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Sunday
Oct092011

Let The Cows Eat Grass

Let The Cows Eat Grass

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) published an interview in their October 2011 issue of Nutrition Action with Robert Lawrence, director of the Center for a Livable Future and former director of Primary Care at Harvard Medical School. In the interview titled, “Fewer Cows, More Vegetables”, Mr. Lawrence says it takes 7 pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef and 840 gallons of water to grow that grain. He talks about the problem with the consolidation and concentration of how we raise animals for human consumption and the disposal of the animal waste, which he states used to be a rich source of organic fertilizer.

“We have lost [farming] diversity because of the large concentrations of row crops, particularly the corn and soybeans that feed the animals we eat. We have also come to rely more and more on fossil fuels to produce synthetic fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides.” (I assume he means we need these for the crops.) His solution – eat less meat!

Here’s a better solution – let the cows it grass. Let’s look at what this solution would accomplish. Replacing the corn and soybean fields with grass would not require nearly as much water and allow the cows to eat what they where meant to eat. No fossil fuels to make fertilizer for the crops. The cows will do a nice job at fertilizing the grass, eliminating the need to get rid of the waste. And by the way, not only will the cows be healthier by eating their natural diet and being out in the sunshine, humans will be healthier by eating their natural diet of quality meat raised in a natural humane environment.

For more information about the supposed benefits of eating less meat, read The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith.

 

 

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