Stop Eating Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry Now: A Choice for Health and the Planet


We are at a crucial juncture in human history, where our choices have far-reaching impacts on our health and the health of our planet. One such choice lies on our plates, in the form of meat from cattle, pigs, and poultry. Multiple studies and research suggest that it’s time to reconsider our dietary habits for the sake of our well-being and the environment123.

Edited by David Stone

The Health Implications

Consuming large amounts of red and processed meats is linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer4. In addition, factory farming practices often involve the use of antibiotics, growth hormones, and questionable feed ingredients, which can pose further health risks5.

Furthermore, the emotional distress experienced by animals in factory farms may also impact the quality of the meat we consume. As John Robbins points out in his book “Diet for a New America”, we may inadvertently ingest the fear and stress hormones produced by these animals6.

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The Environmental Impact

The environmental footprint of livestock farming is considerable. It contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and water pollution7. In the face of climate change and biodiversity loss, a shift towards plant-based diets could greatly reduce our environmental impact.

The Ethical Dimension

Beyond health and environmental considerations, there’s an ethical dimension to our food choices. Animals in factory farms often live in cramped conditions, deprived of their natural behaviors8. Recognizing the emotional world of farm animals, as Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson does in “The Pig Who Sang to the Moon”, challenges us to consider the moral implications of our dietary choices2.

Making the Shift

While the decision to stop eating meat from cattle, pigs, and poultry can seem daunting, it’s a journey that can be embarked on gradually. Incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet, choosing ethically sourced animal products, or adopting ‘meat-free’ days are all great starting points.

In conclusion, our dietary choices matter. Reconsidering our consumption of cattle, pigs, and poultry is not only beneficial for our health but also crucial for the wellbeing of our planet and the animals we share it with.


  1. Man and the natural world: Changing attitudes in England 1500-1800
  2. The pig who sang to the moon: The emotional world of farm animals 2
  3. Why we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows: An introduction to carnism
  4. The immorality of eating meat
  5. Meat and morality: Alternatives to factory farming
  6. Diet for a new America 25th anniversary edition: how your food choices affect your health, your happiness, and the future of life on earth
  7. Ecology and vegetarian considerations: does environmental responsibility demand the elimination of livestock?
  8. An animal’s place

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