I’m back! Thank you for all the birthday wishes!
I talk a lot more about animal rights and the health benefits of veganism, but a vegan lifestyle is massively beneficial to the environment.
Factory farms produce massive amounts of animal waste that is all consolidated in one small area. Animal wastes are high in phosphorous and nitrogen. When it rains this waste can wash downhill towards streams and other bodies of water. Other times it is left to soak into the soil, and sometimes contaminate the ground water.
The nutrients in the waste lead to excessive algae growth which in turn depletes the oxygen in the water. This can kill more sensitive species of fish and make the water unsuitable for humans. Erin Brockovich anyone?
The methane produced by cow waste is a direct culprit of global warming. It’s almost impossible to live anywhere neighboring a factory farm because of this. The smell alone is nauseating.
There’s also many cases of factory farm workers developing cancer at a faster rate. Working with animal skins like leather and fur require toxic chemicals such as chromium and formaldehyde to prevent the biodegrading process.
It’s almost laughable to claim that animal skins are better for the environment than man made materials. For example, Fur farms consume a great deal of energy. The production of a factory farmed fur coat requires nearly 20 times more energy than the production of a synthetic coat. Animal skins are only a natural fiber when they are on the animal’s back.
It’s not just the waste that factory farms produce. Half of our farmlands grow soy and corn for livestock, not people. Then you have your companies like Monsanto decimating the land with their genetically modified crops. It’s a vicious circle. I left out a lot because the list of atrocities from the production of animal products is just too much to list on IG. It’s not just the food you eat. This is why I don’t just eat vegan, I live vegan. I think Einstein might have been onto something here… #vegansofig
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