The Washington Post bad big news this week by publishing an in-depth exposé entitled “Meat is horrible” to their 10 millio fans. In the article, author Rachel Premack lists off the environmental, ecological, and health reasons why American’s should cut back or give up meat.
The 1,100-word piece is full of data and graphs (detailing how “You need 48 times as many liters of water to produce the same amount of beef as veggies”). Premack also makes the undeniable point of the unsustainability of animal agriculture. She also laments how $730 billion in health care costs could be completely avoided, and makes the points of how red meat limits and taxes could help offset the damage inflicted by the United States, China, Britain, and Brazil, which are the most carnivorous countries on Earth.
The piece has been shared by notable vegan figures including Humane Party Presidentail Nominee Clifton Roberts. “Great article by The Washington Post,” Roberts said. “In light of mounting evidence about the malignant effects of the mass production of animals designed for human consumption, to the detriment of both human health and our planet, I’m often awe struck by our blatant desire to simply ‘ignore’ these facts.