Well We Hindus don’t want to say we told you so but we are going to say it anyway ‘WE TOLD YOU SO’ Even after the outbreak of mad cow disease (BSE) or in humans known as Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (vCJD or nvCJD from beef consumption things have gone from bad to worse where now scientists in their latest studies are reporting that the beef industry is highly damaging to the environment .
As reported in the BBC ,
‘A new study suggests that the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.Scientists measured the environment inputs required to produce the main US sources of protein.
The research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
While it has long been known that beef has a greater environmental impact than other meats, the authors of this paper say theirs is is the first to quantify the scale in a comparative way. ‘
The Huffington post further states,
‘beef production releases five times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the average of other meats and animal products. Nor is that all: Beef requires 28 times more land, 11 times more water, and six times as much reactive nitrogen as the average of the other categories, according to the study.’
The Guardian goes further by commenting
‘Beef’s environmental impact dwarfs that of other meat including chicken and pork, new research reveals, with one expert saying that eating less red meat would be a better way for people to cut carbon emissions than giving up their cars.
The heavy impact on the environment of meat production was known but the research shows a new scale and scope of damage, particularly for beef. The popular red meat requires 28 times more land to produce than pork or chicken, 11 times more water and results in five times more climate-warming emissions. When compared to staples like potatoes, wheat, and rice, the impact of beef per calorie is even more extreme, requiring 160 times more land and producing 11 times more greenhouse gases.’
Time to stop eating Mother Cow to save Mother Earth
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