Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Rethinking how much meat we consume
The New York Times ran an article on January 27th by Mark Bittman titled, "Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler". I hope everyone takes a minute to read it, it's not preachy, instead it tries to relate problems with the meat industry to other industries already being scrutinized.
Bittman also shows how curbing our intake can reduce our impact on the environment.
"...calculated that if Americans were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent it would be as if we all switched from a standard sedan — a Camry, say — to the ultra-efficient Prius. Similarly, a study last year by the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Japan estimated that 2.2 pounds of beef is responsible for the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the average European car every 155 miles, and burns enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for nearly 20 days."
Anyway, check it out. Having meat only a couple times a week might not be such a bad idea, consider it a special treat rather than a staple.