Thesis: Economic success in the rising of social classes increase the demand of meat to end poverty causes ecological disasters.
Poverty has been an issue for many centuries and slowly the economy has helped bring the poor out of poverty. Agriculture, mainly meat production has helped provide for many of these poor families but the consequences further damage the World. Meat is the main protein for many countries. The amount of land used for livestock and pastures are increasing to accommodate the growing population. With more agriculture land the more greenhouse gas emissions and pollution it brings, causing ecological disasters.
The world needs better food systems. Where independent farmers are not controlled by large corporations that use synthetics crops and pesticides. These farmers can create incomes from organic and sustainable resources. The meat industry puts out millions of workers out of employment, making them fall into poverty. Production is made on a global scale based on the assumed needs of people and economy. Animal agriculture was endorsed by several organizations because it was believed to be the solution to end world hunger but now with scientific evidence of the rippling effects it has different approaches are made to balance out the risks.
Large corporations profit from industrial animal agriculture instead of local independent farmers in rural communities. This system only benefits the urban population. Low cost imported food should help decrease hunger but instead the poor are forced to move out into cities to work in factories with low wages that they barely can pay for meat. It also occupies space for growing feed like corn and pastures. It takes more land to feed an animal than one person. The land used for agriculture can feed the whole world and end poverty. “It takes, on average, ten pounds of grain or soya to produce one pound of meat. Land used to grow rice can support 19 times more people than land devoted to egg production.” (Cox 2007) The amount of space needed to raise one animal can feed more people. Understanding this concept will help create new practices for food systems and land use efficiently.
Many natural resources are depleted by the industrial animal agriculture. Water supply can become limited because livestock requires high amounts of water. Unlike plant based proteins who don’t need much water or land for growth. It’s better to move forward to new forms of protein and sustainable practices than increasing animal production to end poverty. “The International Food Policy Research Institute estimates that a 50% reduction in meat eating in the developed world by 2020 could mean 3.6 million fewer malnourished children in developing countries.” (Cox 2007) Solutions to end poverty should be addressed on a global scale and the future of the planet as well as generations be taken account.
Establishing efficient farming practices will conserve natural resources and provide more access to the people. Cutting down food, health, transportation costs are benefits that come with better food conversion yields. Animals consume more energy and food than what it provides for when sold for meat. Around 50% of habitable land is used for agricultural uses like raising livestock, growing animal feed or grazing. The land used for growing crops supply more protein and food than the land used for animal agriculture which is four times more larger. Livestock makes up 77% of that 50% while 23% is used for crops. (Roser) Land used for arable crops can feed the world instead of overproducing meat and dairy products.
The evolution of global food systems in agricultural practices has impacted the world but it has become one solution to end poverty. Natural resources are finite and are quickly decreasing due to the meat industry. As well as climate change, which can affect crop seasons for farmers. Reducing food waste will increase the food supply available for those in need and causes no risk of gas emissions. This change in the economy will help reduce transportation costs and food prices that will target the lower social classes in order to afford food. “Climate-smart agriculture-higher agricultural productivity, greater climate resilience, reduced GHG emissions is essential to permanently end poverty and hunger.” (Thompson 2015) The growing population needs higher crop yields to produce the amount of food demand. With the expansion of this practice then there will be a reduction of greenhouse gasses and stop future ecological disasters.
Cox, Janice. “Industrial Animal Agriculture Part of the Poverty Problem.” World Animal Protection, World Society for the Protection of Animals, 2007, http://www.worldanimalprotection.ca/sites/default/files/ca_-_en_files/wspa_poverty_report_tcm22-3744.pdf.
Roser , Max, and Hannah Ritchie. “Yields and Land Use in Agriculture.” Our World in Data, documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/700061468334490682/pdf/95768-REVISED-WP-PUBLIC-Box391467B-Ending-Poverty-and-Hunger-by-2030-FINAL.pdf.
Townsend, Robert F. “Ending Poverty and Hunger by 2030.” The World Bank, World Bank Group, 2015, documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/700061468334490682/pdf/95768-REVISED-WP-PUBLIC-Box391467B-Ending-Poverty-and-Hunger-by-2030-FINAL.pdf.
