October 23, 2009

Wake up and smell the pot roast!

Here's an entry likely to piss most everyone off.

Sometimes I'm embarrassed to be a human being. Sadly, this photo sums up the mentality of most people. Coney Island.

Humans are inherently selfish, destructive and greedy.

Here goes:

The single two worst things a you can do to the planet are: A. Have a child. B. Eat beef. This isn't really debatable except from a religious standpoint because facts are facts. Now, if you're overly religious like that moronic family in Arkansas "The Duggars" (who are about to have their 19th child), then there's no sense in even talking to you about kids and the impact they have on the earth. These "sheeple" are obviously too stupid and "bible brainwashed" to believe that having children is bad. Remember, "God told them to have all these kids".

Think having kids isn't bad? The earth has 8 billion people on it and it's growing rapidly. Go to this site and read. Scary stuff!


Now let's look at some "meat" facts shall we?

* More than one third of the world’s grain harvest is used to feed livestock.

* The total cattle population for the world is approximately 1.3 billion occupying some 24% of the land of the planet. (these are 2004 statistics)

* Some 70 to 80% of grain produced in the United States is fed to livestock.

* Half the water consumed in the U.S. is used to grow grain for cattle feed.

* A gallon of gasoline is required to produce a pound of grain-fed beef.

* For every pound of red meat, poultry, eggs, and milk produced, farm fields lose about five pounds of irreplaceable top soil.

* The water necessary for meat breeding comes to about 190 gallons per animal per day, or ten times what a normal Indian family is supposed to use in one day, if it gets water at all.

* Hundreds of thousands of acres of tropical forests in Brazil, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Honduras, to name just a few countries, have been leveled to create pasture for cattle. Since most of the forest is cleared by burning, the extension of cattle pasture also creates carbon dioxide, and, according to some environmentalists, contributes significantly to global warming.

* Beef is terribly inefficient as a source of food. By the time a feedlot steer in the United States is ready for slaughter, it has consumed 2,700 pounds of grain and weighs approximately 1,050 pounds; 157 million metric tons of cereal and vegetable protein is used to produce 28 metric tons of animal protein. … Beef in the quantities that Americans consume it is unhealthy, being linked to cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. Yet Americans are among the highest meat consumers in the world and the highest consumers of beef.

* McDonald’s has about 28,000 restaurants world wide, opening around 2,000 new ones each year.

It is the nation’s largest purchaser of beef, pork and potatoes, and the second largest purchaser of chicken.

It is the largest owner of retail property in the world.

It earns most of its money not from selling food, but from collecting rent.

It spends more on advertising and marketing than any other brand, replacing Coca Cola as the world’s most famous brand.

It operates more playgrounds than anyone else and is one of America’s largest toy distributor.

The number of people in this country [the United States] who are obese doubled from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. Over one quarter of adults, and more than 12 percent of children in the US are obese.

President Bush signed a $190 billion farm bill. Under the 10 year program, taxpayers will pay farmers $4 billion a year to grow more corn. The people who benefit from the production of corn are not the farmers, but the processors, factory farms, snack and soft drink makers, who have switched from using sugar to corn sweeteners.

A study published a few years ago in Preventative Medicine notes that in Arkansas alone, 3 million pounds of chicken manure were fed to cattle in 1994.

Vegetarianism (or a large reduction in meat consumption) indirectly would help free up land for other uses such as growing food for others to eat as well—or in the case of beef consumption, help to reduce the pressures on natural forests such as the Amazon.

Vegetarianism (or a reduction of meat consumption etc) in an indirect way, could be a choice for those wishing to play a part in helping combat world hunger, environmental degradation etc.

Meat production produces more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation with direct emissions from meat production accounting for some 18% of world’s total. (This includes emissions generated from clearing forests and land, making and transporting fertilizer, burning fossil fuels in farm vehicles, and the front and rear end emissions from cattle and sheep.) By contrast, transport accounts for 13% of total global greenhouse gas emissions.

You need 25 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat—2,500 gallons to generate a pound of meat.

Now, if you've actually read any of this you'll realize how horrible eating meat is. Personally, I haven't eaten beef or pork for over 30 years. If you do eat beef I suggest only eating it once or twice a month. Your arteries and the planet will benefit greatly from it.

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