According to the Washington Post, and some ‘scientific’ studies that they link to meat is a major cause of global warming..
Depends on who you ask…their main bitch is that our eating meat is causing a problem with greenhouse gasses.
By 2050, scientists forecast that emissions from agriculture alone will account for how much carbon dioxide the world can use to avoid catastrophic global warming. It already accounts for one-third of emissions today — and half of that comes from livestock.
If you click the links in their articles they do not take you to the sources of the information. They take you to other articles that link to other articles. I may take the time to get into all of that, but I doubt it.
Greenhouse gases come from feeding animals cereal grains instead of letting them eat grass. Before the white man came to North America the plains were covered in livestock on the hoof–the buffalo. Before civilization the planet was covered with animals and the world was in no danger of overheating, because it had not in the past.
Feeding meat animals cereals wouldn’t be a problem either except that ruminants are not supposed to subsist on cereals, but on grasses. Feeding them cereals gives them stomach upset and they end up with gasses produced in their rumen that are not natural to them or to the world. The only reason to feed them cereals is that its cheaper to do so. Feeding them grasses on their pastures of their birth would be carbon neutral. The process is to blame, not the animals, or the animal eaters.
This is all evident in the documentation if you want to dig down far enough to find the studies that the first level articles refer to. I have done it before, I may have even written about it in this blog
People are getting sick from eating foods based on cereals, just like the cattle are. Our first concern should be to heal ourselves by eating mostly meat and fatty meat at that. Our next, and less pressing concern should be to give the animals their natural forage in a natural environment, even if it costs more time and/or money to do so. Feeding them hormones, antibiotics, and cereal grains may make the meat cheaper to produce and more profitable, but it is giving the planet a fever, and giving us diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.