Have you ever thought of this that if everyone in the world become vegetarian What would happen?
Before this there are many questions like:
- Would the vegetarian diet save us from climate change?
- Would this improve health?
- What would happen to all those cattle?
There currently 20 million vegetarians in United states of America 6 times more were in 2016, Tofu is feeling up the meat on restaurant menus, dairy-free milk alternatives are pushing their way onto supermarket shelves. What was once a limited diet choice is now becoming mainstream.
Greenhouse gas on becoming vegetarian
Did you know food produced by animal is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions and most of that comes from cows. Every year the world’s cattle population leaves a carbon footprint equivalent to the Carbon dioxide emissions of every car, train, ship and aircraft put together.
Wait how exactly does livestock contribute to global warming? The answer is here, there’s about billion and a half cows in the world each cow releases up to a hundred and twenty kilograms of methane per year on the climate change scale. Methane’s negative effect is 23 higher than carbon dioxides.
On top of that cattle take as much as 2/3 of all agricultural land on the planet, if we all become vegetarian, we’d used most of that pastureland for restoring forests and grasslands to help reduce carbon dioxide in the air. We start growing more crops to fill the gaps in our food supply livestock related gas emissions would drop by 70%.
Our next question was what would happen to all those farm animals with no demand for grilled chicken and roast beef, billions of animals would be slaughtered for abandoned some animals like sheep and pigs might be able to return to the wild but their number would drop due to predators.
Other predators though like broiler chickens couldn’t survive in the wild is they’re so far removed from their ancestors they wouldn’t know what to do their best chance might be sanctuaries where they’d be taken care of until they die out, your local butcher would have to find another job and so would millions of farmers they could start growing more crops or restoring forests but on a large scale the rural communities that used to supply you
with milk, eggs and meat would face significant unemployment.
The developing countries who build their lives and trades around livestock will deal with major economic disruption but everyone would be a little bit healthier or would we adopting a vegetarian diet doesn’t automatically make you healthy eater, vegetables often miss out on vital nutrients they often don’t get enough calcium, iron, vitamin D, zinc, Vitamin B12 or omega-3 fatty acids, since meat eggs and cheese would no longer be served as a perfect source of protein you’d have to eat a lot beans soy and lentils.
But with a proper diet we’d suffer from less coronary heart disease stroke and diabetes, global mortality rates would drop by up to 10% this would mean 8 million per year and up to one trillion dollar saved on health care and lost working day annually, but not in developing countries where over two billion people face massive undernourishment without meat in their diet things wouldn’t get healthier they’d get worse. Having the whole world people go vegetarian might become extreme but keeping dairy foods produced by animals in our diet means we will eventually have to deal with gas emissions.
Luckily for those hooked on meat clean solutions to reduce emissions from the livestock industry already exists all that’s left is to implement them. What about you say no to your meatball pasta tonight?
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