In the first week of July, Krishnan and I stumbled onto this documentary film titled Eating Our Way to Extinction. The title fascinated us so we watched the whole film. It was an eye opener !!
The film can be viewed on Amazon Prime. Here’s the link to the one on You Tube – Eating our way to Extinction.
Some facts about the food we are eating –
- For nearly all of the environmental disasters, animal agriculture is the root cause.
- To produce milk, we farm an area the size of Brazil 😳. Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world.
- To produce meat, we farm an area the size of Canada, US, Venezuela and a few other countries combined. Look at the pic
- 3.1 billion hectares of land can be saved if we shifted to a plant based diet !!!!!!! Which is the size of the African continent.
- Nitrogen used in fertilisers gets into the rivers and from there into the oceans. It spurs the growth of algae… which is so large a surface as to be seen from space. Algae deprive the water of oxygen.
- Livestock farming is the leading cause of ocean dead zones. If the Oceans die, human beings will die too, duh !!!
- 70% of the fish we eat today comes from artificial fish farms.
- Fish farms of Norway produce nearly all the Salmon eaten around the world. Pesticides, disinfectants and antibiotics are sprayed to keep these fish from getting lice and other infections. There are dead fish at the bottom of the fish farm – look at this pic.
- The aquacultures release more methane than beef production 🙄 – a gas directly responsible for global warming.
- Tony Robbins had mercury poisoning due to eating Salmon (what he thought was healthy)
- 80% of plastics found in the Pacific Ocean is due to discarded fishing gear :(:(.
- Over 75% of antibiotics being produced are used for animal agriculture and by 2050 more people will die due to resistance to antibiotics than cancer !!
- Chickpeas have equal amounts of protein compared to Chicken but chicken farming consumes 50 times more water and does 40 times more damage to global warming.
- 75% of the world’s soya bean production is used as livestock feed.
- We use 70 trillion gallons of fresh water a year to produce meat ….Truly eating our way to extinction.
Eating our Way to Extinction Indeed
Generations of both our families have been strict vegetarians and am so glad that I was born in India because we still retain our vegetarian roots. In India we don’t consume meat in all three meals, rarely during breakfast. Maybe eggs, but I don’t think we consume beef or other red meats the first thing in the morning.
The super market shelves in the developed nations have aisles filled with cleanly packaged meat …. taking away the gory details. Its as easy to unwrap a salami slice as it is to unwrap bubble gum or a cheese slice. Children just don’t see the butchery and utterly disgusting conditions in which the animal is kept before being killed….. so its just like popping a slice of cheese or a biscuit.
Meat eaters need to become more aware… Go vegetarian ! Save your health and the planet’s health in the process. Say no to farmed fish. Norway can keep getting top environmental ratings, but who will evaluate the damage to our oceans due to their fish farms ?
We are even more committed to remain vegetarians, who don’t eat eggs even after watching the documentary… its a personal choice and our tiny contribution to Mother Earth’s sustainability.
Do watch the film. Its hard hitting and factual. Choose your food with awareness and don’t just buy anything with a label.