[Houston Chronicle - opinion]
Although I do enjoy a good steak, I don't eat red meat all that often.
I'm beginning to think I never should again. The conclusions of a new
report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization are rather sobering. Among them:
-- 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.
-- Livestock generate 18 percent more greenhouse gas emissions as
measured in CO2 equivalent than transportation.
Yikes! One-fifth of the world's animals are born, nurtured and fed to
satisfy your appetite. They live on one-third of the planet. I've
never been interested in becoming a vegetarian, but I didn't realize
that our desire for meat appears to be having such a disastrous effect
on the planet.
In our modern society energy is essential. Given the choice between
driving a car to work and eating a steak, I would choose the former.
Eating meat seems like a luxury in comparison. I'll be eating less of