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The Secret Life of Beef (Video)

Do you know how much of an impact we can make on the environment by just changing our eating habits? If every American cut out meat one day of the week, it would be the equivalent of taking eight million cars off the road. Eight million cars! Just by swapping out meat for delicious vegetarian meals — one day of the week.

One of most effective actions we can take against climate change is to reduce our consumption of factory farmed beef. Why? As the engaging video from INFORM (posted below) points out:

  • Livestock production produces one-fifth of all global greenhouse gases, more than all transportation sources combined.
  • It takes seven pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of hamburger.
  • Seventy percent of all antibiotic use in the U.S. is used in livestock production.

If cutting out beef sounds like too much of a sacrifice, watch the video and learn about alternative and more sustainable meat companies. Unveil the secrets and use your consumer power to improve the health of your body and your planet.

INFORM has other great videos in this series: “The Secret Life of Paper” and “The Secret Life of Cell Phones.” You can find links to them here.

Also get some meat-free inspiration in some of the following recipe posts:
10 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes
Vegetarian Soups and Stews for Fall
1,001 Vegetarian Recipes – Book Giveaway!

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.

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8:25PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Intriguing, It says this video does not exist. Off YouTube? Went there as well and it is not available so I guess it was taken off line.
No matter, I will still eat beef, but only from non-factory farms as factory farms are cruel and also inefficient. They feed animals GMO crops, which are not species specific such as corn and wheat which is not what a herbivore eats naturally. The conditions are grim on factory farms and animals are given antibiotics and growth hormones. On an organic farm, they are pasture fed and do not live under grim conditions and for those of us who are omnivores, one needs to find an organic source. Factory farms are not environmentally friendly either.

7:47AM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

MY MOTHER WAS NOT A COW.

And thanks but no thanks, I'll keep on eating meat. I like vegetables too much to torture them.

7:31AM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

Cow are like our mothers providing us with milk. Hope people can stop eating beef and reduce the use of leather products. How can you use someone's skin to contain your stuffs?

12:59AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Go vegan

12:49AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

I hope this message spreads far and wide to awaken people to the awfulness of the beef industry. Go Vegetarian, save yourself and the planet.

7:05AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

thanks, but igot a message saying the video had been removed by the user. :(

5:54PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Factory/ industrial meat should be illegal across the US
It's sad & horribly wrong what is done to these poor animals

SHAME ON THE AMERICANS FOR ALLOWINGTHIS

11:22PM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

How difficult is to stop eat meat and dairy? Not at all! Trust me.
Let's stop this mass slaughter, poisoning our bodies and our children and polluting our (only) planet!
I really hope there is still a HOPE for mankind.

7:44AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

AGAINST FACTORY FARM

5:25PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

I'm vegan :)

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