April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Founded by former Sen. Gaylord Nelson, the original Earth Day put environmental protection on the national radar, leading to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air and Clean Water acts. Forty years later, Earth Day has gone global. One billion people are expected to participate in Earth Day celebrations this month, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Tokyo, Japan.

That's all well and good. But planting trees and cleaning up rivers won't mean much in the long run if we continue to trash the planet with our meat habit. To truly "go green," we must start with what's on our plates. Raising and killing animals for food wastes so many resources and causes so much destruction, it's hard to know where to begin...

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Is it possible to be a meat-eating environmentalist?
April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Founded by former Sen. Gaylord Nelson, the original Earth Day put environmental protection on the national radar, leading to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air and Clean Water acts. Forty years later, Earth Day has gone global. One billion people are expected to participate in Earth Day celebrations this month, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Tokyo, Japan.

That's all well and good. But planting trees and cleaning up rivers won't mean much in the long run if we continue to trash the planet with our meat habit. To truly "go green," we must start with what's on our plates. Raising and killing animals for food wastes so many resources and causes so much destruction, it's hard to know where to begin...

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12 yrs ago - Thursday 4/22/10 - 8:55:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course.
12 yrs ago - Thursday 4/22/10 - 9:06:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. It's far better to raise and eat a cow locally than to buy vegetables shipped across the country, for example.
12 yrs ago - Thursday 4/22/10 - 9:40:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely. I think that person just has a case of "vegetarian moral authority complex."
12 yrs ago - Thursday 4/22/10 - 10:39:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can't see why not.
12 yrs ago - Thursday 4/22/10 - 10:40:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
you're a lost cause anyway, who cares how hypocritical you are?
12 yrs ago - Thursday 4/22/10 - 11:37:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
ME!
12 yrs ago - Thursday 4/22/10 - 11:47:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, there are environmentalists who drive, too. Different environmentalists see different parts of the issue.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 12:02:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
I see no problem with eating meat.
Sure it could be dealt with differently in regard to how we raise them etc (everyone having a small farm for personal needs is probably better then the current system), but becoming vegetarian is not the answer. A lot of is land cleared to grow crops, y'know
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 12:06:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
and the sudden surge of non eaten animals could lead to an overpopulation the other way and risk to our lively hood
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 12:08:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
It looks like someone needs to get their stories from a place that isn't just change.org.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 12:16:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 4/23/10 - 12:06:03 AM Pvt_party wrote:
and the sudden surge of non eaten animals could lead to an overpopulation the other way and risk to our lively hood

Going by the law of Maddox, for every douchey post you make, I will eat three animals.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 12:21:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe for hunters.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 12:51:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
Obviously. You can still eat meat and be concerned about the environment. I don't see how they are in any way mutually exclusive.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 3:09:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sure. Though it'd probably help more if some of the living conditions were improved, of course.

...Besides, meat has a bunch of the nutrients you need anyway. =P (No offense to those of you who are vegetarians/vegans/etc., of course.)
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 3:13:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's all about how far you're willing to go, and how much you care. A meat-eater isn't going to be all that into the cause.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 10:04:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes...eating meat is an instinct..not eating meat is a choice.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 10:27:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't see how the fresh, locally grown organic meat I buy at the Farmer's Market is better environmentally than Kraft Mac and Cheese (hey, it's vegetarian) or even produce that is sent from South America.

I don't like the idea of factory farming. However, I don't think eating meat is inherently bad for the environment, just the way we often produce it. In some places, say places overrun by deer, eating meat actually might be more environmentally-friendly.

Meh... I also still drive and sometimes use non natural personal care products (although I do love Tom's of Maine and Jason products), so what do I know?
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 10:39:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 4/23/10 - 10:27:39 AM Carmella wrote:
I don't see how the fresh, locally grown organic meat I buy at the Farmer's Market is better environmentally than Kraft Mac and Cheese (hey, it's vegetarian) or even produce that is sent from South America... However, I don't think eating meat is inherently bad for the environment, just the way we often produce it.

I'm having a hard time reconciling these two parts of your post: You don't see how that meat is better... but you do see problems w/ other methods of meat production.
On the first part, the fuel cost of transporting things over so many miles offsets the methane and potential energy lost between field and steak.
On Friday 4/23/10 - 10:27:39 AM Carmella wrote:In...places overrun by deer, eating meat actually might be more environmentally-friendly.
Not just eco-friendly; I'd say it's more humane, too.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 10:41:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Change that better to worse...

I'm apparently still asleep. Even though I've been awake for hours..
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 10:46:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ah, gotcha.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 1:20:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 4/23/10 - 12:02:40 AM hamletsghost wrote:
A lot of is land cleared to grow crops, y'know


And a HUGE portion of that land cleared to grow crops is used to grow crops to feed farm animals. I forget the exact numbers but for every calorie of chicken, it takes something like eight calories of corn/wheat/whatever chickens eat. Essentially (factory-farmed) meat is a very inefficient source of food.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 1:22:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 4/23/10 - 12:06:03 AM Pvt_party wrote:
and the sudden surge of non eaten animals could lead to an overpopulation the other way and risk to our lively hood


Fewer people eating farm animals won't lead to a surge in their population. They will simply be bred less. The overpopulation of pigs that exists now is far more likely to threaten our livelihood with the literally tons of pig waste that pollutes our environment.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 1:24:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Earth Day is dumb, worship the creator not the creation.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 1:24:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
[quote]On Friday 4/23/10 - 3:09:30 AM Kittay wrote: ...Besides, meat has a bunch of the nutrients you need anyway. =P (No offense to those of you who are vegetarians/vegans/etc., of course.) [/quote

Nothing that can't be found in other sources, given some thought. Especially if someone eats dairy/eggs, it's quite simple for a vegetarian to get all their nutrients.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/23/10 - 1:26:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 4/23/10 - 1:24:34 PM BellaKazza wrote:
Earth Day is dumb, worship the creator not the creation.


Even by your logic, isn't trashing His amazing creation, the planet Earth an offense against him?

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