Sausage. There are more components in sausage than bacon. Also, the process to combine all the components and wrap them uses up more energy and resources.
Great point about the process to combine all the components. The only argument I would have though is what the other member points out. We use some parts that would otherwise be thrown out. So while we use a pig for its bacon we probably would throw out part of that pig if it were not for using them for sausage. Food for thought I guess. 🙂
I agree with vkarout that bacon is less processed and likely better for the environment, but to take a contrarian point of view, it could be that sausage is more environmentally friendly. First, sausages are often wrapped in intestines, wich would otherwise be thrown away. Additinally, some of the meat that goes into sausages, we may not otherwise eat. I remember reading an article on prize winning fat pigs, and it was discussed that their meat is often used for pepperoni and other highly spiced sausages because we otherwise would not tolerate the smell of the meat. So, if we would not eat the parts of meat that normally go into sausages, it could be that sausages may be more friendly than bacon.
Neither. Neither of these choices are environmentally “green”. The feces, urine and blood run-off that goes into the ground water from either of these choices makes up the #1 polluter of our soil and ground water, non-point source ground pollution.
Also, because pigs are kept as prisoners and aren’t treated well (along with other farmhouse animals) and the flora in their guts are upset, they contribute methane to the environment, which is 30X more powerful in our atmosphere than C02. Methane traps re-emitted long wave electromagnetic radiation by its chemical and physical properties that would otherwise go back into space, contributing vastly to global warming. Methane from farm animals contributes more to global warming than any other source, including the C02 from all of the cars in the world combined. They also emit nitrous oxide (which acidifies and kills forests) and ammonia, which causes sickness and diseases in humans.
Also, when you put “dead” things into your body (like cooked food), your body becomes the same, and leads room for parasites that take advantage of the dead stuff. Your bowels become like a steaming bog, and parasites lead to an entire host of infections that most doctors can’t diagnose, because they have tests for less than 5% of the parasites in the world–often, doctors often don’t think of testing for it. An estimated more than 90% of Americans have parasites.
Some diseases caused by parasites, for instance: multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis (parasites eat away at the lining between the joints), headaches, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, acne, distended belly, inability to lose weight despite diet and exercise, starving because you’re not getting the nutrients you need since the parasites eat them first, obesity, and more. This isn’t even touching on the effects of saturated fats or cortisol (the fear chemical created by animals at their point of death, which still remains in their muscles and degrades proteins and amino acids, the building blocks of our DNA, and has the same effect in us) in the body.
Anti-health is not naturally Sustainable–it is not green at all.
Also, if everyone were to eat animal flesh, there would not be enough resources (food and water) in this world to go around. If everyone can’t do it, then it’s not Sustainable, and therefore not green.
Eating animal flesh is the number one reason more than 2 million people die from lack of water each year (due to more than 75% of fresh water from aquifers, rivers and other fresh water sources going to agriculture to feed livestock for slaughter), when it could be going to making plants and grains, and millions more die from lack of food.
Energetically-speaking, eating animal flesh is a terrible waste in the energy pyramid, as each time you go up a level from being a primary producer (the plants), to primary consumer (animals that eat only plants), to secondary consumer (animals that eat animals that eat plants), to tertiary (animals that eat animals that have eaten other animals) and so on, >90% of energy is wasted in the form of feces and heat. It takes a lot less energy to be a vegetarian. Only <10% is used for building the body and energy. That energy could be going towards more plants and greener living.
The antibiotics going to the livestock animals (not to cure them, but to make them grow and/or to keep them alive long enough to compensate in squalid conditions) are more than 70% of the antibiotics in the U.S., and is the primary reason for superior bacterial resistance.
Influenza and swine flu comes from growing livestock animals for slaughter, and without treating animals as if they’re here for exploitation, there’s a whole plethora of microbial and viral diseases that wouldn’t be around.
Every animal has a purpose alive, where it is. Pigs have also been said to have the intelligence of a 5 year old child, beating both chimpanzees and dogs in video game scores.
If you care about the environment, eat raw (uncooked) whole organic vegetarian foods. Meat-eaters have no claims to being environmentalists, knowing what the impact is.
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