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What If The World Went Vegetarian? – Kara

Our planet continues to follow a trend of climate change around the globe with not enough being done to slow it down. Some people are trying their best to drive more fuel efficient cars, use low wattage bulbs and save water, but there is a better more efficient way to help our planet but going vegetarian has been proven to reduce your carbon footprint by 42% compared to meat eaters. 51% of our greenhouse-gas emissions are contributed by animal agriculture in forms of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.

 

In this video it touches on a few Truths if the world were to go vegetarian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANUoAdXfA60

 

  • Premise 1: A leading cause of climate change are green house gasses
  • Premise 2: Animals raised as livestock are a major source of greenhouse gasses
  • Conclusion: Therefore people converting to vegetarianism would make a large impact on stopping climate change

 

Analyzing its factual correctness:

Premise 1: This is agreed upon by scientists around the word. There are some facts that people do not agree upon though such as whether or not the world is actually heating up because they claim that there are also places in the world that are becoming much cooler. Over all this fact is true unless you refuse to believe the hundreds study’s and organizations and instead look at the couple sources that believe it is a hoax.

Premise 2: This premise is true due the overwhelming facts showing about the causes of greenhouse gas emissions such as CO2 and methane which are largely to be help responsible. The fact that most of these gas emissions are released by animal agriculture is because of the way that livestock is produced in our times. There is the carbon released into the atmosphere from clear cutting and burning down of forests for feed for livestock, as well as the water used for this feed. Then there is the energy used to process and transport the feed to the animals. Afterwards the food is fed to the animals and methane is released during and after digestion in form of released gas and feces. It takes a considerable amount of water to keep an animal alive as well. After the animal is slaughtered there is energy used in the transportation and packaging of the meat as well until it lands on your plate.

Conclusion: This is valid due to the fact that we have considered premise one and two to be correct.

 

 

 

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