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Weight Lifting - One Hundred Days - 031


A kilogram of beef is responsible for the equivalent of the amount of CO2 emitted by the average European car every 250 kilometres, and burns enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for nearly 20 days (New Scientist magazine, 18 July 2007, page 15 )

"Ok, here's the heavyweight statement. From Albert Einstein in 1921, no less! "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." If anyone could work it out, he could!

Livestock now use 30 percent of the earth's entire land surface, mostly permanent pasture but also including 33 percent of the global arable land used to producing feed for livestock. As forests are cleared to create new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation, especially in Latin America where, for example, some 70 percent of former forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing. Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as reported on timeforchange.org. Agriculture is responsible for 18% of the total release of greenhouse gases worldwide (more than the whole transportation sector) and cattle breeding is a major factor in this.

So not only is meat not the best ingredient for our dietary health, it is also one of the worst ingredients for our planet's health! Double whammy! So why do we continue to eat so much meat? Habit & history, of course. It is hard to change the habits of a lifetime, but according to goodfood.com.au it is happening. Chucking a few steaks on the barbie may become a historical cliché, as the number of Australians who eat "all or mostly vegetarian" has risen from 1.7 million to 2.1 million in just four years. And 9.9 million Australian adults now eat less red meat than in the past. The rising price of meat does, unfortunately, have quite a lot to do with the trends, but they are being driven pretty robustly by lifestyle & health factors. Why the young especially are not screaming about the environmental factors, I don't know, but I think people are only just beginning to realise. Correction, the information has been there for some time, but the climate has not been favourably receptive to it until now.

So, cut down on red meat & save your own health & the planet. Don't & be responsible for everyone's declining health. Pretty strong & clear message, I think!

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