Expert: Let’s go vegan

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


OR AT least go easy on the meat.

This Mona Reyes of Brahma Kumaris International Baguio City Chapter shared in a conference held recently - meat consumption contributes to climate change.

She said meat consumption is contributing to climate change, particularly animal raising and livestock.

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She explained when raising livestock animals in farms, one has to feed them with a lot of grass, which in a way causes destruction to the environment.

She added these animals, too, compete with us humans in breathing in oxygen as we both need it.

They also give off carbon dioxide, which is necessary for plants as energy but at the same time is one of the pollutants in the air.

Aside from the carbon dioxide, the decaying manure of animals also give off methane, a gas which can also be produced when carbonizing a coal.

Reyes claimed methane is even more dangerous as a greenhouse gas. She added, "It has more global warming effect than carbon dioxide."

She pointed out the cleaning of the animals' manure especially when bathing them in the rivers pollutes the small bodies of water which serves as sources for most of us humans.

In these ways she believes raising animals and slaughtering them for consumption contributes to climate change.

She suggested there must be less meat consumption among consumers so the lack of demand for meat will force producers to find alternative products.

She reminded people to take in the ideal balanced meal which aside from meat, includes fruits, vegetables, fish, and other nutritional products.

"It is your choice. It is your option to eat less meat or go full vegetarian. Aside from health, it is also helping the environment and climate," she noted ending a little transition in food consumption is one of the behavioral changes one person can do to contribute in mitigating climate change.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 26, 2014.

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