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Why you should be (at least) a vegetarian

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This post is just the Logical Part! I will update it with more info too

LOGICAL:

1.  Eating meat contributes in a major way to extreme environmental pollution; long lasting deforestation, water contamination, air contamination

2.  Energy requirements to sustain a predominantly meat diet is inefficient especially considering what percentage of the world dies of hunger

3.  EXTREMELY DANGEROUS for our health.  Not because of fats or such, because of viruses, bacteria, antibotics, etc

Some statistics (year 2000, US/Worldwide):

JUST THE US:

9.390 BILLION broiler chickens slaughtered Yearly

364 million layer hens

279 million turkeys

27 million ducks

128 million pigs

38.9 million cattle and calves

3.9 million sheep

US total: 10.2 billion animals slaughtered yearly

“The worldwide number of animals killed for food in 2000 was 45 billion, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. This included 306 million cattle, buffalo, and calves, 1.2 billion pigs, 795 million sheep and goats, and nearly 43 billion chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese. The figures exclude some small countries and ‘non-slaughter’ deaths, which are generally not reported.”

http://www.wfad.org/mediacenter/victimsreport.pdf

(extrapolation of data published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) by FARM: http://www.usafarm.org

some animal resources:  www.usafarm.org, http://www.madcowboy.com, http://www.peta.org, http://www.wfad.org/mediacenter/victimsreport.pdf

1.  Eating meat contributes in a major way to extreme environmental pollution; long lasting deforestation, water contamination, air contamination, etc

and

2.  Energy requirements to sustain a predominantly meat diet is inefficient especially considering what percentage of the world dies of hunger

*  350 million tons of manure each year is dumped into rivers and lakes in the US.

(http://www.vegforlife.org/earth.htm)(http://www.farmsanctuary.org/issues/factoryfarming/environment/more.html)

*  89,000 pounds per second of feces into the environment, all without the benefit of waste treatment systems.

* THATS 130 times as much excrement as the entire U.S. population

*  A pig farm with 5,000 animals produces as much fecal waste as a city of 50,000 people

*  In 1995 25 million gallons of putrid hog urine and feces spilled into a North Carolina river, between 10 to 14 million fish died as an immediate result.

(feces produced are stored in sprawling brown lagoons)

*  pesticides, antibiotics, and powerful growth hormones that are concentrated in animal flesh are also found in their feces.

In West Virginia and Maryland scientists have recently discovered that male fish are growing ovaries, and they suspect that this freakish deformity is the result of factory-farm run-off from drug-laden chicken feces

(David Fahrenthold, “Male Fish Bass in Potomac Producing Eggs,” The Washington Post 15 Oct. 2004.)

*  EPA reports that chicken, hog, and cattle excrement have polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states.

(WorldWatch Institute, “Fire Up the Grill for a Mouthwatering Red, White, and Green July 4th,”, 2 Jul. 2003.)

*  The pollution strength of raw manure is 160 times greater than raw municipal sewage. There are no federal guidelines that regulate how factory farms treat, store, and dispose of the trillions of pounds of concentrated, untreated animal excrement that they produce each year.

(Neuse Riverlaw and Waterkeepers, “Fecal Waste Production of Swine and Microbial Treatment Requirements.”)

*  Streams and rivers carry excrement from animal factories to the Mississippi River, which then deposits the waste in the Gulf of Mexico. The nitrogen from animal feces—and from fertilizer used to grow crops for farmed animals—causes algae populations to skyrocket, leaving little oxygen for other life forms.

A 2006 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone”—an area in which virtually all the sea animals and plants have died—is now half the size of Maryland

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “NOAA Forecasts Larger Than Normal ‘Dead Zone’ for Gulf This Summer,” 24 Jul. 2006.)

(In 2006, a separate study by Princeton University found that a shift away from meat production—as well as Americans’ adoption of vegetarian diets—would dramatically reduce the amount of nitrogen in the Gulf to levels that would make the dead zone “small or non-existent.”)

(Simon D. Donner, “Surf or Turf: A Shift From Feed to Food Cultivation Could Reduce Nutrient Flux to the Gulf of Mexico,” Global Environmental Change Jun. 2006. )

*  Fish farm cages have actually caused the ocean floor to rot in some areas, and the sludge of fish feces and other debris can be toxic for already-strained ocean ecosystems

(Pollution Control Authority, “Water Pollution: Fish Farms,” State of the Environment Norway, 2004.)

