The fourth edition of our Sound Bite Series…
The UN report, Livestock’s Long Shadow, came out in late 2006 and reported how the livestock industry is seriously damaging our environment in four separate categories: Land and Trees, Water, Climate Change and Biodiversity.
All four were covered in Chapter 4 of our book; for your convenience, a few sound bites are presented here for the second one: Water Shortage and Pollution.
Bite #1. The water required to produce just ten pounds of steak equals the water consumption of the average household for a full year.
As reported in the 2009 movie HOME, it takes 100 liters of water to produce one kilo of potatoes compared to 13,000 liters of water to produce one kilo of beef. On a per calorie basis, it takes over 20 times as much water to produce meat and dairy compared to whole, plant-based foods.
Bite #2. This incredible waste of our most precious natural resource is taking place while Water.org reports that nearly one billion people lack access to safe water.
More people in the world own cell phones than have access to a toilet. And as cities and slums grow at increasing rates, the situation worsens. Every day, lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills thousands and leaves others with a poor quality of life.
Bite #3. Agricultural runoff is the single largest source of water pollution in the nation’s rivers and streams according to the E.P.A. (reported in a September 2009 article in the New York Times)
The solid waste from factory farms in the USA alone is staggering — 87,000 pounds per second; equaling 1.37 billion tons per year. And what happens to all that waste? The short answer is that it ends up in our water supply.
All of the above is based on well-referenced information that appears in Chapter 4 of our book. While the U.N. Report was compelling in its findings, it offered precious little in terms of a recommended solution.
That’s because, it is very likely that a very large percentage, if not ALL, of the scientists working on the study still believe that we humans “need” to eat animal protein to be healthy. Until these great minds understand the complete truth about nutrition, they are not likely to recommend the obvious solution — a return to the natural diet for our species.
Sound bite series…
- Big Picture — First edition (7-21-11)
- Wasteful, Harmful and Cruel (7-26-11)
- Environment — Land & trees (7-27-11)
- Environment — Water (7-28-11)
- Environment — Climate change (7-29-11)
- Environment — Biodiversity (7-30-11)
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