Environmental Ethics-1453751

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Environmental Ethics 1 Environmental Ethics: The environment and Vegetarians Name Institutional Affiliation
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ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS 2 Environmental vegetarianism is the practice of veganism where animal production processes such as intensive farming among others are said to be environmentally unfriendly. The central core concerns regarding environmental degradation during animal production methods is pollution, which includes, emissions of greenhouse gases (methane), land related pollution (overusing fertilizers) and water pollution by channeling industrial wastes to the water bodies. Therefore, there are a lot of challenges to the environment concerning the environmental impacts of meat production, and this issue brings us to the matter that indeed vegetarianism is a way of environmental conservation. In meat production, industrial monoculture, which refers to the operation of harvesting large amounts of a particular food species such as cattle, is widely involved. This technique is said to have many environmental damages compared to sustainable farming methods such as pastoral farming, organic farming, and rain-fed agriculture among others. According to research conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reports show that industrial agriculture is a major contributor to energy use, poor land use practices, air and water pollution and global warming. FAO says that domestic animals that provide milk powder, meat, eggs, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals and wool among others contribute to eighteen percent of the greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere (Saxena, 2013) The cycle changes that are involved in breeding these animals to the level where they can be used to give desired products include great practices that are not environmentally friendly. For example, breeding cows for meat require a lot of feeding and his means that grass needs to be grown faster through the application of fertilizers which when in excess they are washed away to the rivers and other water bodies, and this is water pollution. During the process, there is also the use of artificial animal feed that boosts growth of the animal. These feeds are manufactured, and
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