In an ideal world, we would all be vegans or vegetarians. In the first place, there are undeniable moral arguments against murdering and consuming animals. Even were one to shut one’s eyes to this basic ethical issue, however, it is impossible to avoid the impact that eating meat has on one’s health.
Countless accredited studies have demonstrated that the consumption of meat is a major cause of obesity, cancer, hypertension, and voting Republican. We as a nation consume more meat and meat products than ever before, with total meat and poultry production last year reaching more than 105 billion pounds.
In reality, curing a nation of its protein addiction will not be achieved overnight. Pragmatism requires that we start with the most dangerous of red meats, namely beef. Not only are even the leanest steaks incredibly dangerous to one’s personal health but:
- To raise a cow takes 28 times more land and 11 times more water than it does for the equivalent weight in pork and chicken
- Cows expel vast quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 20 times more dangerous than CO2 which, as 99.9% of scientists know, is causing global temperatures to rise by around 2-3 degrees each year and threatening the very existence of the polar bear. The threat to the planet from climate change is so great that, on a recent scientific expedition to the Antarctic, not a single polar bear was spotted.
Image: Polar bears entirely absent in the Antarctic according to recent scientific expedition
This is why the government must intervene now to phase out cattle-production, with an objective to end all beef production by 2020 at the very latest. In time, other meat products can be added to this list but banning beef will be a good start.