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Plant waste from the meat and dairy industries

Plant waste from the meat and dairy industries

Here are 10 reasons why the meat and dairy industry is unsustainable: 1. Deforestation Farm animals require considerably more land than crops to produce a given amount of food energy. In Central America alone, 40 percent of all rainforests have been cleared in the last 40 years for cattle pasture to feed the export market — often for U. The World Hunger Program calculated that recent world harvests — if distributed equitably and fed directly to humans, as opposed to livestock — could provide a vegan diet to 6 billion people.

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Environmental Impacts of Meat and Dairy Production

As meat industry sales go down, the United States is experiencing a huge surplus of animal products sold as food. Currently supplies of chicken, beef, pork, turkey, and milk far outweigh demand.

And yet, even with an excess of chicken in cold storage, the USDA is granting waivers for chicken slaughterhouses to increase line speeds and kill even more birds per minute.

A gut-wrenching Compassion Over Killing investigation at Amick Farms in Maryland recently revealed the horrors happening behind the closed doors of one of these high-speed slaughter plants. The question is: with too much chicken in storage already, why increase kill line speeds? This is an issue of animal cruelty and worker safety—and also brings to light corporate greed and massive amounts of food waste.

The poultry industry is reporting a loss of demand for chicken products, leading to huge stocks of meat in cold storage facilities. This, it would seem, is becoming a trend: leading up to Thanksgiving, sales of turkey were doing poorly. Companies are experiencing huge oversupplies and dips in profit, including some companies losing millions of dollars and others shutting down entirely. Yet, instead of reducing production as demand plummets, it would seem that the industry is putting the blame on consumers.

As the USDA grants waivers for more chicken slaughter plants to operate at higher kill line speeds, it would seem that the fault is with chicken producers who are recklessly and increasingly creating supply without demand to back it up.

And this needless supply comes at a heartbreaking cost to animals , workers , and the planet. According to research done for The Guardian , million tons of milk are wasted annually. This happens during production, delivery, in retail, and at the hands of the consumer.

More milk means more cheese, which is easier to store. As of June this has resulted in a cheese stockpile of 1. And instead of decreasing production or switching to more lucrative vegan products, dairy producers are often bailed out by the USDA , which purchases the excess product. Instead of pivoting towards a more marketable and sustainable product that consumers want, the industry can just rely on government bailouts to stay afloat.

Factory farms may even be the cause of produce waste. As the United States continues to struggle with E. Coli outbreaks in romaine lettuce, some experts speculate that strains could be linked to concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Following an outbreak traced to a source in Yuma, Arizona this summer, the FDA traced the strain to water used for irrigation that was possibly tainted by a nearby factory farm.

These farms pose a very serious threat to nearby communities and produce-growers. This summer, COK investigated the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which caused huge animal waste cesspools to overflow into the Cape Fear Watershed in addition to the deaths of millions of animals who were abandoned on farms in the storm.

The effects of these toxic spills on the community remain to be seen. With the planet in peril, a way we can easily decrease our environmental footprint is by simply eating plants. Currently, huge amounts of land are dedicated to grow food to raise animals, who are then slaughtered, processed, and fed to consumers.

By cutting out the middleman—or cow—we can save water and land, feed more people, and shorten the supply chain. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel.

Environmental impact of meat production

Kat has been writing about veganism, environment, and sustainability for five years. Their interests include over-analyzing the various socioeconomic forms of oppression, how that overlaps with veganism, and how the media in all of its forms reflects the current culture. The story of wholesome farmers who let their animals roam free no longer represents the industry.

Global Justice Ecology Project. Leave a Comment. When we think of the big drivers of climate change, cars and air travel often come to mind.

Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet, according to the scientists behind the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife. The scientists also found that even the very lowest impact meat and dairy products still cause much more environmental harm than the least sustainable vegetable and cereal growing. It assessed the full impact of these foods, from farm to fork, on land use, climate change emissions, freshwater use and water pollution eutrophication and air pollution acidification. Avoiding consumption of animal products delivers far better environmental benefits than trying to purchase sustainable meat and dairy.

Can a Climate Conscious Diet Include Meat or Dairy?

Francis Vergunst does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. When we hear about the horrors of industrial livestock farming — the pollution, the waste, the miserable lives of billions of animals — it is hard not to feel a twinge of guilt and conclude that we should eat less meat. Over the next year, more than 50 billion land animals will be raised and slaughtered for food around the world. Most of them will be reared in conditions that cause them to suffer unnecessarily while also harming people and the environment in significant ways. This raises serious ethical problems. Livestock farming has a vast environmental footprint. It contributes to land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain, coral reef degeneration and deforestation. This is more than all emissions from ships, planes, trucks, cars and all other transport put together.

