“The Impact Of Animal Agriculture” Discussion Board

As  an introduction for this assignment, watch the short video “What if  Everyone Ate Beans Instead of Beef?” about how to reduce one’s personal  carbon footprint. 1. What are your initial thoughts on the first video and on the topic of animal agriculture in relationship to Climate Changec? (50-100 words minimum)

2. There is a population crisis  – but probably not the one you think (Monbiot, G. 2015).  To see this,  search the internet and use approximate numbers where needed.

a. How many people are there in the world? What does the average person weigh? Multiply the two numbers and get the total weight of people in the world?

b. How many cows are there in the world? What does the average cow weigh? Multiply the two numbers and get the total weight of cows in the world?

c. Compare  the total weight of people in the world and the total weight of cows in  the world, if you are not sure of your numbers, compare with a fellow  classmate.  What are your thoughts on this comparison?

d. To meet growing demands for beef and dairy around the world, the cow population is predicted to grow significantly faster than the human population (Monbiot, G. 2015).  Discuss your initial thoughts on the different ways this growing cow population will impact the earth.  (50-100 words minimum) 

3. Read Paul Hawken’s short overview on a “Plant-Rich Diet” and answer the following questions.

a. What is the amount of global emissions attributed to a meat-centric Western Diet?

b. If cattle were their own nation, what number would they rank for world emissions?

4. What place is the US in for consuming the most beef in the world and how much do they consume?  Look in the “Consumption” column at the following link.

5. Factory food production  has become very large scale. Following is a short 6-minute “Samsara”  food sequence video that gives a glimpse into the current scale of  factory food production.  Discuss two things that struck you most.  (“Samsara” can be described as the cycle from beginning to end.)

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