The Consumption Of The Livestock Industry

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Have you ever realized that grain fed to livestock could be used to feed starving children? Plump, hormone-injected cattle feed on grain and drink precious purified water while frail, emaciated children with bacteria-swollen stomachs scrounge for food in the streets of Ethiopia, their sunken eyes and cracked lips manifesting their chronic dehydration. Livestock production is causing more ethical problems that most realize. In addition to contributing to the starvation of children, the livestock industry is a major culprit in terms of the unscrupulous treatment of animal as well as the destruction of the environment and its natural resources. The cattle themselves are often kept in overcrowded, unsanitary living conditions. Moreover,…show more content…
In Bonnie Liebman’s Nutrition Action Health Letter cover story he states: “About 60 to 70 percent of soybeans and a slightly higher percentage of corn goes for animal feed rather than as feed for humans or other uses.” Distressing findings in the study prove food that could potentially save lives is being grown to feed cattle that are likely going to be eaten by fast-food restaurant frequenters. Each time an American consumes a hamburger from McDonalds they are not only wasting money on a ninety-nine cent greased heart attack, but are also potentially starving a child. The statistics prove that individuals can certainly make a tremendous difference in world hunger. Some may argue that such restaurants provide essential employment opportunities, or that livestock industry workers need their careers as well. However, complete abstinence from meat isn’t the only option to solving the issue. For example, if families in the US chose not to eat it on Meatless Mondays, the amount of grain used to feed cattle could be reduced drastically. Hence, vegetarianism can certainly have a considerably positive impact on such issues. David Pimentel, professor of ecology in Cornell University 's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, states, "If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million.” Thus, it becomes
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