December 4, 2020 / Leave a Comment
“Being too nice? It may be worth thinking twice”
December 4, 2020 / Leave a Comment
“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”
― George Bernard Shaw
Hello vegetarians, vegans, and others who can see the value in becoming such!
I may have a lot to share with many of you, but I leave that to the possible development of interest in my series of sharing with you important information, personal experiences, etc. There are studies I conducted and many articles came from various resources. I do not wish to claim my right on all, but for the purpose of education and from that very real positive impact on everything around us, including, of course, our health and so on, this should be considered as sharing for the good of all.
Well, It seems to me that it would be better to start from a different angle with this particular article.
We are all (at least I assume we are) members not just of this particular group, but at the same time we are here to give our voices to help in many other areas, like the environment, global warming, endangered species, etc.
What this has to do with being vegetarian? A lot!
“Environment pays the price”.
There is a big concern, pressing, but not as visible to most of us. And this is damage to the environment caused by the growing of animals for food. It is valuable to take a look at just how much of our natural resources are consumed by livestock and how much nutrition they provide in return.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, all of the water consumed for any purpose in the US, 50 percent goes to feed the livestock.
Over one-third of all raw materials consumed for any purpose, including industry, and half of the agricultural yield used domestically is consumed by livestock.
This in itself would not necessarily be bad if we got most of it back in the way of food.
But, sadly, this is not the case. The beef gives back only 10 pounds of edible protein for every hundred pounds of protein consumed, and only 4 calories for every 100 calories consumed. The numbers are similar for other meats and poultry and slightly better for eggs and milk.
Said another way, fourteen vegetarians can live on resources needed to feed only one person who eats meat and animal products.
Back when cattle roamed the range and ate wild grasses, getting back even 10 pounds of protein or 4 calories was a good deal. The rain fell and made the grasses grow. Neither rain nor grasses had any material value to humans nor they cost anything. Cattle roamed freely in the verdant pastures, turning plants that were not edible by humans into usable protein. Animal waste was dispersed over a wide area and eventually returned to the land to make it more fertile. In this way, cattle were protein factories, and the equation made sense.
It was only when meat growers started bringing cattle in from pasture for fattening that the equation turned bad. Cattle do not need high-quality protein such as grains and soy, and when such a feed is given to them, the animals become waste factories. With the efficiency of a bureaucracy, they turn 100 percent high-quality edible proteins into 90 percent waste and 10 percent edible protein.
“Thy cycle of ruination”
The subject is touchy because it deals with a part of American life that we hold sacred:
Farming… 50 years ago most Americans lived on farms and the farm was where home was. But times have changed and the farmer and his land have fallen on hard times. Overproduction and overuse of natural resources have spoiled both the farm economy and farm ecology and have pitched the farmer into a cycle of ruination.
Continue in the next issue of my “newsletter” named: “The 2,500-gallon steak…get ready for a shock.
See you all here.
Regards and good luck on your way to becoming vegetarian….