Food. Glorious food. It fills us and cares for us. Food is one of the largest subsets of environmentalism. Access to clean food, pure water, and proper nutrition at affordable costs are all hard to come by. Food corporations are one of the largest responsible for methane production in the environment. Read on to find facts you never knew!
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Food is by far one of the most intricate and successful expansions in history. Humans have been able to take "simple foods" like bananas and oats and turn them into a whole other food, called a 'cookie.
Something not many people know is that food, agriculture, animal products are responsible for a lot of methane-producing gasses. Agriculture, for example, takes up 70 percent of all human freshwater. As a reference, only around 2.5 percent of all water on the Earth is freshwater. The remaining amount of water is not even close to sufficient for our growing population.
The same thing goes for food too. Large corporations have grown drastically to meet the growing demand for different foods, unfortunately also putting large carbon and methane emissions in the atmosphere. Raising cows for meat and dairy produces tons of manure which can soil ecosystems, kill native plants, and allow invasive species to take over. There are around 1.4 billion cows throughout the world and they are responsible for more than 40% of all methane emissions. Just cows alone. The top five dairy and meat industries, including Fonterra, JBS, Tyson, Dairy Farmers of America, all emit more carbon emissions than big oil companies such as Shell and Exxon-Mobil. Those five dairy and meat industries release around 580 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
We need a solution soon. Other diets, such as veganism (no animal products) and vegetarianism (no meat) have been increasingly popular, but even those do have their downsides. We need to have a shift in our society in order to produce clean, environmental-friendly, affordable food for everyone throughout the world.
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