Why is Being Vegetarian Good for the Environment?
Eating vegetarian might very well save the planet, because it turns out that it’s methane, rather than carbon dioxide, that is having the biggest impact on short-term global climate change. Carbon dioxide, which is produced by aerosols, power plants, cars, and deforestation, will indeed heat up the planet over the next several decades and centuries. However, it will take some time for carbon dioxide to take its toll on the environment.
According to a recent EarthSave report which cites the work of Dr. James Hansen (one of Al Gore’s favorite scientists to quote), methane is twenty-one times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. What produces methane gas? To put it politely, digestion creates methane gas. According to EarthSave, while landfills and strip mines are responsible for some production of methane, the biggest global producer of methane is animal agriculture – in fact, animal agriculture produces 100 million tons of methane gas per year.
Vegetarianism, therefore, reduces the demand for animal agriculture, which in turn reduces the harmful production of methane gas, which in turn has a positive impact on our environment.