Vegetarianism and Nature: Pollution, Land, Water, Deforestation, Energy

If, instead of feeding grain to livestock, we could store it and give it to the poor and hungry, we could easily feed all chronically malnourished people around the world.

Vegetarianism and Nature: Pollution, Land, Water, Deforestation, Energy


Livestock is one of the main contributors to water pollution in the United Kingdom, as farm animals produce 80 million tonnes of dung per year. The average pig farm generates the same amount of waste as a city with a population of 12,000.



On 80% of all farmland in the United Kingdom, animals are raised for food. A single area (0.01 ha) of land can grow 20,000 pounds (9,000 kg) of potatoes, but only 165 pounds (74.25 kg) of beef can be grown from the same area.



Raising animals for food consumes a huge amount of precious water. It takes 2,500 gallons (11,250 L) of water to produce a pound of beef, while it only takes 25 gallons (112.5 L) to produce the same amount of wheat. The amount of water used to raise an average beef cow could sink a fighter.



To create a space where animals can be raised for food, humans cut down the rainforest - 125,000 square miles (200,000 km2) per year. Each quarter pound of rainforest beef burger uses 55 square feet (16.5 m2) of land.



Raising animals for food requires almost a third of all raw materials and fuels used in the United Kingdom. It takes as much fuel to make a single hamburger as a small car uses to travel 20 miles (32 km), and enough water for 17 showers.



If, instead of feeding grain to livestock, we saved it and gave it to the poor and hungry, we could easily feed all chronically malnourished people around the world.


If we ate at least half of the meat we eat, we could save enough food to feed all developing countries. (This refers only to the United States (Translator's Note))


Nutritionist Gene Meyer estimates that reducing meat consumption by just 10% would free up as much grain as needed to feed 60 million people.


The tragic and shocking truth is that 80-90% of all grain grown in America is used for animal feed.


Twelve years ago, the average American had 50 pounds of meat a year. This year, the average American will eat 129 pounds of cow meat alone. America is "obsessed with meat", the majority of Americans eat twice as much protein daily. Examining the real facts behind “food shortages” is the foundation for understanding how we can make good use of the world's resources.


More and more scientists and economists are advocating vegetarianism as a remedy to the dire problem of hunger on our planet, because they argue that eating meat is the main cause of food shortages.



The answer is simple: meat is the most wasteful and inefficient food we can eat. The cost of one pound of meat protein is twelve times higher than the cost of the same amount of vegetable protein. Only 10% of the protein and calories contained in meat can be absorbed by the body, the remaining 90% is useless waste.


Huge tracts of land are used for the cultivation of livestock feed. This land can be used much more productively by growing grain, beans, or other leguminous vegetables. For example, if bulls are raised, it takes one acre of land to grow feed to get one pound of protein, but if that same land is sown with soybeans, we get 17 pounds of protein! In other words, eating meat requires 17 times more land than eating soybeans. In addition, soybeans contain less fat and are devoid of meat toxins.


Raising animals for food is a terrible mistake in using natural resources, not only land, but also water. It has been found that meat production requires 8 times more water than growing vegetables and grains.


This means that while millions of people around the world are starving, a few wealthy people are wasting vast expanses of fertile land, water and grain for the sole purpose of eating meat, which is gradually destroying human health. Americans consume over a ton of grain per person per year (thanks to raising livestock for meat), while the world average consumes 400 pounds of grain per person per year.


The UN Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, said that the food processing industry in wealthy countries is the main cause of hunger worldwide, and the UN has urged these countries to reduce their meat consumption.


According to many scientists, the correct solution to the problem of the global nutritional crisis is to gradually replace the meat diet with a vegetarian one. "If we were vegetarians, we could forget about hunger on this earth. Children would be born. They would grow up eating well, and they could live a happy and healthy life. Animals could live in freedom, in natural conditions. , instead of artificially multiplying in huge quantities. to then go to the slaughterhouse. " (B. Pinkus "Vegetables are the main source of good").


There is enough land to satisfy everyone's needs, but not enough to satisfy everyone's greed. -Mahatma Gandhi.


