The subject of red meat production is one that sharply divides meat eaters and vegetarians. I’m a vegetarian, however, not because I believe that red meat is inherently bad for the environment but because many of our practices concerning red meat, and the sheer volume that we consume, is deleterious to the environment. The amount of grain production that is necessary to feed cows that are ultimately consumed by humans is huge. In order to feed such a large population of humans such a large population of meat, farmers have upped cattle-feed production by using large farm subsidies to grow corn. They grow as much corn as possible in as short of an area as possible with little regard to crop sustainability. Cows aren’t natural corn eaters so they have had their diets altered to eat tons of corn and grow fat quickly. Diseases have resulted, so they feed them antibiotics as well. Cows get sick and it creates e-coli, which can kill humans. Cows emit more methane into the environment because of their numbers, which hurts the environment and fossil fuels do farm work and ship beef all over the country.
It’s not that we should all completely give up eating red meat but we should SEVERELY curb the amount that we consume and how we grow our cattle.
The answer above adresses the environmental concerns pretty well, but there is also the issue that red meat is not only bad for the environment, but it’s bad for our diet. It’s high in cholesterol and fat. Eating red meat is a lose-lose-lose situation for your body, the animal, and the environment.
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