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Old 04-23-2009, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Brusssels
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Nice article:

Kathy Freston: An Earth Day Reflection On The Breathtaking Effects Of Cutting Back On Meat

A couple nice quotes:

"Excrement produced by chickens, pigs, and other farm animals: 16.6 billion tons per year - more than a million pounds per second (that's 60 times as much as is produced by the world's human population - farmed animals produce more waste in one day than the U.S. human population produces in 3 years)."

"Water used for farmed animals and irrigating feed crops: 240 trillion gallons per year- 7.5 million gallons per second (that's enough for every human to take 8 showers a day, or as much as is used by Europe, Africa, and South America combined)."

"Emissions of greenhouse gases from raising animals for food: The equivalent of 7.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to the UN report. Concludes the UN: "The livestock sector is... responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions." That's about 40 percent more than all the cars, trucks, planes, trains, and ships in the world combined (transport is 13%)."

"It takes more than 11 times as much fossil fuel to make one calorie of animal protein as it does to make one calorie of plant protein."
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