Facts on Meat Consumption & The Environment
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
I recently became more concerned with the foods I am eating and began looking into a vegan diet. I'm very new to all of it and have tons to learn, but am eager to do so. I am currently testing it out and trying my best. At the moment, I am actively leaving meat out of my diet; however, I am not one to waste food so I am trying to finish up foods I have lying around the kitchen. By this I mean that I am still eating my frozen meals which contain meat, but picking out the meat. I am not one to preach or shove my beliefs down your throat, but someone willing to share my thoughts and knowledge in a respectful manner. I was looking up some nutritional facts and stumbled across some general facts regarding meat consumption and the environment. I found these facts to be intriguing and thought I would share them.
**Beef is the single food with the greatest potential impact on the environment.
**The enormous volume of meat, pork and poultry farm waste can't be re-processed, and potentially end up into our waterways.
**Less than half the harvested acreage in the US is used to grow food for people. For every sixteen pounds of grain and soybeans fed to beef cattle, we get back only one pound of meat.
**Nearly half of rain forests have already vanished. While they cover only 7% of the earth's land, these forests contain nearly two-thirds of all animal and plant species. Scientists say such plants may hold untold answers to future pharmaceutical cures and more.
**On average, land requirements for meat-protein production are 10 times greater than for plant-protein production.
**Producing 1kg of animal protein requires approximately 100 times more water than producing 1kg of grain protein.
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