Going Green With A Plant Based Diet To Save Life On Earth
We are at a period of time in the evolution of humanity where going green is crucially important. Many people don’t realize that the antithesis of going green is eating a meat-centered diet. You might be thinking, “Oh come on? How is is eating a meat-centered diet the antithesis of going green?
Let us first understand what going green means. Basically going green means living in a way that is sustainable for the earth. It means living in a way and making decisions that support the health of the ecosystem, so that the ecosystem in-turn can support all life on earth.
In essence it means leaving the smallest carbon footprint behind as possible. Carbon footprint is the sum of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that result from the industries we create and activities we do.
Green House Gases And Climate Change
The amount of CO2 industry and people put into the atmosphere is of great concern because CO2 is a green house gas and the amount of green house gases that are in the atmosphere affect the earth’s temperature.
Unfortunately carbon dioxide is not the only greenhouse gas we need to be concerned with. There is also methane.
Industrial activities are responsible for the unnatural rise of green house gases in the earth’s atmosphere, and they are unbalancing the earth’s ecosystem and are threatening its ability to sustain life on earth.
The very delicate balance of green house gases in the atmosphere converts radiation from the sun into heat and maintains a temperature that supports life on earth.
The increase in greenhouse gases is unravelling that balance and is allowing the temperature of the earth to rise to a point that will not support humanity and much of the life on earth.
The Destruction Of The Ecosystem
The going green book, The God-Awakening Diet, details how the reliance on meat-centered diets is forcing the meat industry to devise ways to supply the demand for meat. The processes the meat industry has needed to develop has become the primary threat to the earth’s ecosystem and its ability to sustain life on earth.
These processes result in deforestation, overuse of fresh water, erosion of land, pollution of the atmosphere, raising and killing a billions of animals every year just in the United States, overuse of fossil fuels, and the overuse of energy.
Each one of these actions result in the destruction of the ecosystem and leads to destructive climate change.
5 million acres of forests in South and Central America that remove carbon dioxide from the air are cut down each year to provide land for cattle to graze.
This results in less carbon dioxide being removed from the atmosphere, and less conversion of carbon dioxide into oxygen for humans and animals to breath.
Deforestation also results in the destruction of the natural habitat of many animals and is responsible for 20 percent of all endangered species.
A large number of livestock graze on these lands and this has resulted in overgrazing during the last 60 years that has damaged over 85% of the rangeland in the Americas.
Nitrogen Fertilizer Is Destroying Life In The Coastal Oceans
An incredible amount of nitrogen-based fertilizer has to be used to be able to grow crops on some of the damaged land so that the land doesn’t become totally unusable.
Much of the fertilizer runs of the land into streams and rivers and eventually ends up in the coastal oceans. The abundance of nitrogen fertilizer that ends up in the coastal oceans unbalances the ecosystem in these coastal areas and results in the depletion of oxygen and the death of sea life in the effected areas.
Slaughtering Of Animals And Overproduction Of Crops
Around 10 billion animals are raised and killed every in the U.S. to supply the demand of meat-centered diets.
The majority of livestock are raised under horrific conditions in factory farms. It takes a lot of grain to feed billions of animals a year and 70% of the grain production goes to feeding them. In contrast, there are only around 300 million people in the U.S.
It would take far less grain to feed a U.S. population that consumed a diet centered on grains and other plant foods. This is a very important point because around 80% of the fresh water used in the U.S. goes to watering crops that we don’t eat, but goes to feeding and raising animals.
Presently we are suffering a water crisis out West and in the Mid-West. NASA, Columbia University, and Cornell University predicted a mega-drought would occur over the next 30 years and will be the worst drought seen in the U.S. in a thousand years.
This is happening because of the overuse of fresh water needed to not only to grow crops that are mainly used to feed billions of animals, but is also used for the animals to drink. 80-90% the fresh water used goes to grow crops and raise livestock.
Animal Waste Producing Methane Greenhouse Gas
10 billion animals a year produce a lot of feces that release unnatural amounts of methane gas into the air. Though carbon dioxide is the main greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, methane gas has 25 times a greater impact on climate change than C02 does.
Fossil Fuel Use
The amount of fossil fuel needed to raise livestock is staggering. The energy used to produce 1kcal of meat is around 11 times that what is needed to produce 1 kcal of grain. The burning of the fossil fuel also contributes heavily to greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock production produces more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation does.
All of this destruction being done to the earth and its ecosystem is being done to satisfy that demand of meat-centered diets. The welfare of humanity rests on humanity going green immediately.
People have been conditioned by a business paradigm that keeps people from seeing that their actions are having dire consequences on the life of the planet.
Too many people have been conditioned to see themselves only as individuals and not as being part of a collective.
It is ever so important that people break free of this paradigm and come to the realization that they are part of the unifying force the permeates everything animate and inanimate thing on the earth. This unifying force is also permeates the entire universe.
In my book, The God-Awakening Diet, I coined the term God/The Source/Nature™ to refer to this unifying force in and attempt to encompass all views that recognize this order in life in one way or another.
It urgent that people come to the understanding that a great part of their purpose in life is to be caretakers of the earth, and yes believe it that a plant-centered diet and not a meat-centered diet is the way to bring the balance of God/The Source/Nature™ back into the world.
Meat consumption in itself is not the problem. The heavy reliance on meat is problematic and in the end the processes used to support the mass production of animals produces inferior meat that supports the proliferation of disease in our bodies and in the ecosystem.