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by Ana Jimena Aragon Morales

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Let me tell you about more than a story, a reality we have got to face. One upon a time we humans began eating animal products since we came to the earth, millions of millions of years ago. Today this behavior is responsible for the destructionof our home, the planet. Animal agriculture is responsable for 51% of the toxic gases that go to the atmosphere, destruction of forests all over the world and the reason of most of the extintion of species.









But why is this happening? well let me tell you that everything is connected in the planet and everything has a consequence. The massive productuction of animal produce is a effect of the high demand these companies have, due to over population. Long ago about 100 years we were about 2 billion people, but these has increasy drastictly to 7 billion people, these means more food, more cows, chicken, fish etc. People often think this industry is natural, is just what we need to do in order to survive, is just having animals and using them for their purpose on this earth, but they dont see the other side of the coin. The dont see the massive amount of resources we use to produce these animals.
Let me tell you about more than a story, a reality we have got to face. One upon a time we humans began eating animal products since we came to the earth, millions of millions of years ago. Today this behavior is responsible for the destructionof our home, the planet. Animal agriculture is responsable for 51% of the toxic gases that go to the atmosphere, destruction of forests all over the world and the reason of most of the extintion of species.









But why is this happening? well let me tell you that everything is connected in the planet and everything has a consequence. The massive productuction of animal produce is a effect of the high demand these companies have, due to over population. Long ago about 100 years we were about 2 billion people, but these has increasy drastictly to 7 billion people, these means more food, more cows, chicken, fish etc. People often think this industry is natural, is just what we need to do in order to survive, is just having animals and using them for their purpose on this earth, but they dont see the other side of the coin. The dont see the massive amount of resources we use to produce these animals.
The resources we use include water, earth, food and etc. These are needs farmers have, in order to produce a good queality product. But just thinking about the math we caare able to see that the excessive amount of product we would need to sustain a animal product- based diet, its not sustentable for us, for the animals and for the plantet.
To put it in context we use about 1,799 gallons to produce 1 pound of beef, 10 pound of grains, and 1,000 acrees of land, just to prudice one pound of beef that is equivalent to 1 1/2 hamburguers patties. We know that only in the USA, 56 millon acres are use for the production of animal product and only 4 million of those are to produce plant based products, which is insane.
The oceans are on the edge of destruction for overfishing, to put on context, we use massive fish nets and for one pounf of eatable fish theres 5 pound of other species like turtles, sharks, dolphins and even whales captured and killed. The fish system these industry is using is the number one ocean contaminator, marine ecosystems are filled with fishing supplies, exotic species are dying cause of the fishing nets we leave on the oceans. These is disrupting the natural ecosystem, leaving them lifeless.
But what can we do if the only diet we know is the one which includes, milk, beef, chiken, fish and pork. Well acording to Independent magazines Uk. The vegan diet is the biggest way to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet. We can contribute more to educing climate change if we stop eatig beef than if we stop using cars and gasoline to tranport ourselves. But not everybody can become vegan or vegetarian, but qe can reduce our amounts of animal products, find suplements and alternate in order to help our home. Instead of ussing 7 days of the week cow milk, change to oat milk that is usually less expensive, instead of eating beef 3 times a week, just one time. Saving the planet requires to be a unified sociaty that looks foward to a brighter, ethic and sustentable solution.
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