Given the predictions of many scientists that the basis of nutrition will be vegetable proteins, some Western countries have begun to invest in the development of such an excellent vegetable protein base such as growing soybeans. However, the Chinese were the first to enter this area, as they were forced to use the proteins of tofu and other soybeans for thousands of years.


Thus, meat production is the main cause of the global nutritional crisis. It is only in general terms that a description of these hidden difficulties has been given, but the reason that permeates all aspects of the struggle for the realization of the fundamental rights of everyone on our planet remains obscured.



According to a widespread myth about the causes of hunger in our world, our planet has become large and too small for its population. "There is simply nowhere to tread here. The hungry poor are multiplying fast, and if we are to avert a catastrophe, we must focus all our efforts on establishing control over population growth."


However, a growing number of prominent scientists, economists and agricultural experts are opposed to this opinion. "This is a blatant lie," they say. "In fact, there is room to step and go further. Hunger in some countries is caused by wasteful use of resources and inefficient distribution."


According to Buckminster Fuller, there are the necessary resources to provide food, clothing, shelter and education for every person on the planet at the level of the average American! Recent studies by the Institute of Nutrition and Development have shown that there is no country in the world that would not be able to provide its population with food from its own resources. These studies suggest that there is no link between population density and hunger. India and China are commonly cited as classic examples of overpopulated countries. However, in both India and China, people do not go hungry. Bangladesh has half the people per acre of cultivated land as Taiwan, but Taiwan does not have hunger, while Bangladesh has the largest percentage of hungry people in any country in the world. The fact is that the most populous country in the world today is not India or Bangladesh, but Holland and Japan. Of course, the world may have a population limit, but this limit is 40 billion people (now there are 4 billion of us (1979)) *. Today, more than half of the world's population is constantly starving. Half of the world is starving. If there is "nowhere to step", then where can you?


Let's take a look at who controls the food supply and how that control is exercised. The food processing industry is the largest industrial complex in the world, generating approximately $ 150 billion in annual revenue (more than the automotive, steel or oil industries). Only a few giant multinational corporations own almost all of this industry; they concentrated all power in their hands. They have gained acceptance and political influence, which means that only a few corporations regulate and control the flow of food to billions of people. How is this possible?


One way that giant corporations can control the market is to gradually take over all phases of food production. For example, one giant corporation produces agricultural machinery, food, fertilizers, fuel, containers for transporting food; this chain includes all links, from growing plants to trade and supermarkets. Small farmers cannot resist them because corporations can sharply lower food prices and ruin small farmers, and after they go bankrupt, raise prices above their previous level throughout their territory of influence, including already ruined farmers' lands. For example, since World War II, the number of farmers in the United States has halved; over a thousand farmers leave their farms every week. And this despite the fact


Explicit Economic Power: In the United States, for example, less than 1/10% of all corporations own more than 50% of their total income. 90% of the entire grain market is controlled by only six companies.


Power of Decision: Agribusiness corporations decide what they will grow, how much, what quality, and at what price they will trade. They have the power to keep produce in huge warehouses, disrupting the food supply, thereby artificially causing hunger (all in order to raise prices).


Statesmen who try to resist corporations are repressed by the agribusiness police. Government posts (for example, secretary of the department of agriculture, etc.) are regularly held by members of the agribusiness administration.


International giants have made great strides towards their goal of maximizing profits. This is achieved by maximizing prices and retaining finished goods, which creates a shortage and then increases prices at a fantastic rate.


International corporations are buying more and more land. Studies carried out in 83 countries around the world have shown that only 3% of landowners own 80% of agricultural land. Thus, this position turns out to be very beneficial for a small group of people and brings great misfortune to everyone else. In fact, there is no “lack of land” or “lack of food.” If the goal was to use the world's resources to meet the needs of humanity, this goal could easily be achieved.


However, when the goal is to maximize the benefit of the few, we are witnessing a tragic situation on a planet where half of the population is starving. To put it bluntly, the desire to get rich by exploiting other people is a kind of insanity - a disease that manifests itself in all perversions on our Earth.


