I Wonder…Term Project
I wonder what negative impact the fast foods industry had on the environment. Nowadays, fast foods industry has become one of the biggest industries in around the world. More and more fast foods restaurants are opened as the number of people who consume fast foods increase. For instance, within a mile where I live, there are more than seven fast food restaurants, and most of people that I know consume fast foods at least once a week. Since we all live under the same atmosphere, if the fast foods industry had negative impacts on the environment, it would affect the well- being of the whole society. For this reason, this is a topic that matters to people all around the world. Therefore, the purpose of this research paper is to learn more about the subject matter, so hopefully I could adjust my eating habits, and influence my friends to adjust their eating habits in order to protect the environment.
I think the fast food industry is directly responsible for the emissions that contribute to the greenhouse effect. First of all, most fast foods restaurants don’t consume local farming products. In order to maximize their profit, most of the supplies for fast food chains are shipped from the company warehouses, which are sometimes hundred miles away from the restaurants, and those cargo trucks that are used to ship the supplies directly contribute gas emission to the greenhouse effect. At the same time, the supplies for fast foods chains as far as I know are factory- farmed products, which I believe will have more impact on the environment than the old school farmed raise products.
According to the article “The Carnivore’s Dilemma”, in American, most carbon dioxide emissions come from fuel burned to operate vehicles and equipment for farming, which makes up the majority of agriculture-related greenhouse emissions (Niman). Another scholarly study from Cornell University also revealed that about 19 percent of the total fossil fuel used in this country goes into the food system, which is about the same amount we use for transportation (Lang).
According the Journal Article “How meet contributes to Global warming”, a report by the United Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2006 revealed that meat cause more greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide than either transportation or industry. The report also found that the production of meat contributes a fraction of 14% to 22% of the 36 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases the world produce annually. In 1999, Susan Subak, an ecological economist then at the University of East Anglia in England, found that cow emit between 2.5 and 4.7 ounces of methane, which has 23 times more global-warming potential than carbon dioxide, for each pound of beef they produce depending on the production method. If we convert it to carbon dioxide equivalent unit, each pound of beef being produced will...