Intensification, industrialization, and rising demand – I’ve tossed these concepts around in my last month of posts about the harms of modern meat production but haven’t fully explained their relevance. To conclude the Meat of the Issue series, I want to step back and identify what has led meat production and its consequences to be … Continue reading The Meat of the Issue: No End in Sight?
Anyone following our ‘Meat of the Issue’ series has probably been waiting for this topic to pop up. Most people are at least mildly aware of animal cruelty in the meat industry, but that doesn’t make it any less worth discussing. After all, I seem to discover new forms of mistreatment every time I hear … Continue reading The Meat of the Issue: Animal Abuse (It Hurts Us, Too)
Obviously, a big concern on this website is food waste: food that goes uneaten and gets unsustainably disposed of due to negligence. However, as part of the ongoing series on the consequences of the meat industry (here are posts one and two), this post is going to focus on livestock waste. This type of waste … Continue reading The Meat of the Issue: Waste of another Kind
While many of the health complications associated with eating red meat stem from naturally-occurring causes, there are many other risks that all industrially-produced meat pose to us because of how we treat animals. As a result of farmers’ efforts to maximize efficiency of meat production, animals get pumped full of chemicals that are passed into … Continue reading The Meat of the Issue: Karma and Disease
Last week, I described the health risks associated with eating red meat based solely on its nutrient content and only briefly alluded to its environmental impacts. Fact is, the modern meat industry – including poultry, not just red meat – wreaks havoc on our land, air, and water quality; depletes copious amounts of energy; and … Continue reading The Meat of the Issue: Energy