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The environmental impact of petroleum and meat on our plant are strangely similar.  Both are
popular products that are used in greater and greater quantity as the standard of living goes up.  Both
products create a series of unsustainable demands upon our plant that make its continued consumption, in
the amount that it is currently being consumed, impossible.  Both products create greenhouse gases.  Both
create devastating health problems.  In neither industry do we want to look too hard at what happen
upstream from the point where the product is delivered to us.  We just want it at the cheapest price
possible.   Source

Meat production uses nearly as much energy as the transportation sector, a recently corrected UN
energy sturdy proclaimed.  The original study claiming that it was more but it was not an apples and apples
study.  The transportation numbers were for transportation alone but the meat figures included secondary
influences.  None-the-less, the energy numbers for meat production are hugh and add greatly to a further
overuse of fossil fuel.  This, by no means, is the limit of meat’s negative environmental impact.           

Meat production means animals.  Animals need space.  In 1995 there were about 8.8 billion animals were
slaughtered in the US.  By 2008 the number grew to 9.5 billion, In addition, we imported 250,000,000 pounds
of beef from Central America. In the US we are consuming about 230 lb. per person, up 50 lb. over 50 years
ago.  With this growth, there has been a greater and greater focus on speeding up the growth cycle as much
as possible so that the time between birth and death is reduced to a minimum.  To do that, animals are
confined so that they cannot move around much.  All they can do is eat, drink, urinate, defecate, breath and
grow.  Can anyone imagine a much worse life for any creature?  Living under these conditions is very
unhealthy.  It is so unhealthy that the animals would all die were it not for the massive amount of antibiotics
they are fed.  The agricultural industry uses 70% of the antibiotics sold in the US. Can you believe that the
meat we eat is completely free of these antibiotics?  Source   

There is a well proven environmental rule – If a resource is free or underpriced, it will be

We could not imagine a city in the US
where hundreds of thousands of residences lived without a legal
requirement for a central sewerage system. In these feeding facilities there is none. None seems to be
required.  Waste treatment facilities are expensive. Farm animals in the US produce about 130 times more
waste than humans yet almost none of it is processed in a way that we would consider acceptable for human
waste. How different is it?  Usually it is pumped into large holding lakes. A common way to reduce the liquid
level of these feces lakes is to spray the feces, urine, water mix high in the air so that the liquid evaporates.
The wind takes away the evaporated liquid, the particulate matter and the smell.  Imagine being down wind!   
Source   W

When a feces lakes overflows, as they do at times, it is devastating to the land. If it goes into a river, it
can kill millions of fish, as one such spill did, in the Savannah River a few yeas ago.

It is the nature of cattle, grazing on grass, to produce a lot of gas: which includes carbon dioxide,
methane and nitrous oxide. However, when they are fed on the concentrated diet of the feed lot, it upsets
their stomach and they produce far more gas than normal.  The total air pollution  is worse when you add in
urine and feces which, in turn, generates ammonia.
In total, farm animals are estimated to contribute
about 51% of the global warming gases. Cattle are the number one source of methane
in global
warming. Methane is 33 times more devastating to global warming than CO2.   Source  

The smell of these feeding operations is something you will never forget if you ever smell one. It may
make you vomit.  Many do.  To live down wind from one of these facilities is to quite literally to take your life in
your hands. If you are down wind, you have no control over whatever the wind brings to you as the operators
spray the effluent into the air.  Clearly you only live there if you are very poor and have no better option.  
Add this to the risks of poverty.

One further note to consider is the air we breath.  The great oxygen providers, for the air we breath,
are the oceans and the great forests such as the Amazon.  Astronauts have reported that they can see the
Amazon burning from space.  The purpose of this illegal burning, of course, is to provide pasture land for
cattle or land for cattle feed crops.  The Brazilian government has, at long last, recently been reported to be
step into his situation. When we destroy the oxygen production system of our planet, as the TV Lipitor ad
man asks, ”What could I have been thinking?”

Animals in general, and cattle in particular, are enormous consumers of water.   We live in a world
that is increasingly short of water.  Here in the US, our cattle are consistently raised in areas where water
now is in short supply.  As a rough estimate, 1 Lb. of beef steak takes about 12,000 gal, of water, 1 lb. of
soybean needs about 250 gal. of water, and 1 lb. of wheat needs about 25 gal.of water.  In total, meat
producing animals are consuming 50% of our potable water, 70% of our grain, 80% of our agricultural land,
and as noted previously, 70% of our antibiotics.

Just the increase in the number of animals is creating pressure on the land in many areas in the
West.  In turn, it is causing irreparable damage to the land because of overgrazing, the flora and the fauna
are being trampled out of existence.  More and more species of life are becoming extinct.  Source  

Animal concentration farming requires corn vast quantities of corn and soybeans. These feed
stuffs are intensively grown throughout the Midwest using both chemical fertilizers and pesticides in large
quantities.  The intensive land use is causing substantial loss of topsoil .  So great is the loss that some
people today are predicting a time when the Midwest will have lost its productivity. The topsoil that was
generated over thousands of years will have been washed down the Mississippi.   Source  

The Mississippi is also transporting substantial amounts of fertilizer and pesticides down the river and into
the Gulf of Mexico.  These products kill the oxygen content in the water so that fish cannot survive. At the
outflow of the Mississippi
there is an oxygen depleted dead ares in the Gulf the size of
  Source  Wikipedia