Beans, wha-pish

January 2008

Beans, wha-pish:

Are you aware that nearly half of all the water usage, 1/3 of all fossil fuels, and 80% of all agricultural land in the USA goes to the production of animal products? It's an incredibly wasteful industry, especially considering that we have to grow most of our crops just to feed those animals. You actually save more water by not eating a pound of beef than by not showering for an entire year, not to mention all the other resources consumed and the pollution and waste production. Consequently, I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that a non-vegan environmentalist is an oxymoron. (If you want to peruse a good source for such stats and details, The Food Revolution is a great place to start.)

Steve Pavlina

I did not realise just how bad it was.

Jody commented:

Well I don't know about you Matty, but I cannot resist advice from "one of the most intensely growth-oriented individuals you'll ever know"!!!

Jody commented:

I can't believe you didn't mention his wife "is a psychic medium who shares her first-hand experiences with lucid dreaming, astral projection, and connecting with spirits". Move over Clouts!

Angus commented:

Ha, reminded me of this study.

Matt commented:

I love how the study just talks about "food," but then owns up:

…based on the greenhouse gases created by intensive beef production.

You'd need about 100g of beef to replace those calories, resulting in 3.6kg of emissions, or four times as much as driving.

Of course, the study does concede that beef is not the only food. They also provide figures for milk.