Is being Vegan the new solution? - Final piece

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Do you really know what happens to cattle before you eat it yourself?

Over 150 Million animals are killed for food everyday - and that is just land animals. But if we include farmed fish and wild animals too, the total dramatically rises to 3 Billion animals killed for food a day.

This is why I have come up with an idea that will reduce the amount of cattle farming majorly. Every month there should be a Vegan week that the Whole of the UK get involved with. People should only eat non-dairy, meat free and non-amimal produce food. As well as that they should not wear, use or buy any clothes produced by animals e.g snake skin handbags or leather jackets.

Although it could be tricky for some people (because many people have already taken veganism into consideration) this would really help the environment and have a huge/good impact on climate change. It would take a bit of getting used to but in the longterm it would really pay off and help save the planet from the climate crisis.

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Alberta Cattle Feeders Association

https://www.cattlefeeders.ca/agriculture-albertas-economic-backstop/

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  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg fantastic_duck
    Faringdon Community College 11 Jul 2019

    Although I am not one myself, I do respect both vegans' ethical and environmental reasons for taking up their particular diet.

    From an ethical standpoint I can respect their viewpoint because, seeing videos online of cattle, pigs and chickens in cramped, awful conditions I think it is awful at how they are treated. No animal should ever have to live like that. Anything living should not be made to suffer like that. Unfortunately, many do, in dairy and egg farming as well as meat farming . Maybe our mass farms as quite as horrid as some places abroad (we have welfare laws) but this does not mean we aren't contributing to the problem. We import a lot of our meat, animal products, fish, dairy products and poultry from and outside the EU, where many have a low, sometimes shockingly so, level of animal welfare. Even if we buy our meat from in the UK, there are many farms that don't follow animal welfare laws or you could argue that animal welfare laws in place don't do enough to keep the animal's standard of living high enough.

    I also agree from an environmental standpoint because of the amount of greenhouse gasses, specifically methane that animals like cows produce. In fact, this (available at https://timeforchange.org/are-cows-cause-of-global-warming-meat-methane-CO2) shows how much cows in particular contribute to greenhouse gas emissions:

    'A cow does on overage release between 70 and 120 kg of Methane per year. Methane is a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide (CO2). But the negative effect on the climate of Methane is 23 times higher than the effect of CO2. Therefore the release of about 100 kg Methane per year for each cow is equivalent to about 2'300 kg CO2 per year.
    Let's compare this value of 2'300 kg CO2: The same amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) is generated by burning 1'000 liters of petrol. With a car using 8 liters of petrol per 100 km, you could drive 12'500 km per year (7'800 miles per year).'

    Its quite shocking to what extent they do contribute to global warming, they don't just add a tiny bit, they contribute a considerable and significant amount. Most of these animals are around because of our love for meat and dairy products and is something we could manage without, if we plan our diets so we consume all the necessary nutrients needed in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Finding technical solutions to transport and energy is time consuming and something that we have to leave to proffesionals to sort out, its also hard to entirely cut out single use plastics from our lifestyles. However going vegan, although admittedly harder for many of us to do then a 'normal' animal produce filled diet is relatively easy and cheap, especially compared to buying an electric car or solar panels.

    So what is my stance on this? Why am I respecting, maybe even praising vegans for their diet choice while not becoming one too? It's because I think there are changes that I could make, and indeed plan to make especially when I am in control of cooking for myself, that I find are ethical and reasonably environmentally friendly. They are:

    1. Try to buy locally sourced products.
    This goes for meat, but for veg as well. Many people may not always think of it but our meat and veg can an normally does come from all over the planet. This may be normally ok, but then you consider the ferries, trucks, and other methods of transport that transport these goods to then be on your plate. These methods of transport will most probably be fossil-fueled (petrol or diesel), which off course has a huge impact on the environment, especially when you consider how far away some of them have travelled from. If you buy products that are locally sourced, many will say on the packet where they are from then they had to travel less far to get to you and so will have had a lesser affect on the environment. This will also mean it would be a good habit for myself and others to get into to eat food that is in season ('grown or available at the time of year in question') in your countries. This, unfortunately, means likely no strawberries in the middle of winter etc. This will sometimes have the benefit of supporting more local, smaller farmers. Even if you can't get any from very close, even getting something produced in England is better then sourcing stuff from abroad.

    2.Buy food products from more ethical farms.
    I said earlier how awful of conditions some animals are kept in but if you make the extra effort, you can often find 'free range' or 'ethically sourced' products where the animals are kept in better conditions with, generally speaking, more space and access to outdoor spaces. Even if this means a little extra money, I think it is well worth it.

    3.Eat less meat.
    I, myself have a lot of vegetarian meals. Not purposely, just the kind of food I eat, happens to often not have meat in it. This of course has both environmental and health benefits, as eating too much meat is never good for anyone. I'm not saying eat no meat, just have less as you don't need a meal of meat or fish everyday. Buying less, means you maybe can afford to spend a little extra on you meat. My motto: eat higher quality meat, less often.

    So that is my opinion on if I agree with vegans and how I take, or will take ethical and environmental concerns into my diet. I was wondering what you think ,fierce_personality, on my opinions, specifically about whether not becoming fully vegan actually does help, as you seem to think it would be good if people embraced the vegan diet entirely for a week. Though I would add that I think trying it for a week is a good idea, because it makes people at least think more about how much meat they are actually eating and whether it is really necessary.

    Sources:
    -https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=in+season+definion&rlz=1C1GCEV_enGB857&oq=in+season+definion&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.4191j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&safe=active&ssui=on
    -https://timeforchange.org/are-cows-cause-of-global-warming-meat-methane-CO2

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