From An Environmental Position, Would It Be Better To Be A Vegan or Vegetarian , than to eat meat ?

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This is not to discuss the health benefits of what a person eats in their diet, but to look at this from just an environmental viewpoint.
It used to be that a family could raise just about all of the food that they needed for themselves in as little as an acre of land, assuming that it was arable land.
People ate mostly grains and vegetables, and got their nutrition from the plants that they ate.

Once we started raising livestock commercially, all of that changed, almost overnight. For many years now, we have been told that in order to get enough protein for our requirements, we have to eat meat of some kind .

It takes acres of land to grow one steer to a large enough size to send to market, and that much land could grow crops enough to feed many people if it were planted in something like grain, corn, or potatoes.
We use quite a bit of the grain that we do grow to feed cattle, pigs, and chickens; and again, that could be used to feed more families than the meat from the animal provides.
Eating fish is not much better,because we have not only been killing of some of our largest fish, we are also polluting our oceans, and eventually they will also die, if nothing changes.
 
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I understand the issues on meat particularly the methane that is emitted by cattle. This is a good discussion. However, there should be a balance between the flora and fauna. If we do not eat meat then the fauna will dominate the environment. With the air pollution it is always my stand against vehicles and machines that use oil products for fuel.
 
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I do not understand why you would say that preserving life on this earth is not important , @Naiwen ? If we do not take care of this earth responsibly, we will lose many of the creatures that live on the earth, sky, or oceans.
When we use a lot of land to grow food for livestock/poultry, which we then eat; we are wasting land that could be used to grow crops that would feed many times the amount of people that the livestock will feed.
This means that rich people eat at the expense of the poorest people, starving because there is no food for them.

I agree that we need a balance between flora and fauna. Most of the meat that people eat is domestically raised, and fed grains that have also been specifically grown to feed the animals that we raise for food. The few wild animals that people kill and eat are only a small part of the total of our food production.
Not only that, but many of these animals are raised in very inhumane conditions. They live a life confined in a small cage, and not one where they have a pasture or room to roam around. Most of them are sick, and kept alive by medication, which is unhealthy for the person who eats the meat.
 
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Being vegen in good. Like more energy from the food you eat, but meat is edible for some good reasons, like cattle population would boom and that wouldn't be ecologically good, so It's better if we're omnivorous.
 

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