The production of meat is a waste of food
Worldwide all cattle is fed
735 billion kilo grain every year. Conveyed
in a goods train the transport would require
12,3 million wagons. That train could easily
span the equator 6 times.
Meat production leads to environmental pollution
In the west, the biggest sources of acid precipitation, affecting forest and heather, are stock farming and traffic. Since fertilizer is one of the great contributors to this, the environment would profit largely from a diminished production.
Meat production costs lives
In the west, people consume much more meat these days than they used to do in the old days. Vegans, who totally abstain from meat consumption and use of animals, save the lives of approximately 6 bovines, 45 pigs en a few hundred chickens (these numbers apply to the Netherlands).
By means of the bio-industry all this meat consumption brings about a lot of animal distress. Thus, lessening the worldwide meat consumption obviously reduces the amount of animal distress.
Meat production is a waste of energy
During the transformation from plant into
animal protein a lot of nutritious matter
is wasted. 4 Kilo of vegetable protein (cattle
feed) on average yields only 1 kilogram
of animal protein.
|From the factsheet "Meat", the daily meat consumption in 2007 and projected in 2050:|
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