*  14 million pounds of particulate dust every year and that the dust “contains biologically active organisms such as bacteria, mold, and fungi from the feces and the feed

(Consumers Union, “Animal Factories: Pollution and Health Threats to Rural Texas,” May 2000.)

*  When the cesspools holding tons of urine and feces get full, factory farms will frequently get around water pollution limits by spraying liquid manure into the air, creating mists that are carried away by the wind.

(Jennifer Lee, “Neighbors of Vast Hog Farms Say Foul Air Endangers Their Health,” The New York Times 11 May 2003.)

it takes about 1,916 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.

(http://www.alternet.org/water/90131)

*  2006 United Nations report found that the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined

(H. Steinfeld et al., Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options, Livestock, Environment and Development (2006))

*  Animal agriculture is the leading source of methane and nitrous oxide emissions

(NewScientist.com, “It’s Better to Green Your Diet Than Your Car,” 17 Dec. 2005.)

*  100 million tons of methane a year produced by animal agriculture

(www.earthsave.org/globalwarming)

*  1 lb of meat = 40 miles in your SUV

*  Nitrous Oxide is 300 times more potent as a global warming gas than carbon dioxide. According to the U.N., the meat, egg, and dairy industries account for a staggering 65 percent of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions

*  Frog Deformaties Caused By Ranch Runoff.  Just a simple view of what waste is really causing.

“nutrients from fertilizers and animal waste create dramatic changes in aquatic ecosystems that help a certain type of parasitic flatworm that inflicts these deformities on North American frogs, researchers said.

“You can get five or six extra limbs. You can get no hind limbs. You can get all kinds of really bizarre, sick and twisted stuff,” Pieter Johnson, an ecologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Colorado at Boulder who led the study, said in a telephone interview.

Many ecologists have expressed alarm over the plight of the world’s amphibians and the role of human activities in their declining populations.”

(http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSN2432027920070924)

(these pictures makes me sick.)

*  2.9 million acres of rainforest were destroyed in the 2004-2005 crop season in order to grow crops that are used to feed chickens and other animals in factory farms

(Greenpeace, “Eating Up the Amazon,” Apr. 2006 )

* 2011- total area occupied by cattle ranches in the Brazilian Amazon is 214,000 square miles. Just how big is that? A little larger than France.

* between 1990 and 2003 the cow population has nearly tripled from 26.6 million to 64 million in the Brazilian Amazon.

*  80 percent of the world’s soy crop is used to feed farmed animals

*  16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh.

(http://www.goveg.com/environment-wastedResources-rainforest.asp)

*  9 and 13 million kilograms of antibiotics are used annually in the United States for raising livestock, with the majority being used for growth advancement and disease prevention purposes. Large amounts of antibiotics fed to livestock are excreted and end up in animal manure, which is commonly applied to agricultural land to provide crop nutrients. Therefore, food crops grown on manure-altered soils are exposed to antibiotics.

(http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070711134530.htm)

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*  An area of 7 football fields is destroyed every minute to make room for cattle grazing (in the rainforest)

(Smithsonian Institution, “Smithsonian Researchers Show Amazonian Deforestation Accelerating,” Science Daily Online, 15 Jan. 2002.)

3.  EXTREMELY DANGEROUS for our health.  Not because of fats or such, because of viruses, bacteria, antibotics, etc

BACKGROUND: Factory farming conditions place millions of animals within contact of each other in unsanitary conditions.  Requiring the animals to be fit for consumption, they are given antibiotics in order to keep them healthy.  The number of animals receiving such treatment, and the number of viruses and bacteria exposed to them is great.

This means that these microbes have great opportunities to exchange genetic information which in turn means that resistances are rapidly spread.  In consuming these adapted microbes, and furthermore, giving them a breeding ground, we are dramatically increasing the chances for a huge viral or bacterial outbreak.

* Factory Farms Create Conditions for Microbes to become Resistant and More Deadly *

HISTORY:

Example 1:

Spanish Bird Flu-

It was caused by an unusually severe and deadly Influenza A virus strain of subtype H1N1.

Spanish flu may have killed 25 million within 25 weeks beginning in September 1918.

By the fall of 1918 a strain of influenza  seemingly no different from that of previous years suddenly turned so deadly, and engendered such a state of panic and chaos in communities across the globe, that many people believed the world was coming to an end. It struck with amazing speed, often killing its victims within just hours of the first signs of infection. So fast did the 1918 strain overwhelm the body’s natural defenses, that the usual cause of death in influenza patients—a secondary infection of lethal pneumonia—oftentimes never had a chance to establish itself. Instead, the virus caused an uncontrollable hemorrhaging that filled the lungs, and patients would drown in their own body fluids

Not only was the Spanish Flu  strikingly virulent, but it displayed an unusual preference in its choice of victims—tending to select young healthy adults over those with weakened immune systems, as in the very young, the very old, and the infirm.

