I've recently become a vegetarian for the whole you shouldn't be allowed to kill an animal just because it's a different species deal but I've been thinking does the whole agriculture process create more life even if it does end prematurely then would exist without the demand for meat?
Most Helpful Girl
I'm a meat eater, I'm not trying to be preachy or anything. But objectively the meat industry is terrible for the environment. Most of deforestation is a result of areas being cleared to keep livestock for example. Cow farts contribute to global warming lol. Growing crops for animal feed is clearly very inefficient; there's so much waste involved; if we grew vegetables and fruit for people to eat it would go so much further. Vegetarians are right, generally. Obviously there are some people who can't be vegetarian or vegan for health reasons and they shouldn't be shamed, but by and large, we produce way more meat and dairy than anybody needs, and the majority of people don't need those things at all1
Most Helpful Guy
If there was no demand for chicken meat and their eggs, for example, people wouldn't have chicken coops in their backyards or factories of millions or billions of them. The chicken wouldn't have evolved with us for the last 10,000 years. It may still exist in a small nitch region wherever they're from.
Of course farmers raise livestock for their meat, milk or eggs for our consumption. Without the demand, every one of those animals wouldn't have existed.2
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