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Should we stop eating meat for the environment?

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. Explore

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

Livestock causes irreversible water eutrophication

Livestock production has been identified as the major source of land-based nutrient pollution. Pollution from livestock has caused massive algae blooms, that, in turn, kill fishes and aquatic flora. Explore

Livestock production causes 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. Additionally, livestock may be given antibiotics regularly for growth promotion under the guise of "disease prevention," due to a loophole in the FDA's 2017 restriction on antibiotic use. Explore

Livestock causes the release of polluting gases

Livestock natural production of polluting gases is highly significant as well as not treated adequately Explore

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. Explore

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

Eating meat is natural

Humans have always eaten meat, and should thus continue to do so. Explore

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. Explore
This page was last edited on Friday, 24 Jan 2020 at 14:35 UTC