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An inconvenient truth: our love of red meat may be killing us and the planet.
Moby, one of our favorite vegans, wrote a piece for the Huffington Post, arguing that if we do not change our meaty ways, we may be screwed.
"A few years ago, I was talking with Al Gore (yes, I'm name dropping). I asked him a very simple and pointed question: "Animal agriculture contributes about 18 percent of the gases that cause climate change. Why didn't you mention this in your book or movie?"
His answer was disconcertingly honest. I'm paraphrasing, but he said: 'For most people, the role of animal agriculture in climate change is too inconvenient of a truth.'"
Moby also listed some fast facts on animal agriculture:
- Uses tons of grain that could be fed directly to people
- Uses tons of fresh water that could be used to grow healthy food
- Creates tons of urine and feces that ruin our lakes, rivers and drinking water
- Creates about 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions
- Contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer
- Causes epidemic zoonotic diseases
- Contributes to the creation of antibiotic resistant "super bugs"
- And is heavily subsidized by our tax dollars.
Check out the full article.
What do you think? Should we stop eating meat or at least cut back? What's should our solution to climate change be?