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Red meat or a Hummer

Editor's note: Fourteen year old Tanner CheIiak of Winnipeg presents a compelling argument in favor of consuming more low-end proteins and less red meat. To produce one pound of beef, 10-15 pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water are required, and 10-20 times more energy than is required to produce one pound of grain.
Dear Editor:
Is eating red meat as bad as driving a Hummer?
The world's 1.3 billion cattle produce 100 million tons of methane gas each year.
Methane is said to be 20 times a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
It takes 10 to 15 pounds of grain and up to 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef but only 25 gallons of water to produce a pound of grain.
70-75 per cent of the North American grain crop is consumed by livestock.
One third of the fish caught in the world are fed to livestock.
The U.S. unloads two billion tons of untreated cattle sewage directly into the environment every year.
Meat production uses 10-20 times more energy than grain production which means extra carbon dioxide.
The U.S. imports over 300 million pounds of beef from Central and South America each year. Cattle production is the leading cause of rainforest destruction in these areas.
If in North America we reduced our meat production/consumption by 10 per cent, we would free up enough grain to feed up to 100 million people.
Do something before it's too late.
Tanner Cheliak
Winnipeg, Man.

Tanner Cheliak, Winnipeg, Man.

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