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Beef is not green

Published 11/03/08
By Jessica Stout, Office Generalist

“Green” seems to be the new buzz-word in the last few years. It seems that everywhere we turn, everyone is going “green.” From recycle/freecycle, to hybrids, to wind-energy, and solar power, we are doing everything that we can do to save the environment and go “green.”

With all of the ways to go green evolving and mounting in number each day, it seems that the options are overwhelming. Many people, me included, are much happier letting the work be done for us. Tell us how to do it, and we will do it. Tell us that we are better-off foregoing the plastic bottles in favor of the latest stainless steel, non-BPA emitting canteen, and we will be the first ones headed off to R.E.I. Or tell us which website will calculate our “carbon footprints” and then tell us what we need to do to offset them, and we will be the happiest one-click humanitarians you ever saw. I’ll admit, I like as much impact for as little action as possible.

In keeping with that thinking, I wanted to present to you an option that will have tremendous environmental impact: Go vegetarian. Radical, isn’t it? Let me share a fact with you that you may not have even realized: It takes anywhere from 435 gallons of water, and up, to produce a pound of boneless beef. And this is according the CAST 1999 Animal Agriculture and Global Food Supply Report. That figure and source was taken directly from the beef industry’s mouth, at www.beeffrompasturetoplate.org.

Further, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water directly, per day. So essentially, to raise one pound of beef, it costs us one day’s worth of water for a family of four. You don’t have to be a rocket-scientist to put that information to logical use. If you ask me, that is the best way to offset your carbon footprint: Forego the hamburger, provide water to a family of four. You = healthier and environmentally friendly, Environment = happier, and Family of Four = hydrated and clean. Now that is tremendous impact for little action!

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