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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Save the planet--Don't eat meat!


That's a flyer available from PETA. The back side has details, as does this web page.

Some of the facts:
  • Raising animals for food consumes more than half of all water used in the U.S. A totally vegetarian diet requires 300 gallons of water per day, while a meat-eating diet requires more than 4,200 gallons of water per day.
  • In December 1997, the Senate Agricultural Committee released a report that stated that animals raised for food produce 130 times as much excrement as the entire human population, roughly 68,000 pounds per second, all without the benefit of waste treatment systems. (Holy crap, Batman!)
  • Of all agricultural land in the U.S., 87 percent is used to raise animals for food. Thatís 45 percent of the total land mass in the U.S. More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland in order to produce our meat-centered diet.
  • The world's cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion peopleómore than the entire human population on Earth.
Go here for more info.

I've been a vegetarian for over 2 1/2 years now. There's lots of good stuff to eat, and my ecological footprint is way smaller. Here's a place to get started.