Building a Relationship Between American Diets and Carbon Footprint Impacts (credit: Michigan Radio)
DISCUSSION: Since the beginning of mankind's existence, there has been an undeniable increase in the consumption of various types of meat around the world. However, by the same token, there is also a growing percentage of Earth's global population which has transitioned from following a primarily meat-eating culture to being more of a vegan and/or vegetarian-based diet routine. Based on this transition to less meat-eating among part of Earth's global population, this has lessened the demand for routine resources (e.g., utilized during the process of generating many types of meat which include more animal feed and grass-based products). Moreover, many meats are generated via animals which produce large amounts of methane gas during the course of their lifetime.
With methane being one of more potent Greenhouse gases which exist, this creates a substantial degree of stress on the global climate system in terms of the impacts of the increasing amounts of methane gas which is added to Earth's atmosphere via the demands of meat-eating people. More specifically, due to the fact that methane (as a Greenhouse gas) contributes to the trapping of heat within Earth's atmosphere, methane acts as an additional catalyst towards the amplification of the warming effect of Earth's Greenhouse effect. Hence, giving further support for why the continued increase in the global demand for meat consumption is a concerning precedent in the presence of a global average temperature which has already been experiencing a net warming trends over the past couple of decades.
Thus, there is no debate that humans are (at least to some degree) having an influence on the continued amplification of factors which are contributing to global climatic variability. Having said that, it is imperative to consider the fact that even by making marginal food dieting modifications on a day-to-day basis many people could limit mitigate further man-based impacts to the global climate change threat by further reducing the concentrations of methane which are released into the environment all over the world. It just goes to show that even minor changes to one's lifestyle can have global impacts beyond simply the scope of a given individual person or family.
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