A lot of people are worried about fossil fuel consumption and energy-efficient thises and thats. Not enough people, in my opinion, and not enough lifestyle changes. Unfortunately for most people I know who buy free-trade, organically-grown limited-processing food, they are wasting their time trying to save the planet if they are not vegetarians.
Raising beef for food takes many times the amount of energy, water, and land that raising grain for food takes. Here are some charts from MichaelBlueJay’s site that show at a glance the differences.
Ok, so what? Resources are limited, as we all are being told all the time. Why suck up more than your fair share eating meat (which is unhealthy as well) when many people in the world are starving? We have a responsibility to the current population of the planet, as well as to future generations. If eating less or no meat will help hoard our precious resources, then why not cut back or go vegetarian? It will definitely make a difference and may change your life!
Sources and Resources
Diet for a Small Planet – Frances Moore Lappe
Diet for a New America – John Robbins
Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture – Jeremy Rifkin
Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat – Howard F. Lyman
Websites and Web Articles