Is Meat the biggest Eco-Fiend?

Though I do enjoy my summer grilling I’m a strong advocate for humanely raised (and “processed”) livestock, allowed to live a free, outdoor life up until the very end. But there’s another point furiously entering the “To Meat, or Not to Meat” fracas and it’s one of global proportions: Is meat simply too costly to our planet for us to continue such mass consumption of it?

While much of the debate centers around the hideous practices of large-scale commercial farms, it seems that all livestock exacts a pretty heavy toll on our environment: One study last year by the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Japan estimated that 2.2 pounds of beef is responsible for the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the average European car every 155 miles, and burns enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for nearly 20 days.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/weekinreview/27bittman.html?fta=y

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One response to “Is Meat the biggest Eco-Fiend?

  1. Try looking at the carbon dioxide emissions from processing soy. That might help sway some to eat local, grassfed meats as opposed to highly processed manufactured “foods”.

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