Sunday, August 20, 2006

The case against beef

Did you know...
  • You'd save more water by not eating a single pound of California beef than you would by not showering for an entire year.
  • Producing a single hamburger patty uses enough fuel to drive twenty miles. It also causes the loss of five times its weight in topsoil.
  • More than a third of all raw materials and fossil fuels consumed in the US are used in animal production.
  • It takes 4.8 pounds of grain (fed to cattle) to produce one pound of beef.
  • A pould of wheat can be grown with sixty pounds of water, whereas a pound of meat requires 2,500 to 6,000 pounds.
  • Reducing meat production by just 10% in the US would free enough grain to feed 60 million people.

3 comments:

J said...

we've got the koreans and texans to blame for the world's environmental degradation.

DYY said...

Damn, girl. You said it, not me.

But let's not forget beef-eating Chicagoans and Joe Mak. It's healthy be self-critical.

Anonymous said...

Diet for a Small Planet nailed this issue back in the 70s, get it from Amazon if you want more info.