In central America, where over 70% of children go hungry, 50% of the land is used for commercial crops (such as flowers), which provide a stable and high income, but are a luxury in countries where children go hungry. While international corporations use the best land for commercial crops (coffee, tea, tobacco, exotic food), most farmers are forced to cultivate swampy, ravine-eaten land that is very difficult to grow anything.


The growth of capital made it possible to irrigate the desert in Senegal; international corporations were able to grow eggplants and tangerines here and, with the help of aviation, send their products to the best tables in Europe. In Haiti, most of the peasants are struggling to survive, trying to grow bread on mountain slopes of 45 degrees or more. They say that they are expelled from the fertile lands that belong to them by birthright. These lands have now passed into the hands of the elite; they graze cattle that are exported by United States firms for privileged restaurants.


In Mexico, land that was formerly used to grow corn, the staple food of Mexicans, is now used to produce gourmet fruits that are sent to residents of cities in the United States; it brings in 20 times the profit. And hundreds of thousands of farmers lost their land, unable to compete with large landowners, they first gave up their land for a pittance in order to gain at least some money for it. The next step for them was to work on large farms; and, finally, they were forced to leave in search of work to support their families. These conditions led to incessant protests. In Colombia, the best land is used to grow flowers worth $ 18 million. Red carnations generate 80 times more income


Is it possible to get out of this vicious circle? Difficult. The good land and the best resources are used to produce the most profitable products. Almost all over the world we see this standard repeated in different versions. Agriculture, which was the backbone of the lives of millions of independent farmers, has become the production of highly profitable, but unnecessary products designed to satisfy the whims of a small segment of wealthy people. Contrary to popular myth, food shortages are not caused by shortages of fertile land or overpopulation, concentration or internationalization of control over production and distribution of food.


The meat industry is a model for this ubiquitous system. "The poor man's bread turns into the rich man's beef," said the director of the United States Protein Nutrition Research Group. As the production of meat itself increases, rich countries are buying more and more grain to feed pigs and livestock. Bread, which was previously used as food for people, began to be sold at the highest price, thereby dooming countless people to death. "The rich can compete with the poor in nutrition; the poor cannot compete with them in anything." In his Consumer Summary Notes, John Powell of Nutrition Education wrote: that the price of grain fell 50% since 1973. As you try to find the reason for this rise in prices, be sure to look at the Arab countries and the oil prices and the overpopulation boom in the Third World. Pay attention to the multinational corporations that control the food industry with the help of their friends in the government. And remember, they are in business to make money, not to feed people. And while we try to destroy these myths, we will remember that we are not helpless. " who control the food industry with the help of their friends in the government. And remember, they are in business to make money, not to feed people. And while we try to destroy these myths, we will remember that we are not helpless. " who control the food industry with the help of their friends in the government. And remember, they are in business to make money, not to feed people. And while we try to destroy these myths, we will remember that we are not helpless. "


When all the landed property of this universe is inherited by all creatures, it will be possible to find some excuse for a system in which a stream of unheard-of riches is directed to someone, while others die of lack of even a handful of grain. - P. R. Sarkar


Indeed, we are not helpless. And even when it seems that insurmountable difficulties are confronting humanity, many people know that we are on the verge of a new era, when people everywhere realize the simple truth that human society is One and Indivisible, that the suffering of one causes the suffering of all ...


In a discussion on how to create a community of people based on universality, P. R. Sarkar explained: “Harmony in society can be achieved by mobilizing the living spirit of those who yearn for the establishment of a united humanity ... those who are at the head of their activities. sets moral values, with the help of leaders who do not seek personal enrichment, do not seek the love of women or power, but strive to work for the good of the entire human society. "


The purple dawn will inevitably color the blackness of the sky and defeat the pitch darkness of the night; I know that in the same way, the endless shame and humiliation of abandoned humanity is replaced by a happy, shining era today. Those who love people, those who desire prosperity for all living beings, should be extremely active at this important moment after awakening from general laziness and lethargy so that this happy hour comes as early as possible.


... This work on creating favorable conditions for the existence of the human race concerns everyone - you, me, all of us. We can afford to forget about our rights, but we must not forget about our responsibility. By forgetting our responsibilities, we prolong the humiliation of the human race.


Sri Sri Anandamurti

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