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Earth’s Only Hope: Vegan Revolution

Written by PETA | November 9, 2010

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Think way back to the days of the dinosaurs, the cave people, and America’s original tea partiers for an instant reminder that in the grand scheme of things, 40 years is a drop in the bucket. And 40 years after the fast-food revolution took off in the 60s and 70s, McDonald’s and other quickie burger and chicken joints continue to multiply and spread across the world than faster than a family of bedbugs in a New York City row house (or slaughterhouse).

The meat, dairy, and egg industries have helped to morph humans into meat addicts who shovel animal parts into their mouths which serves only to increase the number of those who sicken and die from meat-related ailments including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. And the meat factories have raped and fouled the world’s land, water, and air—and not without severe and soon-to-be deadly consequences for the planet.

Fast-forward 40 years: Today’s scientists make it very clear that if meat-eaters don’t greatly curb their addictions—or better yet, quit them, pronto—then by 2050, life is going to be very grim for humans, many of whom will be suffering and dying from starvation. And, as Reynard Loki’s article “Rise of the Herbivores” points out, a million other species, including elephants, polar bears, and tigers, will already be long gone, unable to cope with climate change and dwindling habitats.

Loki’s article also mentions points made in 2009 by the head of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Jacque Diouf, who told attendees at a food-security conference that global food production would need to double by 2050 in order to head off mass hunger. But if humans don’t check their meat addictions and if meat production continues as is, then by 2050, the livestock sector alone might either occupy the majority of, or significantly overshoot, recently published estimates of humanity’s “safe operating space.”

This dire situation has even flesh peddlers paying attention. A recent article on Meatingplace.com begins, “People need to begin limiting the amount of meat they eat to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, nitrate pollution, and habitat destruction, according to a new study by Canada’s Dalhousie University.”

Limiting one’s intake of animal products is a good start, but going vegan—today—is the surest, most effective way to save animals, humans, and the planet tomorrow.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Eky says:

    Vegan is the ony one way to save this world…

  • Kalama Halamezad says:

    If you actually want to see well-researched material on this topic, read “Livestock’s Long Shadow”, the official UN report that is generally referred to by vegetarians as proof that the meat industry is destroying the planet, and that the only way keep up with food demand is to quit eating meat. The thing is, is that the report doesn’t even make such conclusions. In fact, it pretty much says that meat production could be sustainable if done properly. The wastefulness of said industry doesn’t lie in it’s product, but rather it’s focus on maximizing it’s own profitability. After all, a good chunk of the land degradation and water wasted comes from growing the plants used to feed the livestock, much of which would still be consumed to grow food for people if they weren’t eating meat. Less of it, of course–but still an amount that would eventually be exhausted considering current farming practices. Also, separation of animal waste and farmland is one of the factors identified as causative of land degradation as well. Getting poo back into farmlands instead of tanks under factory farms would actually benefit the land. All in all, meat isn’t destroying the planet. High-yield agriculture with almost no concern for maintaining existing resources is.

  • Justin Van Kleeck says:

    Katrin, this is definitely one of the best, most informed and informative articles I have read on PETA Files. Thank you for making such an articulate, well-researched case for veganism. I am glad to see someone else is not afraid to go in-depth and rely on actual data when doing so, rather than just hurling opinions. Keep up the great work.

  • Daniel J. Aguilar D. says:

    Súper interesante, solo hay que entender que esta forma de vida (la comida rápida, etc.) en 40 años alcanzo su punto mas alto, así que la revolución vegana también necesitará tiempo para seguir creciendo, también hay que entender que el consumo de animales a sido parte de la alimentación humana por mucho tiempo y los veganos debemos entender que los niños, niñas y demás personas han nacido ya con esa idea y que solo algunos con el pasar del tiempo tomaran la decisión de cambiar su forma de alimentación, lo que trato de decir es que debemos ser pacientes en cuanto a este tema pero de algo estoy seguro… La revolución vegana ya empezó¡¡¡¡¡¡

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