meateatereater wrote:I think the whole green movement is a joke. Its another way meat eaters are taking advantage of vegans (as if they are responsible for saving the world). You dont have to be a vegan to be green by social standards. I met this couple that was passing through where I live and they were very pro-green, but they were not vegan. Talking about not using plastic forks yadda yadda. Now I use plastic forks sometimes, but I've been vegan for (lost count) like 15 yrs. There's a saying: "A meat eater on a bicycle has a larger carbon footprint than a vegan in a hummer". LOL. Anyways ya so Im not impressed by the whole way-too-late go green movement. Save a fork, Kill a cow? wutevz.
It's not one or the other, it's both. A meat eating diet requires roughly fifteen times the water to produce than a vegetarian diet
, and even more times than a vegan diet
. This is a HUGE environmental impact, when you think about how many people are eating a meat-based diet. If we used the corn we used to feed cattle [and cattle aren't supposed to eat corn. E Coli, anyone?] to feed people instead, we would be helping the environment and feeding more people. The US uses something like 70% of its corn to feed cattle.
Everything about a animal-product diet is not environmentally friendly. So if you are an environmentalist, sure, you don't have to be vegan, and every thing you do to be conscious about environmental sustainability helps, but... so does being vegan