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rickgrimes
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Your Meat Addiction is Destroying the Planet

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A growing consensus among scientists, doctors, environmentalists, and animal rights activists suggest that our current system of food — specifically meat — production is not sustainable. By 2050, the global demand for meat will double as our population continues to rapidly grow. The effects of all this farming on our environment are currently devastating, and getting worse. Simply put, we are destroying the planet, and meat production and consumption is arguably the most to blame.

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Old MacDonald was largely replaced by factory farms long ago:

In US law, factory farms are called concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs for short). In practice, factory farms are very large — four farms in the United States produce 80 percent of the cattle raised for slaughter and half of the chickens. They’re operations that raise livestock in highly confined, high-density conditions with more than 125,000 animals under one roof. The largest food production company in the United States is Tyson Foods, which reported a revenue of $32 billion in 2011. The company makes its profit by processing animals in efficient and brutal circumstances. For example, in 1925, the average Tyson chicken lived approximately 112 days, weighed around 2.5 pounds at the time of slaughter, and had consumed about 4.7 pounds of grain per pound of its body weight. In 2010, the same chicken lived just 45 days, was slaughtered at an average weight of 5.63 pounds, and consumed just 1.92 pounds of grain per pound. Simply put, the animals live less than half as long, eat half as much and are more than double the size they were 100 years ago.

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To produce 1 pound of beef, the friendly neighborhood farmer will need 13 pounds of grain and an estimated 2,500 gallons of water. If a 1,000-pound cow yields 600 pounds of beef, that cow used 1.5 million gallons of water and 7,800 pounds of grain. So, on a basic level, farming at this scale is pretty inefficient, when you could effectively feed thousands of people with just the grain and water it takes to produce that one cow. It’s not that inefficient if you’re one farmer with a few cows and chickens (though it’s more expensive to raise animals that actually graze) and just your family to feed. But even when you’re as good as Tyson Foods is at maximizing profits, it’s a mathematically unsustainable equation.

Today, up to a third of earth’s landmass is used for grazing and growing crops. In the US, 70 percent of our grain goes to feeding livestock. This has led to a critical situation where demand is expected to far outweigh supply in the next 50 years.

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Around 30 labs in the world are working to create cultured meat:

"Fifty years hence, we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or the wing, by growing these parts separately in a suitable medium." – Winston Churchill, (1936)

Nicholas Genovese of the University of Missouri estimates that "around 30" labs — most of them at universities, often with some private funding — are working on creating cultured meats. It’s nearly identical in some ways to research being done in tissue engineering and organ creation work, both using stem cells. Geneovese’s own work has been funded by PETA for the past two years. In 2008 PETA announced a $1 million prize for the first lab to successfully grow test tube chicken. "We want to focus on chicken," Ashley Byrne of PETA says, "because chickens are the most widely abused animals in the world."

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In the US, 70 percent of our grain goes to making ethanol.


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LSUbacchus
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Mmm im craving a bacon double cheeseburger now.


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BRgetthenet
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re: Your Meat Addiction is Destroying the Planet
I'll have died from cardiovascular disease.


WGAF


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Clyde Tipton
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re: Your Meat Addiction is Destroying the Planet
Glad I own cattle.


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Clyde Tipton
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Also...

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For example, in 1925, the average Tyson chicken lived approximately 112 days, weighed around 2.5 pounds at the time of slaughter, and had consumed about 4.7 pounds of grain per pound of its body weight. In 2010, the same chicken lived just 45 days, was slaughtered at an average weight of 5.63 pounds, and consumed just 1.92 pounds of grain per pound. Simply put, the animals live less than half as long, eat half as much and are more than double the size they were 100 years ago.


That's a good thing.


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Emiliooo
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re: Your Meat Addiction is Destroying the Planet
Where's the beef?


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More beer please
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re: Your Meat Addiction is Destroying the Planet
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A growing consensus among scientists, doctors, environmentalists, and animal rights activists suggest that our current system of food




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PresidentialPerch
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and animal rights activists


Stopped reading here!


H-Town Tiger
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re: Your Meat Addiction is Destroying the Planet
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A growing consensus among scientists, doctors, environmentalists, and animal rights activists suggest that our current system of food — specifically meat — production is not sustainable. By 2050, the global demand for meat will double as our population continues to rapidly grow


This is code for there are 2 many of the type of people elities do not like.


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LSUJuice
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demand is expected to far outweigh supply in the next 50 years

The Free Market has a mechanism to handle this....


Silky Johnston
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Your Meat Addiction is Destroying the Planet


The planet has to go sometime anyway. Might as well fall victim to the holy ribeye.


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Napoleon
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hmm the Chick fil a cows were on to something.



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Green Chili Tiger
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re: Your Meat Addiction is Destroying the Planet
Bacon is worth dying for.

If I take everyone down with me, then so be it.


DrTyger
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re: Your Meat Addiction is Destroying the Planet
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A growing consensus among scientists, doctors,


Not this one.

I think I'll have steak tonight.


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TigerinATL
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re: Your Meat Addiction is Destroying the Planet
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demand is expected to far outweigh supply in the next 50 years...The Free Market has a mechanism to handle this....


Yeah, they're called farm subsidies... Enjoy real meat while you can. In 50 years we'll be eating "lab grown meat" provided by Big Brother Government.


drexyl
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In 50 years we'll be eating "lab grown meat" provided by Big Brother Government
IT'S PEOPLE!!


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Charter n Coke
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re: Your Meat Addiction is Destroying the Planet
Im glad im proficient in harvesting my own game. Yall can keep the steroid injected 4lb chicken breasts


wickowick
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gasmonkey
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your old lady's meat addiction is destroying my foreskin


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