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Cost for cheap protein: Are we paying too much

Nishant BhardwajLast Seen: Feb 11, 2024 @ 8:41am 8FebUTC
Nishant Bhardwaj

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With the dramatic growth in the industrial meat sector, consumption of flesh has drastically increased over the years. The major reason behind this increased consumption has been the myth in the society that flesh provides us with the cheap protein. However, if we go through the reports, the picture looks different.

As per the reports, 71% of the cultivable land is used to feed livestock and yet could meet only one-third of the world’s protein requirement. Moreover, forests are being continuously erased to meet the land requirement. Also, around 15,000/- litre of water is used for producing 1 kg of flesh. Considering the above facts, the flesh doesn’t seem a cheap source of protein.

There are several other drastic impact of flesh consumption about which only a few number of people are aware of. Some of them have been enumerated below:

i) Excessive use of drinking water: It takes around 15,000/- litres of water to produce 1 kg of meat.

ii) Use of 71% of cultivable land for livestock production and yet can’t even meet 1/3rd of the caloric and protein supply to the world.

iii) Industrialized animal agriculture is responsible for widespread habitat destruction, including rainforests, harmful air and water pollution, the extinction of species (including those that have yet even to be scientifically identified by humans).

iv) It contributes greatly to Climate change, adding more harmful greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere than the entire transportation sector combined.

v) Many crops are grown to feed livestock rather than feeding the world’s millions of starving people.

In addition to the above mentioned effects, there are several other effects of flesh consumption which will be covered in next article.

Nishant BhardwajLast Seen: Feb 11, 2024 @ 8:41am 8FebUTC

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