In conclusion, switching to a vegan or at least vegetarian diet could significantly benefit both the environment and human health. Although research is underway to improve the efficiency of meat production, the greatest impact can be made by the consumer. By reducing the consumption of meat and meat by-products, consumers could reduce the annual emission of greenhouse gas, lower deforestation rates, and even protect themselves against heart disease.
“Reversing these trends will not be easy. It will call for a rethinking of meat’s role in the diet. If livestock are to live in balance with the environment again, First World consumers will have to eat less meat, while Third World citizens will need to keep their meat consumption low” (Chicago Tribune, 1991).
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- MacVean, Mary. “More and More Americans Find Food for Thought in Vegetarianism.” Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File), Oct 18, 1992. http://ezproxy.msu.edu.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/docview/1723700153?accountid=12598.
- “Milk: Amazing Things Happen when You Give it Up.” Miami Times, Sep, 2015. http://ezproxy.msu.edu.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/docview/1722416896?accountid=12598.
- “Cuts Sought in Production of Livestock.” Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File), Jul 14, 1991. http://ezproxy.msu.edu.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/docview/1620711873?accountid=12598.