Meat production consumes grain and creates pollution

Re: Despite future need, food harvests are not keeping pace, study finds

The article mentioned; “The demand for food crops is growing, but experts say the world’s harvests are not keeping pace. People are becoming richer and eating more meat, which takes more grain to produce”

The ultimate problem is over population but that is not what this article is discussing.  Unfortunately, the richer First World countries and advancing Third World countries, will eat us into oblivion because of their need to consume so much meat.

Here are a few stats from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s USGS.  One pound of chicken requires 500 gallons of water,  one hamburger OVER 4,000 gallons, one egg 400 gallons, one pound of wheat 110 gallons, one pound of corn 110 gallons. Water is also becoming a precious resource to consider.  The Food and Agricultural Organization states in 1998;  “About 60 per cent of the world’s agricultural land is used for grazing some 360 million cattle and more than 600 million sheep and goats.”  That figure has grown since then.

“If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million,” according to the Ecology Department at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  It takes seven pounds of grain to produce one pound of meat.

Remember the entire cattle industry, throughout the world, produces more global warming effects then all the planes, trains, cars, trucks and ships on this planet.  The pollution run off from factory farms in the United States causes more waterway (river) pollution in the United States then all the other industries combined.

There are always solutions.  We just need to change some habits.

Henry Kantrowitz
Punta Leona

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