People often wonder why I am vegetarian. So, to answer the FAQ: my main reason is flatulence (but not mine!….)
Cows, pigs, and other livestock that are grown for us to eat – well, they fart/poot/break wind/cut the cheese/let ‘er rip a ton. Gigatons in fact. Livestock is responsible for up to 60% of methane emissions.
And even before they started tooting around the fields, and wafting their methane up to the high heavens, forests were cleared for them to graze – so less air cleansing by trees, less water being absorbed by land/plants and instead running straight into the ocean where we can’t use it, more soil erosion (and losing those sweet soil nutrients plants need), less cute animals keeping the web of life in balance, etc. etc. The more demand for meat products placed on the global market, the bigger hole we are digging ourselves into environmentally.
Now, I’m not saying stop eating meat – that’s not my jam. I’m just saying…. We should all definitely eat less. Less demand for meat means less animal farts. Less animal farts mean less methane emissions. Less emissions means less impact on climate change. Less impact on climate change means a happier planet!
Morale of the story: Do your part – reduce cow farts.