From a rational point of view, Earth Custodians recommend to cut down the meat intake drastically if either veganism or vegetarianism cannot be considered as options.
Suffering aside, yes 95% of the 65 billions of animals we slaughter yearly is a huge issue because they undergo high level of stress throughout their lives, meaning that their meat is improper for consumption.
Dystopian Farming: 65 Billion Animals Slaughtered Annually Worldwide. What Is Wrong With That Number? VIDEOS http://www.earthcustodians.net/blog/2018/06/04/65-billion-animals-slaughtered-annually-worldwide/
One issue that no article ever raises is all the water needed to wipe down slaughterhouses open 24/7 to satisfy the market demand. Looks like a mega blood sacrifice is going on throughout the world.
Massive meat production also requires the intervention of antibiotics to keep the livestock alive til the slaughter. As a result mass farming has caused antibiotic resistance, which is a growing global health problem. The price of cheap meat has dire consequences.
Yes it is the final confrontation because human gluttony is indeed hurting the environment in a big way. And the same can be said about overfishing destroying ocean beds, the foundation of all marine life.
So the right stance regarding the matter is which taking the “whole vs individual” into consideration to follow a conscious diet. However the body does not need more than 3oz daily worth of animal proteins.
There is no easy way to tell people what they have to do, because pros and cons are on both sides of the arguments, generally “funded” by special interests, follow the money trail behind Meat Inc, which has been in business for quite a while and has distorted people’s need and minds above all.
Educate yourself about plant proteins and essential amino acids.
EC believe that the spiritual evolution of an individual can determine the right diet, once any preconceived ideas (induced by the system) has been addressed, but chances are that feeling like eating 1lb worth of meat daily, will first require to plunge into the “rabbit hole” of one’s own meat addiction.
Interestingly most spiritual beliefs are discouraging, when not prohibiting, meat consumption.
Is Meat Sustainable? But like it or not, meat-eating is becoming a problem for everyone on the planet.
(although EC stance is to dismiss climate change argument, this article makes many other extremely valid points as shown below)
- The standard diet of a person in the United States requires 4,200 gallons of water per day (for animals’ drinking water, irrigation of crops, processing, washing, cooking, etc.). A person on a vegan diet requires only 300 gallons a day.
- Giant livestock farms, which can house hundreds of thousands of pigs, chickens, or cows, produce vast amounts of waste. In fact, in the United States, these “factory farms” generate more than 130 times the amount of waste that people do.
- Energy Consumption: it becomes apparent that the journey that steak made to get to your refrigerator consumed staggering amounts of energy along the way
- Food productivity: While 56 million acres of U.S. land are producing hay for livestock, only 4 million acres are producing vegetables for human consumption
- Lifestyle disease, especially heart disease, might not have been regarded as an “environmental” problem a generation ago. But it’s now clear that the vast majority of public health problems are environmental, rather than genetic, in nature MORE http://www.worldwatch.org/node/549
Vegetarianism: Recommended in Vedic Scripture
Many times there seems to be some confusion or lack of clarity on whether the Vedic path condones or condemns the eating of meat. Often times I hear Indians and followers of the Vedic path explain that meat eating is all right, that the Vedic shastras do not condemn it. Of course, in this day and age meat eating includes and supports the whole meat industry, which is the systematic slaughter of thousands of animals on a daily basis. But if we actually research the Vedic texts we will find that there are numerous references in the various portions of the Vedic literature which explain in no uncertain terms the karmic dangers of meat-eating and unnecessary animal slaughter. These indicate that meat eating should be given up for one’s spiritual and even material progress. This means that the Vedic conclusions that some people present for meat-eating are not accurate, and that they have never studied their own religious books very thoroughly. This is something that is important to understand, so let us take a look…. MORE
The spiritual traditions of all ages, whose purpose is the freeing of the human being through conscious evolution, have been unanimous in stating that the basic requisite of the path to enlightenment is purification. According to the Beatitudes it is purification which results in the Divine Vision: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). The first of “the first works” (Revelation 2:5) requisite for the successful cultivation of consciousness is that of purifying oneself on all levels, beginning with the purification of the body through diet…. MORE: https://ocoy.org/original-yoga/vegetarianism/christian-vegetarianism/
Many people equate Buddhism to vegetarianism. Buddhists believe that life is sacred and that killing sentient beings is unjust. For many religions and even people, choosing vegetarianism is the way to live a more peaceful life. By avoiding meat, vegetarians avoid spreading violence…. There are different schools of Buddhism. One of them is the Mahayana and the other one is the Theravada. The former believes that people should follow a strict vegetarian diet while the other one does not. The Mahayanas believe that partaking in food that has animals in it contributes to suffering of sentient beings. On the other hand. The Theravadists believe that since Buddha himself ate meat, that it is allowable to eat meat as well. Buddha has also mentioned to avoid only certain types of meat. Thus it means some meat are allowable… MORE: https://www.tibetanbuddhismconference.com/why-are-buddhists-vegetarian/
Vegetarianism and religion – Wikipedia
Vegetarianism is strongly linked with a number of religions that originated in ancient India (Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism).In Jainism, vegetarianism is mandatory for everyone; in Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism, it is advocated by some influential scriptures and religious authorities. (WIKIPEDIA)
Vegetarianism and Religion – Drexel University
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that meat consumption is far less efficient in producing protein than consumption of beans and grains. Because it requires far more grain, modern meat production requires more pesticides, more water, and more fossil fuel to run tractors to farm the extra fields of grain.
The Torah (Hebrew Scriptures) describes vegetarianism as an ideal. In the Garden of Eden, Adam, Eve, and all creatures were instructed to eat plant foods. (Genesis 1:29-30)
If You Eat Processed Meats, Are You Risking Your Life?
Particularly problematic are the nitrates that are added to these meats as a preservative, coloring and flavoring. The nitrates found in processed meats are frequently converted into nitrosamines, which are clearly associated with an increased risk of certain cancers. MORE https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/01/22/if-you-eat-processed-meats-youre-risking-your-life.aspx
Thus, meat from animals, which have suffered from stress or injuries during handling, transport and slaughter, is likely to have a shorter shelf life due to spoilage. This is perhaps the biggest cause for meat wastage during the production processes.http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/X6909E/x6909e04.htm
Meat Food Waste has Greater Negative Environmental Impact Than Vegetable Waste |Aug. 12, 2015