It is estimated that anywhere from 20 to 100 million people were killed worldwide, or the approximate equivalent of one third of the population of Europe,more than double the number killed in World War I.

(http://www.ninthday.com/spanish_flu.htm)(Spanish flu, ScienceDaily)(America: A Narrative History by Tindall, George Brown & Shi, David Emory 7th ed. copyright 2007 by W.W Norton & Company, Inc.)

One theory is that the virus strain originated at Fort Riley, Kansas, by two genetic mechanisms – genetic drift and antigenic shift – in viruses in poultry and swine which the fort bred for local consumption, but evidence from a recent reconstruction of the virus suggests that it jumped directly from birds to humans, without traveling through swine

(Genetic drift is the accumulation of random events that change the makeup of a gene pool slightly, but often compound over time.)

(Antigenic shift is the process by which at least two different strains of a virus, (or different viruses), especially influenza, combine to form a new subtype having a mixture of the surface antigens of the two original strains. )

Both the H2N2 and H3N2 pandemic strains contained avian flu virus RNA segments.

While the pandemic human influenza viruses of 1957 (H2N2) and 1968 (H3N2) clearly arose through reassortment between human and avian viruses, the influenza virus causing the ‘Spanish flu’ in 1918 appears to be entirely derived from an avian source (Belshe 2005).”

(Avian Influenza by Timm C. Harder and Ortrud Werner, Influenza Report 2006)

WHAT THIS MEANS:  This is not to say that the past will exactly repeat it self.  This is to remind us what bacterial and viral breeding grounds create, especially in combination with our antibiotics.  If you do not have a scientific background heres the simple breakdown.  Viruses, or bacterium which generally infect those farm animals are given time, space, resources (many livestock and antibiotics), and a source of transmission- contact and eating.  Genertically how?  Reassortment to create human pathogenic virus such as 1918 bird flu, resistant strains of microbes.  Bacteria can pick up genetic information from other dead bacteria, sometimes even viruses.  So if a resistant strain is dead and its genes available, another bacteria can gain that resistance.  Certain types of bacteria also share genetic information.

This is not saying that 1918 will repeat it self, this is saying that we are creating highly favorable conditions necessary for it to repeat.

TODAY–

* Bird Flu – H5N1 *

A SERVICE OF THE US NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE:

*  Human infection is still very rare, but the virus that causes the infection in birds might change, or mutate, to more easily infect humans. This could lead to a pandemic, or a worldwide outbreak of the illness.

During an outbreak of bird flu, people who have contact with infected birds can become sick. It may also be possible to catch bird flu by eating poultry that is not well cooked or through contact with a person who has it. Bird flu can make people very sick or even cause death. There is currently no vaccine.

(http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/birdflu.html)

*  Fearing a public health crisis, city officials in December of 1997 ordered the slaughter of Hong Kong’s entire poultry population

*  Indonesia, 2006: WHO reported evidence of limited human-to-human spread of H5N1 virus. In this situation, 8 people in one family were affected, with 7 deaths. H5N1 virus was isolated from 7 cases. The first family member is thought to have become ill through contact with infected poultry. This person then infected six family members. One of those six people (a child) then infected another family member (his father). No further spread outside of the exposed family was documented or suspected.

(http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/outbreaks/current.htm)

*  Indonesia:  55 Cases-  45 Deaths

*  Egypt:  18 Cases-  10 Deaths

*  China:  13 Cases-  10 Deaths

*  Thailand: 3 Cases- 3 Deaths

*  Azerbaijan:  8 Cases- 5 Deaths

(World Health Organization)

Countries Affected by Current CDC and USDA

Bird Import Restrictions

* East Asia and the Pacific:

o Burma (Myanmar)

o Cambodia

o China

o Indonesia

o Japan

o Laos

o Malaysia

o South Korea

o Thailand

o Vietnam

* South Asia:

o Afghanistan

o India

o Kazakhstan

o Pakistan

* Europe & Eurasia:

o Albania

o Azerbaijan

o Denmark (USDA – defined restricted zone only)

o Hungary (USDA – defined restricted zone only)

o France (USDA – defined restricted zone only)

o Romania

o Russia

o Sweden (USDA – defined restricted zone only)

o Turkey

o Ukraine

o United Kingdom (USDA – defined restricted zone only)

