Deakin Communicating Science 2016

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The fixable problem

The fact that animal agriculture is ripping apart our earth should be more widely known. It should be on the top of every head line, discussed in political debates and campaigns, and taught in schools. It is by far one of the most ill discussed problems of our time.

Previously I’ve spoken about how much animal agriculture actually is effecting us and the planet. Now its time for solutions.

A very poplar and discussed ‘solution’ to the agriculture problem has been Holistic grazing. Popularized by a TED talk by Allan Savory. This is where agriculture follows patterns of ‘natural’ grazing of wild animals. The problem with this is that the amount of livestock currently internationally, this isn’t even an option. The amount of deforestation for grazing is already distressing without having to create more to secure a movement of grazing cattle. This is also a man that ordered the culling of over 40,000 elephants  blaming them for the overgrazing of grasslands. Is his word one that we really want to be listening to?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has looked into solutions to prevent furthermore destruction of soil and land from agriculture like Nutrient management, buffers, and conservation tillage, but yet there are no solutions to the damages to climate, and water use (only water quality).

Organisation Care2 posted a statement on the topic stating;

Many of the scientific fixes to this problem are going to require ten or more years to become feasible options. That’s ten more years of wasting water, misusing farmland, and exponential growth of the human population.

The sheer numbers, research and facts behind this cause can no longer be disputed.

The most common suggestion for the lowering of animal agriculture effects on our planet is really quite simple; lowering the consumption of animal proteins in the human diet.

The correlation between land and agriculture wellness is sen quite easily. Seventy percent of all agriculture land is used to raise livestock, and a third of land used for growing crops is used for growing feed for livestock. The worlds resources are being thrown into the mouths of farming animals instead of the hungry and poverty ridden. Its also seen that the correlation between crops grown for animal agriculture and world hunger is seen as “1 billion tonnes of wheat, barley, oats, rye, maize (corn), sorghum and millet poured annually into livestock troughs could feed some 3.5 billion humans.”  Two drastic statements both made by environmental groups.

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It’s evern seen that Nature.com, a international weekly journal of science, has stated that “The increasing consumption of animal protein is generally considered at odds with Earth’s ability to feed its people.”

The earth simply cannot handle the pressure we are putting on it by our choices of diets. Our high population and eating habits are forcing our world through a loop hole and the effects are damaging.

The call for our four minute showers is on. Let’s all start thinking about how what we consume effects our earth. Let’s make this news. Let’s make a change.

Thee time for action has already been called upon us. We just missed the sirens.

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One comment on “The fixable problem

  1. jwello
    May 8, 2016

    Hi Sinead,

    Excellent use of sources and evidence throughout your post! I really enjoyed and admire your use of scientific evidence to back up the claims that you were making throughout the post, it allows the reader to really believe the message that you’re trying to convey. Towards the end of your post you mentioned how we have to make a change and it is a time for action, what sort of action were you referring to? What would be some of the changes to our lifestyle that would assist in releasing some of the pressure on the agricultural industry?

    Thanks for the entertaining post!

    Like

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