Several forms of pollution - e.g. deforestation, eutrophication of water, leaching of nitrates, antibacterial resistance, release of ammonia, nitrous oxides and methane in the atmosphere - are associated to livestock production. Should we stop eating meat to prevent major environmental pollution?
No - The consumption of livestock products should be diminished but not eliminated
The negative environmental impacts of meat-based and dairy products can be reduced by decreasing their consumption to a sustainable level
It is impossible for everyone to stop eating meat
In some parts of the world, meat and fish consumption are a means of survival.
No - It is more difficult to maintain a nutritious diet on a budget and lack of time when restricting meat
Meat contains important nutrients such as Vitamin B6 and B12 that are more difficult to obtain when eating plant-based, especially for those who lack time and resources for getting supplements or specific groceries.
Yes - We should all stop eating meat
Not consuming meat is the only way to prevent an ecological catastrophe
Large-scale livestock raising leads to deforestation
Deforestation caused by cattle raising leads to the release of CO2 by trees and the destruction of animal habitat.
Livestock production causes irreversible water eutrophication
Livestock production has been identified as the major source of land-based nutrient pollution. The latter has caused massive algae blooms, that, in turn, kill fishes and aquatic flora
Livestock production causes the release of ammonia, methane and other gases
Livestock natural production of polluting gases is highly significant as well as not treated adequately
Livestock production catalyses the birth of antibiotic resistant bacteria
Livestock are protected and healed from diseases by means of an extensive use of antibiotics. This practice may however cause the birth of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
No - livestock production is not a truly significant cause of pollution
The putative environmental benefits associated to ending meat and dairy consumption are not significative when compared to other forms of pollution such as the one from the transportation or the chemical processing sectors
Companies should change, not individuals
It shouldn't be up to the individuals to change their lifestyle but rather big companies that cause vast amounts of pollution should be held accountable.
Eating meat is natural
Humans have always eaten meat, and should thus continue to do so.
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