By Frosty Wooldridge
(1.5 billion cows eat, crap, expel methane gas and more 24/7. Enormous amounts of fossil fuel burns to feed them, transport them, milk them, slaughter them and take them to market. The United States faces an added 122 million people by 2050—a scant 37 years from now. Will we possess enough water, energy and arable land to continue this enterprise?) Photography by www.google.com
(Shot of Texas industrial beef waste river heading to a holding lagoon. Ultimately such waste seeps into every corner of the natural world.) Photography by www.reddit.com
“The 400-page report by the Food and Agricultural Organization, entitled Livestock's Long Shadow, also surveys the damage done by sheep, chickens, pigs and goats. But in almost every case, the world's 1.5 billion cattle are most to blame. Livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.”
(Behind every bucolic farm barn, farmers burn anything and everything including plastics, chemicals, containers that held chemicals such as fertilizers, medicines, oil and unspeakable filth.) Photography by www.BurnBarrel.org
(Steaming billions of tons of cow manure cannot be handled by the natural world. It poisons the soil, groundwater and atmosphere. Over 1.5 billion cows create inexhaustible waste worldwide in our water, oceans, land and air.) Photo by Robert Barker
Feedlots and fertilizers over-nourish water, causing weeds to choke all other life. The vast array of pesticides, antibiotics and hormones ultimately migrate into drinking water and endanger human health. In dairy farm states like Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio—ground water contamination creates mega-problems for humans and animals alike. Cancer: Sandra Steingraber wrote a book about cancer caused by contaminated ground water, rivers and lagoons—Living Down Stream.
Agricultural contamination washes down to the sea, killing coral reefs and creating "dead zones" devoid of life. The Mississippi River absorbs and transports millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Gulf of Mexico. Recent reports show a 10,000 square mile dead zone in New Orleans.
The mind-numbing damage can only grow by insane degrees as the human race adds another 3 billion of itself by 2050.
― Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others
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