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10 Things You Donít Want to Hear About Beef

10 Things You Donít Want to Hear About Beef
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Eating beef isn’t as manly or as patriotic as you think it is, and it definitely isn’t doing your health or the health of the planet any good.

Here are 10 reasons why you should skip the Big Mac and leave cows to get on with their own business:

1. Someone had to die for that steak (obviously). Beef is the flesh of a cow, and that cow was once a living, breathing, feeling individual that had a right to live free from pain and suffering. Cows are branded, have their horns cut off and males are castrated, all without anesthesia. At the slaughterhouse, they are shot with a bolt gun to the brain, hung upside down and their throats are slit. Many cows are still conscious throughout the process.

2. Dioxin. Beef contains worrying quantities of the toxic organic chemical dioxin which has been linked to cancer, ADD, immune deficiency, chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, birth defects and nerve and blood disorders. A single hamburger contains 300 times as much dioxin as the EPA states as an acceptable dose for an adult!

3. Beef is an inefficient use of grain. One third of the world’s grain harvest is used to feed cattle.†It’s not logical to grow grain to feed animals when there are an estimated one in every six people going hungry each day, and only a fraction of what we feed cows is actually turned into flesh that humans can eat. It’s much more efficient for grain to be consumed directly by humans.

4. Beef is a waste of water. Water is a precious resource and it’s wasteful and irresponsible to squander this for something we don’t need. It takes an average of 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef. There is no alternative to water so we cannot underestimate usage. If we run out, we cannot grow food or maintain vital life functions.

5. Beef is a pollutant. Factory farms and feedlots produce a massive amount of toxic waste that pollutes both the air and water. The feces, which is stored in huge lagoons, seeps into nearby waterways killing fish and destroying water quality. It also emits harmful chemicals into the air. Studies show that people living near factory farms have higher rates of miscarriage, neurological diseases and respiratory problems.

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7:33AM PST on Dec 7, 2013

Thanks for the article. I stopped eating meat about 35 years ago.

8:03AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

we eat local meat, and t is a treat, not the norm.

7:51AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

11:16PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Thank you. I don't really eat a lot of beef.

11:44PM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

Good to know

11:23PM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

Good post, thank you!

5:27AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

Very well said, I agree totally, I believe that not too far in the future people will look back on our meat eating habits and deem us barbaric, cruel and unfathomable .Eating beef demonstrates how backward the human race is regarding compassion, intelligence and the willingness to continue to sacrifice our environment in the name of over-eating and financial greed. Animal meat in big business!

10:40AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

GO GO VEGETARIAN!!!

9:44AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Am I glad to be veg, have non of these problems to think about but the first point is the most important, I don't want that some poor animal has to die for me

4:00AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Noted

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