Vegetarianism has become a trendy way of life in the last few decades. The heartfelt contribution to stop animal brutality and consumption of meat has taken millennials by storm. However, this anti-meat movement means supplementing animal based diets with plant based equivalents.
The Vegetarian Problem
There are over 22 million vegetarians in the United States alone while India leads with 38 percent of its total 1.3 billion population. The population of vegetarians has been on the increase not only in India and America but also other countries such as Australia. Vegetarianism has mainly been popularised by religion but has been recently attributed to hippie movements seeking to curb meat consumption. As much as this is a noble gesture, vegetarianism has proved to have more damage to the environment than it is saving the animals. Here is why :
Plants require more energy to produce than animals. According to a study by scientists in the US Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) , the consumption of lettuce has three times more emission levels than eating bacon. The controversy around these findings have given both vegetarians and meat lovers a run for their money. However, it still stands that meat production still has a higher and more significant emission impact to the environment.
The study found that the most common vegetarian delicacies require more resources per calorie to produce. For instance, cucumbers, celery and eggplants (Aubergines) require more resources to produce than chicken and pork! Also, many of the meat alternatives are highly processed and require high industrial processing. Well, you know, industrial processing require extensive use of resources and also emits significant amount of efflux that ends up in the environment.
There continues to be a tussle between which is better to the environment. As much as either is not valid enough, it all comes to less consumption of food.
Less consumption of either beef or vegetables will do a lot of good for the environment.