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How Meat is directly related to Climate Change? 🍗

We've got to admit the fact that human beings love meat. Chicken, Mutton, Fish, and prawns are our favourites, isn't it? In fact, it has become trivial to many people as they don't consider it a "proper meal" without any animal involved. But did you know it is directly related to climate change? Check out the entire blog to learn the reality. "Mukka lenidhe Muddha dhigadhu" is said in Telugu, which means "Without meat, we cannot consider it a proper meal". Meat has become an integral part of our lives, which is why meat-producing companies earn a lot. But did you know that meat was considered a luxury product, like cars, phones, etc., decades ago? Now, I see almost everyone queuing up at the meat shops every Sunday morning. Ironically, meat is not considered an effective way of feeding humans. You may ask why because it sometimes gets complicated for the body to digest the entire meat content and takes more time than usual. And there are many other reasons too, which we will discuss in the later part of the blog. On a global scale, the meat is literally eating up the entire planet. You may ask why it is happening and what we can do about the earth instead of giving up our lovely chicken.

Meat Business As a matter of fact, meat-producing companies are growing on a large scale to meet people's demands. Demand and supply must meet to keep hold of inflation, and it is also beneficial for the seller to make more profits. Apart from the economics, the meat industry alone consumes 27% of the global freshwater consumption and 83% of the farmlands are used for the sake of livestock (to grow Pasture, Fodder Crops) which means 26% of the total available land area. Now you know why I was talking about the demand-supply phenomenon.

Effect on the Planet According to Kurzgesagt, in order to produce 1kg of steak, the animal needs to be fed with 25kgs of grain, and 15,ooo litres of water. And sadly, we only use some parts of the animal, and the remaining is thrown away. Paradoxically, we could feed 3.5 Billion people on the planet if we just ate the stuff we provide the animals for meat. There are a lot of malnourished beings out there. Alongside this, 15% of human emissions come from the meat industry alone. This means it is equivalent to the combined planes, ships, trucks and cars. On a global scale, around 200 Million animals are killed daily to feed human beings, which means 74 Billion every year. Do you understand the impact on the environment?

Animal Cruelty Most of us just love meat, which is why we consume it, irrespective of how the animals are treated before it comes to our plate. Even animal lovers eat meat, you know. I need not specifically explain how harshly the animals are treated because you might have seen it elsewhere. I always used to think about how they could tie the chicken birds to a bike upside down, and whenever a speed breaker comes, their heads get hit against the road. In fact, what I had just mentioned is the tip of the iceberg. The treatment is way crueller than this. Besides the harsh treatment, they are injected with growth hormones to make them grow faster so they can be slaughtered more quickly. The male chicks are killed as they cannot lay eggs in the future. They're grown in a harsh environment that only god could explain. Weight gainers, Antibiotics are some other stuff used on animals for better animal yield. Now you know why I mentioned earlier that meat is not considered an effective way of feeding humans. Even the cattle are injected in order to produce more milk; I am addressing the people who think they are in safe hands if they are vegetarians. We will talk about the milk mafia in the upcoming blogs.

Can organic meat be the solution? The Organic farming regulations are designed in such a way to grant animals a minimum of comfort. But, in reality, only a handful of people do it the "organic way", and the remaining do the conventional and label them organic to charge a premium. Additionally, organic farming needs more resources than its counterparts.

Okay then, what is the solution? You might be wondering if I would say to stop consuming meat, which anyways is not gonna happen. Honestly, there is no direct solution for this, but you can still do something about it. Set up a meat-free day in a week. For Indians, we already have special days in a week dedicated to Hindu gods, so no worries. Apart from this, switch to a plant-based diet. Although it is not prominent now, it will undoubtedly be the next meat.

Conclusion My ultimate intention in writing this blog is to let my users be aware of the environmental impacts that are caused by the meat industry. Remember, the way we treat animals right now will probably be one of the things our future generations will look down in disgust.

Article by Krishna Teja Reddy and Picture Source from Unsplash Credits - Kurzgesagt - in a Nutshell We think you loved this blog as you have made your way here. Fine then, show some love by sharing these amazing blogs with your friends and loved ones. Till then, cheers and good day. This is Krishna signing off :)We've got to admit the fact that human beings love meat. Chicken, Mutton, Fish, and prawns are our favourites, isn't it? In fact, it has become trivial to many people as they don't consider it a "proper meal" without any animal involved. But did you know it is directly related to climate change? Check out the entire blog to learn the reality.

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