NR Final .pdf - Valerie Ramirez Elizabeth Morgan December 6 2017 Our Food is Destroying the Planet In America the average American eats roughly 193

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Valerie Ramirez Elizabeth Morgan December 6, 2017 Our Food is Destroying the Planet In America the average American eats roughly 193 pounds per year of meat. This includes chicken at 89 pounds a year, beef at 54 and pork at 50. There are other meats that are not accounted for here so the numbers could be higher. The amount of land it takes to raise these animals is enormous and the amount of pollution that affects our air and water is growing at an alarming rate. The Unites States comes in third place to China and India as far as the amount of food produced each year and those numbers are expected to grow. As Americans we must find ways to reduce not only the pollution we are creating but also the amount of toxic contaminates that are entering our food and water supplies. We all need to take a look at how our food is raised and use our money to buy organic, local foods and take the initiative and start growing our own food. It takes a lot of land and natural resource to raise livestock. Right now the “food animal” population is at 20 billion, that’s more than twice the amount of people on the planet and those numbers are growing fast! About 30 percent of land 1
worldwide is used to raise livestock. This means that valuable natural resources have been destroyed in order to have land for these animals. Deforestation has destroyed Forests, communities and even entire species of animals. Water needs are huge for raising livestock and nearly half of all water used in the U.S. is used for raising animals. It takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce just one pound of meat. It only takes 200 gallons for a pound of grains. I don’t know about you but that number makes me cringe. The water near farming areas can also become polluted by runoff, ground soil pollution and rain. Air pollution is also a huge factor when raising livestock. Livestock farms emit toxic gases such as hydrogen

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