Excerpts from Environmental News
Recycling department of IBM, Raleigh,
October 20, 1998
We don't think anyone should tell us
what to eat - that's too personal. But we do think you should know some
facts about how your diet affects the environment.
it or not, cows may be contributing to the greenhouse effect. According to
one estimate, the world's 1.3 billion cows annually produce nearly 100
million tons of methane - a powerful greenhouse gas that, molecule for
molecule, traps 25 times as much solar heat as CO2.
(Cattle, Calves, Hogs, Pigs etc) production accounts for more than half of
all the water consumed (for all purposes) in the USA.
third of the surface of North America is devoted to grazing. Half of
American croplands grow livestock feed (mostly for cattle) for meat and
million acres of land in the USA have been deforested for livestock
million acres (an area the size of Austria) in Brazil, and half the
forests in Central America, have been cleared for beef production.
value of raw materials consumed to produce food from livestock is greater
than the value of all oil, gas and coal consumed in America.
grains, vegetables and fruits uses less than 5% as much raw materials as
does meat and dairy production.
According to DIET FOR A NEW AMERICA:
If Americans reduced their meat intake by just 10%, the savings in grains
and soybeans could adequately feed 60 million people - the number of
people who starve to death, worldwide, each year.