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This contribution would have been much greater had the animal by-products been also efficiently utilized. Efficient utilization of by-products has direct impact on the economy and environmental pollution of the country. Non-utilization or under utilization of by-products not only lead to loss of potential revenues but also lead to the added and increasing cost of disposal of these products. Non-utilization of animal by-products in a proper way may create major aesthetic and catastrophic health problems. Besides pollution and hazard aspects, in many cases meat, poultry and fish processing wastes have a potential for recycling raw materials or for conversion into useful products of higher value.

The size and characteristics of the water footprint vary across animal types and production systems. Per ton of product, animal products generally have a larger water footprint than crop products.

In the documentary, animal biologist Liz Bonnin investigates the environmental impact of animals being raised to supply the world's demand for meat, and looks at efforts designed to reduce the effects. She begins her journey in Texas, on a vast intensive farm with 50, cows, which emit huge amounts of methane, an incredibly potent greenhouse gas that is contributing to climate change. At a university in California, she hears of the efforts of scientists to better understand a cow's digestion so that they can reduce methane emissions. Grazing ruminant animals including cattle and sheep , have a critically important role to play in rebuilding our soil fertility and carbon stocks, he said.

Beef and Dairy Industries in “Death Spiral,” Will Collapse by 2030, Report Says

Hunger is usually not caused by a global shortage of food production. Although a billion people are hungry, we harvest 4, calories per day per person but only 2, per person are consumed. Agriculture is the largest driver of species loss and habitat destruction.

A student walks through a vegan cafeteria on a German college campus. A report shows that a modest shift toward plant-based diets globally could cancel out increasing emissions from helping undernourished people get the nutrition they need. Two new studies are making the case that people in high-income countries need to cut back on livestock-based foods, but they're also suggesting that one-size-fits-all recommendations won't work in all cases. Though each advocates a major transformation in how the world eats and produces food in order to slow climate change —including a shift toward plant-based diets—they also say that consuming meat and dairy products in certain parts of the world, by certain populations, is critical for meeting nutritional goals. If countries invested just half of 1 percent of global GDP in carbon-friendly agriculture , food waste reduction, reforestation and prescribing more plant-focused diets, among other measures, the world could sustainably feed itself and reduce the climate-related damage, the authors found. Your inbox.

How Big Meat Took Over the Food Industry

By , modern food products will be higher quality and cost less than half the price of the animal- derived foods they replace, the dairy and cattle industries will have collapsed, and the rest of the livestock industry will follow. Modern ingredients and the foods are about ten times more efficient across the board — from land and water use, to feedstock consumption and energy use. Precision fermentation PF is a process that enables the programming of micro-organisms to produce almost any complex organic molecule. Its costs are dropping exponentially because of rapid improvements in underlying biological and information technologies. By , modern food products will cost less than half as much to produce as the animal-derived products they replace. At the same time, this new production system has the potential to spur competition and fast iteration of products that are ever cheaper and ever better: more nutritious, healthier, better tasting, more convenient, and more varied, as long as open markets and nutritional standards are protected. The report details the way different parts of the cow collagen, milk, meat and leather and the markets they serve will be disrupted separately and concurrently by different technologies and business-model innovations that overlap, reinforce and accelerate each other. Costs are decreasing exponentially while quality and variety increase exponentially.

Sep 18, - A report shows that a modest shift toward plant-based diets globally could food waste reduction, reforestation and prescribing more plant-focused diets, because of the greenhouse gas emissions from dairy production.

Feeding the world in a sustainable way is one of our most pressing challenges in the coming decades. Meat plays a pivotal role in this. Meat is an important source of nutrition for many people around the world.

Beef and Dairy Industries in “Death Spiral,” Will Collapse by 2030, Report Says

That includes raising and harvesting all the plants, animals and animal products we eat — beef, chicken, fish, milk, lentils, kale, corn and more — as well as processing, packaging and shipping food to markets all over the world. Lots of ways. Here are four of the biggest: When forests are cleared to make room for farms and livestock — this happens on a daily basis in some parts of the world — large stores of carbon are released into the atmosphere, which heats up the planet. When cows, sheep and goats digest their food, they burp up methane, another potent greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.

As meat industry sales go down, the United States is experiencing a huge surplus of animal products sold as food. Currently supplies of chicken, beef, pork, turkey, and milk far outweigh demand. And yet, even with an excess of chicken in cold storage, the USDA is granting waivers for chicken slaughterhouses to increase line speeds and kill even more birds per minute.

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The environmental impact of meat production varies because of the wide variety of agricultural practices employed around the world. All agricultural practices have been found to have a variety of effects on the environment. Some of the environmental effects that have been associated with meat production are pollution through fossil fuel usage, animal methane, effluent waste, and water and land consumption. Meat is obtained through a variety of methods, including organic farming , free range farming , intensive livestock production , subsistence agriculture , hunting , and fishing.

Introduction 1. General environmental impact 1. Overall waste production 1. The Key-indicator 1. Introduction The study describes and analyses the relationship between the production of waste in animal product processing industries on the one hand and the prevention and treatment of the waste on the other.

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