Here is some extracts of a long article in “Express Hospitality”about “unravelling the mystery of rising food prices” by Arun Nambiar. It stroke us that being vegetarian will help a lot in the next decades this could be one of the good resolution for 2009, what do you think ?
” What’s meat got to do with global warming? ”
“…The UN food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) calculates that meat production accounts for a fifth of GHG (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) emissions. The emissions arise due to clearing of land for the feed grown for animals. The livestock emits “toxic” methane to the atmosphere, wich is 23 times stronger than crabone dioxide, when animals belch and break wind. Food prices are shooting up as there is serious shortage all over the world. Even in the US, there is a talk on “rationing”. But who exactly is consuming teh food grains ? OVER 70 PER CENT OF FOOD GRAINS PRODUCED IN AMERICA ARE CONSUMED BY COWS AND PIGS FOR PRODUCING MEAT!…”
“…A cow takes 16 kilograms of grains to produce One Kilogram of beef. If Humans were directly to consume grains rather than meat of animals, there would be enough food to feed the world without shortage.”
“…An average American eats 125 kilogrames of meat every year, all together Americans consume 350 00 000 tons of meat evrey year. An vearge Chinese consume 70 kilogrames of meat by year, all together chineses consume 10 00 00 000 tons of meat by year.”
“… The number of animals raised for meat production is 50 000 million, wich is eigth times the size of human population…. What about water? About 10 000 litres of water are needed to produce one kilogram of meat!.”
“…An animal generates 100 times more waste than human being, how would one imagine disposing waste generated by 50 000 million animals ?”
“…Raising animals, meat processing, chilled storage, transportation, retailing, and storing meat in deep freezer at home-all require huge amount of energy. That is why meat is an inefficient energy provider.”
“…As the population of animals is rising faster than humans, one doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to know who is controlling the world…”
For the personal comment do you remember George Orwel’snovel “Animal Farm” ?