People who eat meat use to do it for one of these two reasons: Either they eat meat because they believe they cannot live without it or because they enjoy the taste of it. However, if they gave their meat-eating habit a second thought they would know that eating meat is like drinking the most disgusting “hormone cocktail” involving health damaging effects. Actually knowing this should make anybody stop favoring meat. Unfortunately, eating meat has far more consequences than most people know. I came across this awesome article by GABRIELLE CANON saying that researchers recently found out about the hazardous impact of eating meat that goes far beyond simply killing animals. This could result into a total catastrophe for vegans and non-vegans if this is not stopped as soon as possible. She points out the long-term and disastrous effect of eating meat. If you are a vegan or not, this is crucial and undeniable information which should be given the highest priority possible.
“The earth is in the middle of its sixth mass extinction, and die-offs are happening more quickly than ever before. In a little over a century, the world has said goodbye to more than 400 species—and many biologists believe this is just the beginning. Scientists predict that in the next 35 years, as many as 37 percent of the world’s species could go extinct, if current trends continue. While we know that climate change is a major culprit in the loss of biodiversity, some researchers now believe burgers might also be to blame. In a new report, a team from Florida International University cited the land degradation, pollution, and deforestation caused by rising global demand for meat as “likely the leading cause of modern species extinctions,” and the problem is only expected to get worse.
“It’s a colossally important paper,” Gidon Eshel, a geophysicist at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, who studies how human diets affect the environment, told Science Magazine:
Researchers have struggled to determine the full impacts of meat consumption on biodiversity, Eshel says. “Now we can say, only slightly fancifully: You eat a steak, you kill a lemur in Madagascar. You eat a chicken, you kill an Amazonian parrot.”
Meat consumption has increased globally by 24 percent since the 1960s, mostly fueled by high demand from wealthy countries like the United States. Each year the number of livestock—specifically cattle, sheep, goats, and buffalo—increases by 25 million, requiring more space for both housing and feed production. Cattle, which require vast amounts of feed and produce the potent greenhouse gas methane, are expected to grow in number by more than 1 billion by 2050.”
To read the rest of the article, check it out on the original source over at Mother Jones.