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Meat Production and Environmental Impact

A study in the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that meat production, while always a high-energy activity, is far worse when the meat in question is beef. Energy usage to produce meat is in general 7 times higher and uses 7 times the amount of arable land that would be used for the equivilent vegetable crop. Assuming the whole world turned vegan, this would solve the world food crisis many times over.

Land use, the consumption of water, enegy used in animal feed production and environmental factors such as methane gas (produced by manure) and CO2 levels were all taken into account.

Why is the western diet so meat-based? A look at a typical Applebee's menu reavels just how meat-based our diet really is. An astonishing 72% of products are contain meat of some description or other, while many make use of stocks or sauces that contain beef. Beef also plays a very prominent role on the Wendy's menu (another popular U.S. fast food chain), with 14% of products containing beef.

An informal survey of restaurants near me (Los Angeles) shows that our diet and eating habits certainly revolve around our animal cousins, with only 0.5% of restaurants specialising on vegan or vegetarian food. This can in part be attributed to cultural norms - Mexican food is certainly well represented. Use of beef is prevalent in the Mexican diet. ... read more.