IMMIGRATION SHUTDOWN NOW: LARGE CONSUMPTION COSTS RAISING ANIMALS FOR FOOD
April 10, 2015
Part 7: Enormous consumption, waste and environmental destruction from raising animals for food
This past Tuesday, I spoke to the Loveland, Colorado Rotary Club. Over 100 men and women heard my presentation. “Adding 100 million legal immigrants to America—and the consequences.”
(Permission to republish this population graph by Roy Beck, www.NumbersUSA.org )
With the same charts you see depicted in this series, I presented startling figures, consequences and results of what we face as a civilization if we add another 100 million more legal immigrants. By the time I worked through three quarters of the program, I watched dozens of faces stare in shock at the enormity of what their children face.
Most Coloradans already know we face gridlocked traffic, Brown Cloud over Denver, lack of water and our famous I- 70 Interstate Highway heading into the mountains remains a cement parking lot on weekends for 90 miles because of too many cars. I announced that the Cache Poudre River would ultimately be dammed no matter how many environmentalist tried to save it. www.SavethePoudre.org Colorado expects to add 5.1 million more people within 35 years because of the immigration onslaught.
At the end, I handed out three-page “take action” packets to each member. They mobbed me on stage after the program. Most of those Rotary folks didn’t possess a clue as to what we face. One young man stood up, “This is the most important program I have ever heard about our future. Thank you, sir. I will take action with your handout. You need to be interviewed on ‘60 Minutes.’”
Please realize this series points out not only what we face as a civilization by adding 100,000,000 (million) legal immigrants in the next 30 years, but the underlying and unseen consequences. We consume enormous amounts of water, energy and resources in 2015. Let’s look at the food we consume.
Pete Singer, Practical Ethics, said, “As far as food is concerned, the great extravagance is not caviar or truffles, but beef, pork and poultry. Some 38 percent of the world's grain crop is now fed to animals, as well as large quantities of soybeans. There are three times as many domestic animals on this planet as there are human beings.
“The combined weight of the world's 1.5 billion cattle alone exceeds that of the human population. While we look darkly at the number of babies being born in poorer parts of the world, we ignore the over-population of farm animals, to which we ourselves contribute...that, however, is only part of the damage done by the animals we breed.
“The energy intensive factory farming methods of the industrialized nations are responsible for the consumption of huge amounts of fossil fuels. Chemical fertilizers, used to grow the feed crops for cattle in feedlots and pigs and chickens kept indoors in sheds, produce nitrous oxide, another greenhouse gas. Then there is the loss of forests. Everywhere, forest-dwellers, both human and non-human, can be pushed out.”
Harsh facts about raising beef cows for food: it takes 12 pounds of grain to add one pound of meat on a cow. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to add one pound of beef on a bovine. The average mature dairy cow, which weighs about 1000 lbs., produces about 148 lbs. of raw manure each day that equals 52,000 pounds annually. Source: Texas State Energy Conservation Office's report. The average cow drinks and excretes up to 50 gallons of water daily. (Source: www.earthsave.org)
(1.5 billion cows eat, crap, expel methane gas and more 24/7. Enormous amounts of fossil fuel burns to feed them, transport them, milk them, slaughter them and take them to market. The United States faces an added 138 million people by 2050—a scant 35 years from now. Will we possess enough water, energy and arable land to continue this enterprise?) Photography by www.google.com
While the United States of America expects to add 138 million more people within the next 35 years, it suffers seven states already facing water shortages with its current 316 million in 2013. By growing the population to the projected 438 million by 2050, America faces sobering realities not being considered.
(Shot of Texas industrial beef waste river heading to a holding lagoon. Ultimately such waste seeps into every corner of the natural world.) Photography by www.reddit.com
“A United Nations report has identified the world's rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife,” said Geoffrey Lean, environmental editor of The Independent. “And they are blamed for a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from producing deserts to creating dead zones in the oceans, from poisoning rivers and drinking water to destroying coral reefs.
(Behind every bucolic farm barn, farmers burn anything and everything including plastics, chemicals, containers that held chemicals such as fertilizers, medicines, oil and unspeakable filth.) Photography by www.BurnBarrel.org
Bovine overgrazing worldwide constitutes the major driver for deforestation. Eventually, those pastures turn to deserts. One liter (just over a quart) of milk requires 990 liters of water to produce it. That equates to 989 liters of wastewater the planet must tolerate.
(Steaming billions of tons of cow manure cannot be handled by the natural world. It poisons the soil, groundwater and atmosphere. Over 1.5 billion cows create inexhaustible waste worldwide in our water, oceans, land and air.) Photo by Robert Barker
Feedlots and fertilizers over-nourish water, causing weeds to choke all other life. The vast array of pesticides, antibiotics and hormones ultimately migrate into drinking water and endanger human health. In dairy farm states like Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio—ground water contamination creates mega-problems for humans and animals alike. Cancer: Sandra Steingraber wrote a book about cancer caused by contaminated ground water, rivers and lagoons—Living Down Stream.
Agricultural contamination washes down to the sea, killing coral reefs and creating "dead zones" devoid of life. The Mississippi River absorbs and transports millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Gulf of Mexico. Recent reports show a 10,000 square mile dead zone in New Orleans.
“Our choices as consumers drive an industry that kills ten billion animals per year in the United States alone. If we choose to support this industry and the best reason we can come up with is because it's the way things are, clearly something is amiss. What could cause an entire society of people to check their thinking caps at the door--and to not even realize they're doing so?” (B Melanie Joy
If you would like to make a difference, please join these organizations for the most effective collective action you can take:
Share these videos all over America:
In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself.
by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck
This 10 minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few words, “Mind boggling!” www.NumbersUSA.org
United Kingdom: www.populationmatters.org
Australia: www.population.org.au Sustainable Population Australia
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Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents and six times across the United States in the past 30 years. His published books include: "HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS"; “STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE”; “IMMIGRATION’S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES”; “MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TO ALASKA: INTO THE WIND—A TEEN NOVEL”; “BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD: TIRE TRACKS FOR YOUR IMAGINATION”; “AN EXTREME ENCOUNTER: ANTARCTICA.” His next book: “TILTING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY INTO A SWAMP.” He lives in Denver, Colorado.
His latest book. ‘IMMIGRATION’S UNARMED INVASION—DEADLY CONSEQUENCES.’