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Rethinking the meat guzzler

A New York Times article by Mark Bittman details the effects meat production has on our environment. Health problems and animal cruelty are mentioned in passing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/weekinreview/27bittman.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin

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Highlights:
- The United States comprises 5% of the world's population, yet slaughters 15% of the world's total farmed animals (10 billion).
- A third of all ice-free land is directly/indirectly involved in meat, dairy and egg production.
- Nearly 20% of all greenhouse gases are produced by the livestock industry.
- Two to five times more grain is required to produce the same caloric amount through livestock than direct consumption of grain.
- Americans consume twice the maximum, suggested allowance of animal protein a day! Humans only need about 30 grams of protein a day, yet Americans consume around 110 grams.

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houses7177
Jan. 30th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
I though that was a very thought provoking article, indeed.
ladydevonny
Jan. 30th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
whoa the last fact surprised me!
mcsassypants
Jan. 30th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oo! Would you mind if I stole this to put in my LJ?
rinalia
Jan. 31st, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Not at all - I think everyone should read the NY Times article!
yesididit
Jan. 30th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
as i'm learning to cook more things, i'm experimenting with beans! glorious beans! i never ate them growing up because the only kind my mom made were frozen baked beans and those were (and still are) gross.

but theres all these other kind of beans that are awesome snuck into things like lasagna and other pasta dishes. not to mention you get glorious fiber from these nifty beans. no fiber in the meat i dont think. i got a lot of learning left to do tho. meat is too expensive to be the main feature of every meal. (though i could live on bacon alone...nom...nom...nom)
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