The figure for gallons of water seems to be way off (too low). The normal numbers I've seen at least 2300 gallons per pound (575 per quarter pound). Vegsource had an (old) article citing 12,009 gallons per pound (3,002 per quarter pound). http://www.vegsource.com/articles/pimentel_water.htm
Posted by nosoyyo, March 11, 2014 at 05:00 AM
Posted by nosoyyo, March 8, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Posted by nosoyyo, March 8, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Posted by nosoyyo, March 6, 2014 at 05:00 AM
The problem isn't that industrially-produced meat uses large amounts of resources that could be put to other uses (this is true of any industry that uses large amounts of resources in the production of some product). The problem is that people continue to demand such meat. It is a cultural problem, not an environmental problem. The environmental damage is just a symptom. If it is seen as the actual problem, the political solution will likely be to "reform" meat production to be more "environmentally friendly." What is needed instead is a cultural shift towards eating less meat. The best way to bring this about is to go vegan and be an example to others, not tell them that their behavior is destroying the environment. Eating industrial meat is just one of many ways humans are destroying the environment, and anyone who eats meat is likely to rationalize it in such a way, or call for "reform" of the offending industry, or some such half-measure.
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