The Environmental Impacts Of A Diet Based On Animal Products

1822 WordsDec 5, 20148 Pages
The environmental impacts of a diet based in animal products is well documented and is the source of much debate. According to a report from the United Nations ' Livestock 's Long Shadow (2006),“[t]he livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” For those committed to reducing their negative impact on the environment, one solution would be to transition to a vegetarian or vegan/plant-based diet. Its not ethical to prescribe one way of being for environmentalists all over the world, especially when considering potential cultural differences. However, most committed environmentalists should attempt to adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet. This is because (1) animal products are an inefficient source of protein in terms of environmental impact, (2) the greenhouse gas emissions from an animal product-based diet is significantly higher than a plant-based diet and (3) animals are part of the environment and their treatment is as important as the treatment of the planet as a whole. Environmentalists take extreme measures for their cause to protect nature. Their tactics often involve petitions, media interferences, and boycotts. Boycotting a company that is known to be involved in unethical behaviour has shown to be a very effective and one of the simplest, most direct ways to use your power as consumer, since most of the world 's population is embedded in the
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