* Africa:

o Burkina Faso

o Cameroon

o Djibouti

o Egypt

o Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire)

o Niger

o Nigeria

o Sudan

* Near East:

o Gaza and West Bank

o Israel

o Jordan

o Kuwait

Current as of February 5, 2007

(http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/outbreaks/embargo.htm)

Center of Disease and Control:

All influenza viruses have the ability to change, scientists are concerned that H5N1 virus one day could be able to infect humans and spread easily from one person to another. Because these viruses do not commonly infect humans, there is little or no immune protection against them in the human population. If H5N1 virus were to gain the capacity to spread easily from person to person, an influenza pandemic (worldwide outbreak of disease) could begin. For more information about influenza pandemics, see PandemicFlu.gov.

(http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/gen-info/facts.htm)

*  The virus is excreted through the feces of infected birds and through secretions from the nose, mouth and eyes

Bright Red →  Countries with poultry or wild birds killed by H5N1.

Dark Red →  Countries with humans, poultry and wild birds killed by H5N1.

(The World Health Organization Global Influenza Program Surveillance Network. (2005))

*BIRD FLU AS OF 2010

The World Health Organization is monitoring closely the development of the deadly Bird flu virus, A H5N1, which has killed 40 people so far in Egypt and which has affected people in five different countries since it reappeared in 2010, after a break of seven years. The WHO warns that the virus has met all the prerequisites to start a deadly pandemic bar one.

Since the year 2003, there have been 510 cases of Avian or Bird flu (A H5N1), a highly pathogenic viral disease which spread throughout 15 countries causing 303 deaths, a mortality rate of 59%. This virus has managed to make the species jump from birds to humans on three occasions: Hong Kong 1997 (18 cases, 6 fatalities, 33%); PR China 2003 (2 cases, one fatality, 50%); Eastern Asia 2003/2004 (PR China, 1 case, 1 fatality, 100%; Thailand, 17 cases, 5 fatalities, 29%; Vietnam 29 cases, 20 fatalities, 69%).

(http://english.pravda.ru/health/20-01-2011/116599-bird_flu_who-0/)

* Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) – Mad Cow Disease (MCD)*-my Grandma died of MCD— (rip)

– is a fatal, neurodegenerative disease in cattle, that causes a spongy degeneration in the brain and spinal cord and also causes red eyes.

For Humans: Memory problems, behavior changes, vision problems and poor muscle coordination progress quickly to dementia, coma and death. Most patients die within a year.

(http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/creutzfeldtjakobdisease.html)

*  In the United Kingdom, the country worst affected, more than 179,000 cattle have been infected and 4.4 million slaughtered during the eradication programme

(“The ‘recipe for disaster’ that killed 80 and left a £5bn bill”. The Daily Telegraph)

*  Between 460,000 and 482,000 BSE-infected animals had entered the human food chain before controls on high-risk offal were introduced in 1989

(Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration (2005-09-14)

*  The epidemic was caused by cattle, who are normally herbivores, being fed the remains of other cattle in the form of meat and bone meal (MBM)

(The National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit (NCJDSU), University of Edinburgh (September 2008))

*  High Temperature Resistances- prions refold

*  April 2008, it had killed 164 people in Britain, and 40 elsewhere with the number expected to rise because of the disease’s long incubation period.

(BBC News (2001-11-23))

There is speculation that many deaths are classified under alzheimer’s disease.  Also since there is no regulation on pet food, that many pets are also suffering from undiagnosed BSE

*  65 nations implemented full or partial restrictions on importing U.S. beef products because of concerns that U.S. testing lacked sufficient rigor. As a result, exports of U.S. beefdeclined from 1.3 million metric tons in 2003, before the first mad cow was detected in the US, to 322 thousand metric tons in 2004. This has increased since then to 771 thousand metric tons in 2007

(http://www.usmef.org/TradeLibrary/Statistics.asp)

*  byproducts of ruminants can still be legally fed to pets or other livestock such as pigs and poultry such as chickens. It is legal for ruminants to be fed byproducts from some of these animals.

(FDA)(National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (2008-02-13))

*  A proposal to end the use of cow blood, restaurant scraps, and poultry litter (fecal matter, feathers) in January 2004 has yet to be implemented

*  Euthanized Dogs and Cats are also fed to Live stock

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Please, Live Consciously.  The actions you make affect everyone and everything.  Our planet is suffering from thoughtless decisions, we must be more than just men, we must be responsible.  Live Evolved.

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