Food And Agriculture

The Benefits of Clean Meat for Animals and the Environment

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Face it. Our days of ignorance truly are over. No matter how tightly you shut your eyes, the truth is still there, undeniably in your face as activists reach out to the public and as awareness steadily grows. Environmental issues aren't just a figment of our imagination, and the newly formed weather patterns that are arising scream that pretty loudly. Animal cruelty is real, millions of animals are brutally slaughtered daily just so we can take unnecessary measures to fill our stomachs.
That's why when asked if I would eat animal stem cell grown "clean meat" to protect both animals and the environment, right away I would say yes. The thought of consuming slabs of meat grown in a laboratory may seem a bit off putting at first, but taking the benefits into consideration, I would definitely eat it. For one, like many others, I am opposed to the idea of sinking my teeth into any sort of flesh. Every animal deserves the right to their soul, and no living creature should ever undergo the suffering that takes place in the slaughterhouses. Chickens are drugged to the point where walking becomes impossible. Pigs are smarter than three year old human children yet we still shove them, and other animals, into dirty, cramped pens and submit them to disgusting forms of mutilation. 'Clean meat', or 'in vitro' meat would be a wonderful, intelligent alternative to eating animals. If we bring it to more of the public's knowledge, it could perhaps someday be sold world wide in grocery stores, restaurants and other places where meat is sold. It would also be completely free of antibiotics, diseases, hormones and feces, the fat content could be put under control, and it could be infused with vitamins and minerals that would technically do better for our bodies than real meat does for us now. Yet some people still may see this method as cruel as it still concerns animals, but in truth, there would be no deaths or pain to any creatures, so I see this process as still being ethical.
Another plus to 'clean meat' would be the negative impacts it would help release from the environment. For example it would decrease the nitrate and methane levels that traditional meat production produces. You may have heard that for every quarter-pound hamburger made from rain forest beef, fifty-five square feet of the rain forest is destroyed. To clear an area of the rain forest so it is fit to become a pasture for cattle, they use a method called 'slash and burn' agriculture. This involves cutting down areas of the forest, then burning what is left. If fifty-five square feet of a part of the rain forest is demolished for this, not only is the land gone but approximately twenty to thirty species of plants native to the rain forests are wiped out, as well as about one hundred species of insects, and dozens of species of amphibians, rodents, reptiles, mammals and birds on top of that go extinct. The burning of the forests effects are planet enormously by releasing billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, thus contributing to what's shaping up to be the destruction of our planet.
Us humans weren't put on Earth to cause destruction to ourselves and our surroundings, or to the planet's natural beauty. Meat production is just one of the hundreds of ways we are wrecking our homes; 'in vitro' meat just could be one of the many steps we're beginning to dare to take in the act of preserving our beautiful planet and saving our lives.

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