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Methane is the second most significant greenhouse gas and cows are one of the greatest methane emitters. Their grassy diet and multiple stomachs cause them to produce methane, which they exhale with every breath. The amount of land needed for cows to graze causes more trees to be cut down, thus allowing more carbon emissions to escape into the atmosphere.

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Red meat can also carry negative health consequences as well. In large-scale, long-term studies of Seventh Day Adventists, for example, men who ate beef at least three times a week were twice as likely to die of heart disease than men who never ate it. Red meat is a major source of saturated fat in the American diet, and a diet high in saturated fat can raise your blood levels of total cholesterol, especially harmful LDL cholesterol. This increases the likelihood you'll develop heart disease. Eating red meat (beef, pork) frequently is also associated with an increased risk of cancers of the colon and rectum. It may also increase the risk of cancers of the pancreas, breast, prostate and kidney. Animal fat is also independently linked with an increased risk of cancers of the lung, colon, rectum, breast, endometrium and prostate. Can't stop eating meat? A recent British study (see link below) suggests limiting meat to four modest portions per week, and milk to just one liter per week, in order to help control climate change.

Do you care about animals? Another reason to stop eating meat is for concern about the treatment of animals for meat consumption. Many undercover videos have been made showing the torture and violence against chickens, cattle and hogs.

Many people are moving to a vegetarian or vegan diet, and replacing meat with meat alternatives, such as tempeh, soy curls, tofu and seitan.

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 If you can't go meatless, consider which meats you select. A study was recently completed that summarized the environmental impact of beef, pork and chicken, and ranked them based up on their impact.
hbomb7 - 9/5/2010 6:56:57 PM  

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