As demand for meat increases on a global scale, the environment suffers the consequences. The products in agriculture increases when demand is high but when it’s not, production still continues and causes damage to the market. It all started when the need of ending poverty arised and the economy decided that the demand for meat was greater and cheaper to produce than crops. The overproduction of meat releases toxic chemicals like methane and carbon oxide. These chemicals are harmful and effect global warming. Economic success in the rising of social classes increase the demand of meat to end poverty causes ecological disasters.
In 2016, the pork demand in China was a driving force for the global production to feed lower social classes. The “ global demand” made Chinese hog farmers earn record breaking profits due to the rise of prices the consumer would pay. As this need for meat rises the social classes increase therefore decreasing poverty yet the high price makes it harder for lower classes to buy. Due to this demand, it causes ecological disasters but little efforts are made to decrease overproduction because it’s all about the economic success. The writer Austin Alonzo said “in the long run animal agriculture, and the pork industry, will shine due to the growing global population and rising middle class.” (Alonzo 2016) This further examines how animal agriculture will continue to exist as the global population increases and the market produces profits for farmers.
Yet if expansion increases at an exponential rate then farmers must adjust prices to meet demand. This problem can cause the market to crash and meat will no longer be viewed as a “rich only” product. When a person’s income is greater than others then their able to afford meat while others don’t have the necessary income to afford it, making meat more rarer to get. Not really rare, since social classes are becoming richer and richer as the economy grows. The concept of global demand is viewed differently from the market and consumer point of view. The market adjusts it’s value and consumers create the demand. As the pork industry increases the price of corn is decreasing. Depending on the market and demand the production in crop and agriculture needs. The production necessary for livestock is greater than what the crop yield can feed the poor. Resources are not being assigned correctly and all the crops goes into animal agriculture, leading an overproduction and waste.
In the World Bank article, the consumer and the market are evaluated. For example, if a farmer loses some of their livestock then they are forced into selling whatever they have at a low price due to the low economy, just to survive that day. That will affect them in the long run when the profits they could’ve had were made from their thriving livestock production and now will remain poor. Making poverty harder to come out of if the market delinces. As interventions to end poverty and help climate change arises the economy will stabilize.
Due to the climate change caused by the production in animal production, the lower social classes suffer the most. They have limited resources and can’t adapt if the economy declines or a ecological disaster occurs. It’s counterintuitive that the helping the poor and the rise of social classes causes ecological problems as well as the economy causes the original problem in a never ending cycle, making all the efforts to end poverty just increases the numbers and causes pollution. New climate policies are being formed to help reduce emissions and help the poor to climb up the social ladder. “When British Columbia created its carbon tax, it used the revenue to lower income and business taxes and to create a low-income climate action tax credit that provides quarterly support to the poor to help with energy costs.” (World Bank 2015) This carbon pricing used the revenue to stream money to help energy costs to help the poor and decrease greenhouse emissions. With some countries, like Indonesia, creating subsidy reforms it changes the increase of energy prices with aid for healthcare and cash for low-income households and students. Creating these “social safety nets” it will prevent the poor into falling even further in the social class ladder. Animal agriculture will should have a net zero to lower emissions caused by the overproduction of the global demand.
Alonzo, Austin. “China Hogs World’s Pig Market in 2016.” WATTAgNet, WATTAgNet, 24 June 2016, http://www.wattagnet.com/articles/27386-china-hogs-worlds-pig-market-in-2016
“Climate Change Complicates Efforts to End Poverty.” World Bank, 6 Feb. 2015, http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2015/02/06/climate-change-complicates-efforts-end-poverty
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- Greenhouse gas emissions
- Agriculture increases gas emissions
- Livestock agriculture produces and releases methane
- Reducing livestock production to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Eliminating livestock and crop production will reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions.
- Eliminating agricultural activities like livestock and crop productions will decrease greenhouse gas emissions due to the reduction of methane and nitrous oxide. UPDATE: Eliminating agricultural activities like livestock production will decrease greenhouse gas emissions due to the reduction of methane and nitrous oxide and therefore stop climate change.