Put down that burger. Think you can care about the planet and have that Whopper too? Not according to this article in the New York Times. Meat is the new oil, folks, and our tanks just hit empty. The environmental impact of meat cannot be overstated.
The Times says this about meat manufacture:
"These assembly-line meat factories consume enormous amounts of energy, pollute water supplies, generate significant greenhouse gases and require ever-increasing amounts of corn, soy and other grains, a dependency that has led to the destruction of vast swaths of the world’s tropical rain forests."
That'll put a damper on that sparkling brook and pristine garden of eden you were fixing to plant.
Still clutching that bratwurst? To find out how meat and oil are twins,
- Meat is subsidized by the government.
- Meat's demand increases as nations become wealthier
- The toll of meat production is becoming increasingly visible, prompting emphasis on rationing.
Ever the overachievers, Americans consume twice the global average of meat per day—about 8 ounces. Gulp. I haven't read The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, not being an omnivore and all, but now I want to. Can we afford to keep up our barbecuing lifestyle? Would you cut back on beef to save the planet? Is the steak the new SUV?