SAVE OUR PLANET – Accounting for nitrogen in food sustainability

SAVE OUR PLANET –  Accounting for nitrogen in food sustainability


SAVE OUR PLANET … Accounting for nitrogen
in food sustainability. In a recent study, University of Pittsburg environmental scientists
Dr. Xue Xiaobo and Professor Amy Landis in Pennsylvania, USA calculated the “nitrogen
footprints” of various foods. They then compared this measure of environmental impact
with the same foods’ carbon footprint. Nitrogen pollution is created from nitrogen and phosphorous
fertilizer runoff as well as nitrogen contained in livestock manure, both of which are washed
by rain into rivers and out to bays and the ocean, where they spur the growth of algae,
which dies and is then consumed by bacteria. The oxygen depriving effects of the bacteria
create the often-massive dead zones such as the 8,000-square-mile area near the Mississippi
River and the Gulf of Mexico. Of all the foods measured by the scientists, meat and dairy
products topped the list as the most nitrogen-damaging to the ecosystem, while plant-based foods
had the lowest impact. Our appreciation, Drs. Landis and Xue for helping us to understand
the environmental damage caused by nitrogen and its primary source in animal products.
May such insights motivate us all to adopt the truly eco-friendly plant-based lifestyle. During a November 2009 videoconference in
Washington, DC, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained the harms of livestock waste
to both the environment and lives while suggesting the simplest way to reverse the problem. Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching
Hai “Humanity’s Leap into the Golden Era”
Washington, DC, USA – November 8, 2009 Supreme Master Ching Hai: Livestock produces
130 times as much waste as the human population in the US. Can you imagine that? In Virginia
State, even the poultry farms are producing 1.5 times polluting nitrogen, more than all
the people living in the same area. We are killing ourselves. One time, an 8-acre large,
such pig manure lagoon burst in North Carolina, spilling 25 million gallons of this poisonous
waste, twice the volume of the notorious Exon-Valdez oil spill. Hundreds of millions of fish in
the state’s New River were killed instantly due to the nitrates in the waste, with further
harmful effects once the contamination reached the ocean. Not only that, we have the enormous
dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, the size of New Jersey, which suffocates all marine
life there. And this is overwhelmingly due to the nitrogen runoff from the Midwest, from
the animal wastes and the fertilizers for the animal feed crops. This waste is toxic.
It contains antibiotics, hormones and pesticides, and 10 to 100 times the concentration of deadly
pathogens like E. coli and salmonella compared to human waste. There is a very good reason
to abolish meat, fish, eggs and dairy – all the animal products altogether. We must stop
animal production now and at all cost if we want to keep this planet.

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