Monday, February 04, 2008

few quick facts

okay, so if you read my blog please know that I am NOT trying to harp veg on all of you non-veg BUT I think it is important to be educated on some important facts.

The Real Cost of Meat

If you think that the $8.99 per pound that you are paying for organic chicken is a bit steep, then you will probably be blown away by all of the costs not reflected on the price tag at the grocery store. Here are a few of the highlights from a very enlightening story in The New York Times.

* In the last five months, Brazil has lost 1,250 square miles (not acres) of rain forest to deforestation for grazing and crops.
* Per capita meat consumption doubled from 1961 to 2007 and is expected to double again by 2050.
* 30% of the Earth’s ice-free land is involved in livestock production.
* The energy required to produce just 2.2 pounds of meat could power a 100 watt light bulb for 20 days.

story from the new york times

these pictures made my eyes fill up with tears.