Deforestation is the transformation of forested areas to non-forest land for various uses such as: Urban development, pasture, mining and logging. The rate at which this is occurring is staggering and it plays a major role in the imbalance of our ecosystem. Climate change is real. Deforestation is real. The fewer trees we have, the larger the amounts of greenhouse gases enter the Earth’s atmosphere. There are not enough resources to keep taking without replacing. This is a fact. It is also a fact that eating meat plays a huge role in this.
“The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from global to local … Expansion of livestock production is a key factor in deforestation, especially in Latin America where the greatest amount of deforestation is occurring.”
Ref: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Livestock’s Long Shadow (2006)
“No one can deny the destructive nature of the force that dominates our food system (i.e. industrial animal agriculture or factory farming). When you take into account the fact that factory farms raise 99.9 percent of chickens for meat, 97 percent of laying hens, 99 percent of turkeys, 95 percent of pigs, and 78 percent of cattle currently sold in the United States, it’s shocking how much time we waste debating each other, rather than trying to actually change the system.”
Ref: Huffington Post. It’s Time to End Factory Farming (Nil Zacharias 2011)
If you eat meat you must realize that what you eat contributes to the health of the planet, literally. I strongly urge you to read about deforestation (links below). Look into how those animals are treated at livestock farms and stop taking a blind eye.