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I'm not vegetarian just in case anyone was wondering. I have no anti-meat agenda. But it doesn't take much research to realize that not only is factory farming of beef unhealthy for cows and the humans who eat them, it's unsustainable in terms of the quantities of land, water, oil and grain it takes to raise such large animals this way.
Okay so RELAX you can have your hamburger. No-one needs to give up eating beef altogether, but it seems to me if we weaned our collective US meat-eating habits away from quite so much beef toward less high-impact meat like chicken and pork and at the same time concentrated on reforming factory-farming in favor of grass-fed operations, we'd be using less space for all that grain, less water to grow it and oil to transport it, and we'd be raising healthier, happier, tastier meat at the same time.
What's not to like?
I'm not an expert on this, I'm an artist. But it worries me how much water we're using. I eat beef once in a while. I like meat. I like water even more though and I'd hate for us to run out of it.
Frankly the thought of how much of it we're using apparently without thinking about whether the outflow is sustainable FREAKS ME OUT.
I know it's probably simplistic to think this system can change fast given the politics involved. But that doesn't mean it can't.
Not only does grass-fed beef take less water to raise (since the cows graze on grass not cultivated crops) it's obviously much healthier and yummier than grain-fed beef...
From her article about Grass-Fed Beef vs Factory Farming by
"It was only after World War II that the United States began confining cattle in factory farms. Until then, cattle grazed from birth to market on their native diet of grass—as they still do in most of Europe, South America and New Zealand. Because the cattle are raised in a natural setting and at a natural pace, they lead low-stress lives where the use of antibiotics and growth hormones is unnecessary."
"...When animals are 100% grass-fed, their meat has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and calories than feedlot meat. It’s also higher in omega-3 fatty acids, the healthy fats found in salmon and flaxseed, which studies suggest may help prevent heart disease and bolster the immune system. It also has more conjugated linoleic acid, which recent data indicate may help prevent breast cancer and diabetes, among other ailments. In addition, it contains more vitamin E, beta-carotene and vitamin C than grain-finished meat."
Less impact on the land, fewer resources, healthier cows, cheaper to raise (no hormones needed), tastier and better for you. Okay then. I don't know, it seems like a no-brainer to me but then I have a BFA in painting. Back to the studio, hey what's for lunch.