Save the planet by cutting down on meat?

1445 Words Jun 18th, 2018 6 Pages
In his article, Johnson (2008) satirically expresses opposition to the former UN climate chief suggestion that the whole of human race should shun meat and consider converting vegetarianism, so as to, save earth from climate change. In response to this, Johnson argues that, he is simply not converting to vegetarianism just because the former UN climate chief had asked the whole of the human race to avoid meat. UN-FAO figures propose that, meat production puts more Green House Gases (GHG’s herein after) than the general global transport network. As reported by BBC (2008) meat production cycle accounts for 18% of the GHG emissions. In contrast, transport makes up just 13% of the world’s greenhouse gas footprint. Moreover, cows turn out …show more content…
A further rise of 57% in worldwide meat demand by 2020 has also been projected, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Southeast Asia. This supports Johnson’s argument that Cows are not the problem; its people eating the cows that are the problem.
According to Foley et al. (2005, p.570) the advent of contemporary agriculture as well as forestry has been one of the major events in human history. Whether by stepping up practices on existing forests, pastures, croplands or by clearing natural ecosystems; human land use practices are radically changing the earth’s climate as well as exploiting an even larger share of the earth’s environment in the process. In support of this, Bonan (1997, p.449) suggested that the earth’s surface is persistently modified by continued natural as well as human activities.
What's more, Tilman et al. (2001,p.281) postulates that the next 50 years are expected to be the period of swift agricultural growth, demand for food by the constantly growing worldwide population will be a key driver of climate change. If past dependencies of the global impacts of agriculture on human utilization continue, 10 billion hectares of natural ecosystems will be transformed to agricultural land by 2050. Additionally, Burney (2010, p.1) suggests that it’s the substantial GHG emissions from agricultural production combined to land use changes
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