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Eating McDonalds Causes Immigration by Fiona Evans




There’s logic to this. Stick with me….

But before I get stuck in, I just want to be clear, I have no beef (pun intended) with immigration. With a top heavy population and huge corporate tax loopholes we need all the taxes we can get to help support our NHS, and in the words of Groove Armada, “If everybody looked the same, we’d get tired of looking at each other”.

I could talk more on this but that’s for another day. Now, where was I?

McDonalds is the biggest ‘restaurant’ in the world. On any given day they feed one percent of the global population, about seventy million people. People need to eat, but ...

Big livestock accounts for 25 to 30 percent of global emissions and the World Bank states that cattle ranching has been behind almost 90 percent of forest clearances in Brazil since the 1970s.

82% of our global farmland goes into industrial agriculture but only provides 18% of the world's calories.

Why?

Because we need so much farming land to grow grain to feed animals before we feed on them.

Producing just one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles and collectively the world’s top five meat and dairy corporations are now responsible for more annual greenhouse gas emissions than ExxonMobil, Shell, or BP.

The world has warmed by more than 1°C since the industrial revolution, and the Paris agreement has been put in place to keep us south of 2ºC, but projections put us on track to reach 3°C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change believes we will get to 1.5ºC by 2038 and 2ºC ten years after that.

Unfortunately a 2ºC increase in global temperature doesn’t mean that you’ll get guaranteed sun for your staycation in Skegness or Southend on Sea.

It means food and water shortages.

It takes one thousand gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk. To put this into perspective, that’s 12.8 baths.

It takes 2,500 gallons of water to make one pound of beef. Two thousand five hundred.

That’s 32 baths!

Growing water shortages make animal agriculture unsustainable.

A report from the IPCC, written by more than a hundred scientists from around the globe, warns us to expect very high levels of instability in our food chains once we reach plus 2ºC. Africa has already reached 2 degrees of climate change, has been in drought for 5 years, and 45 million people are going hungry. A person in the US emits more CO2 in 2 weeks than a person in Africa emits in a year. Africa is suffering the consequences of our entitled western diets. Who will be doing Live AID for us if we face the same shortages?