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a NY times article about meat consumption and its negative impact on our planet

This article brings up many good points about the negative impact of meat consumption. The full-article can be found here:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/we-could-be-heroes/

Here are some of the main points…

*the average american consumes around two hundred pounds of meat each year (most experts agree that the average american consumes 100+ pounds of meat per year).

* it takes 100 times more water to produce a pound of grain-fed beef than it does to produce a pound of wheat.  therefore, it is better to consume a plant-based diet, especially considering that less than 2% of the water on earth is clean enough to safely consume.

*around 45% of the land on earth is used for livestock production. forests are being cleared for grazing ground. trees are excellent absorbers of greenhouse gases. less trees mean potentially more greenhouse gases.

* heavy reliance on fossil fuels and phosphorous (both in short supply).

*the animals are given staggering amounts of antibiotics, a threat to public health.

* meat-consumption is linked to many diseases.

Cutting down on meat consumption seems to be the logical choice.

popular antibiotic azithromycin increases likelihood of death

A new study finds that a widely used antibiotic, azithromycin, may increase the likelihood of sudden death in adults, especially those who have heart disease or are at high risk for it.

Read more…

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/health/research/popular-antibiotic-may-raise-risk-of-sudden-death.html?_r=1&hp

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