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Vegetarians are doing more damage to the earth than carnivores, or simply people that eat meat. We're eating the animals that are producing CO2 and destroying our ozone layer for 'global warming.' You're eating all the plants that take that away and make oxygen. So we're better for mother nature. =) amirite?

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actually, humans produce CO2 by repsiration (breathing).
cattle and such produce methane, which is destroying the ozone layer...

so if you wanna get rid the whole CO2 problem, you could easily turn to cannibalism...

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@actually, humans produce CO2 by repsiration (breathing). cattle and such produce methane, which is destroying the...

cattle produce more CO2 than humans. Cattle produce methane while digesting food. Methane is a very potent greenhouse (about 25 times more potent than CO2), but it has no effect on the ozone layer, that is caused by chloro fluro carbons.

Carbon dioxide and methane aren't destroying the ozone layer. They are greenhouse gases that keep heat on Earth rather than letting it back into space.

CFCs were destroying the ozone layer. Ozone is O3, and ultraviolet light given off by the Sun is absorbed by ozone. After enough energy is absorbed, the bonds break. Normally, the oxygen atoms would re-bond. CFCs would enter the ozone layer, and would react with the free oxygen atoms instead of them reforming into ozone. That is what was destroying the ozone layer.

@Mike_Hawk Carbon dioxide and methane aren't destroying the ozone layer. They are greenhouse gases that keep heat on Earth...

I thought it was a CFC molecule gets hit by UV, and releases a chloride free radical, which can form a stronger bond with O2 than anothe O, so it displaces the third O. Then the Cl- breaks off leaving an O and an O2. THe process repeats to form another O2 and another O and the O's bond to form a third O2. A single Cl- can destroy many thousands of O3 before it is neutralised.

Except that the grain grown to feed one cow makes more of a negative environmental impact than one vegetarian will in their entire life.
So yeah.

They also are leaving many animals that eat the plants as well...

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Way to troll. I do know what I'm talking about, actually. First of all, this was relating to global warming. Second, if you didn't guess, this wasn't an actual debate but a joke-like chemistry statement. So stop trolling, more lolling.

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I think global warming is way over exaggerated and I don't think being a vegetarian helps earth, but neither does being a carnivore

umm, so I took this as a joke, but I still can't help pointing out that if there wasn't a lot of market in selling meat and animals, then a lot less animals would be raised and there would be less methane.

It is actually more energy-efficient to eat at lower trophic levels. The higher the trophic level (like consumer vs. producer, 2nd-order consumer vs. 1st-order consumer) the more energy is lost in the unedible parts of the food. You are directly consuming more energy per biomass consumed if you eat plants vs. meat. So in a way, vegetarians are helping the environment. Less biomass is consumed for the energy they need.

Haha, this was, even though with a hint of science, more of a joke than anything else. Everyone seems to be bringing their own research for a scientific debate here. But no matter what..
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@ShadowofSin Haha, this was, even though with a hint of science, more of a joke than anything else. Everyone seems to be...

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@ShadowofSin Haha, this was, even though with a hint of science, more of a joke than anything else. Everyone seems to be...

I don't care if it's a joke. The only reason there are so many cattle is that there are omnivorous (not carnivorous) humans so we breed them. They eat much more plants than humans, so still, omnivores are worse than vegetarians. Still, I love meat, so screw the environment. (I still do what I can if it doesn't diminish my enjoyment too much)

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