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  •  That Just Isn't True (1+ / 0-)
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    Brian A

    I try to respect you have a different take then I do. What I talk about is me trying to eat less meat. A lot less. It was thought there were 80 million buffalos in the US before the Europeans got here. Ponder that for a few seconds.

    Even free range we can grow a ton of meat.

    The question for me is how much meat we eat.

    This women I used to date. Wonderful lady. A Vegan. She has now gone over to what I'd call the "dark side" that I am the first coming of the devil cause I eat meat. Thinks the same of anybody that eats eats meat.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 09:28:47 AM PDT

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    •  FACTS.... (1+ / 0-)
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      The global scope of the livestock issue is huge. A 212-page online report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says 26 percent of the earth’s terrestrial surface is used for livestock grazing. One-third of the planet’s arable land is occupied by livestock feed crop cultivation. Seventy percent of Brazil’s deforested land is used as pasture, with feed crop cultivation occupying much of the remainder. And in Botswana, the livestock industry consumes 23 percent of all water used. Globally, 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to the livestock industry—more than is produced by transportation-related sources. And in the United States, livestock production is responsible for 55 percent of erosion, 37 percent of all applied pesticides and 50 percent of antibiotics consumed, while the animals themselves directly consume 95 percent of our oat production and 80 percent of our corn, according to the Sierra Club.
      From my last MMM:

          Between watering the crops that farmed animals eat, providing drinking water for billions of animals each year, and cleaning away the filth in factory farms, transport trucks, and slaughterhouses, the farmed animal industry places a serious strain on our water supply. Nearly half of all the water used in the United States goes to raising animals for food. In 2008, John Anthony Allan, a professor at King's College London and the winner of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize, urged people worldwide to go vegetarian because of the tremendous waste of water involved with eating animals.

          It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat, while growing 1 pound of wheat only requires 25 gallons. You save more water by not eating a pound of meat than you do by not showering for six months! A totally vegan diet requires only 300 gallons of water per day, while a typical meat-eating diet requires more than 4,000 gallons of water per day.


      Macca's Meatless Monday

      by VL Baker on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 09:39:18 AM PDT

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      •  first quote needs update 80% of antibiotics (0+ / 0-)

        used in US are used in animal feed.  wrote a diary about it.

        Macca's Meatless Monday

        by VL Baker on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 09:43:42 AM PDT

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      •  You Are Picking A Fight With Somebody (0+ / 0-)

        that agrees with you and you don't even seem to realize it. Not a good advocate.

        Can every citizen of the world have pork for breakfast, lunch, and dinner tomorrow. Nope. Not even close. We got to stop this shit 24/7.

        But then to say we can't have ANY meat, well you go over-the-top. That our world can't handle the raising of a few aminals is just a joke.

        I could put back almost the same argument you used against me, that we plant to many crops. That land should be used to graze animals as it was before.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 09:55:52 AM PDT

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        •  Exactly. (0+ / 0-)

          'Meat' is not unsustainable.  But the amounts of meat we eat most certainly are.  And it starts with cows, which are terribly wasteful.

          "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it... unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." -The Buddha

          by Brian A on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 05:02:41 AM PDT

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