The Environmental Benefits of Vegetarianism – Jingsong Jiang

Jingsong Jiang, the doctor of Philosophy of Tsinghua University Institute of Science, Technology and Society, calls on vegetarianism and states that “meat production is not only cruel, but it also brings with it a host of threats to China’s – and the world’s – fragile . If you want to go green, go veggie.” From Chinadialogue:

In certain respects, vegetarianism is a higher moral choice. It avoids the killing and enslavement of animals, and it helps protect the environment. The converting of fodder to meat involves massive waste – any given area of land can support 20 times as many vegetarians as meat-eaters. South America’s tropical rainforests are being felled to provide pasture for livestock – and even these pastures are not used in a sustainable manner and are quickly abandoned. Every hamburger results in the loss of around 6.25 cubic metres of forest.

But industrialised farming doesn’t only cause suffering to animals – it also creates massive amounts of pollution. Figures show that every kilogram of beef requires 10,000 litres of water and produces 40 kilograms of excrement. More dung is produced than the environment can cope with, and since it cannot all be used as fertiliser it ends up in the natural world. …[Full Text]

[Image via Chinadialogue]

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