Based on Chapter 5 from The Beginners Guide to Natural Living by Larry Cook, host Zoe Simpson explains why meat consumption contributes to both personal and planetary degradation.
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Over half of the water used in the United States is for animal production. And the meat and dairy industry is the single largest source of water pollution in the United States. Raising animals for food is also the single greatest reason for deforestation throughout the planet. Demand for meat is so high, that virtually all animals used for food today are grown and still cage factory farms are under horrible conditions. Sickness is so rampant that animals are given drugs, and antibiotics just to keep them alive until slaughter. Most meat has any number of contaminants including multiple disease causing organisms, high levels of pesticides and herbicides, tranquilizers artificial growth hormones, and the rendered parts of diseased or dying animals. These contaminants contribute to a wide variety of diseases found in Americans today. The best way to stay healthy and prevent environmental destruction is to minimize or completely eliminate meat consumption. If you like to learn more about healthy eating, and how to live naturally, you can read this informative book, the beginners guide to natural living.

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