Meat Eating

Ian Goddard (
Thu, 29 Jan 1998 05:29:31 -0500

At 06:14 PM 1/27/98 -0800, Anton Sherwood <> wrote:
>>Max M writes
>>If we would stop eating so much meat, we would loose a level
>>in the food chain. there would be more food and we would be healthier.
>Many of our beef cattle are grazed on land that would be useless for crops.

IAN: Well, hemp will grow in the worst soils,
and it will even raise the level of nitrogen.
Hemp seed is second only to the soy bean in
protein, and unlike the soy bean is not known
to be an allergen. Hemp seed oil is also high
in the varieties of fat that increase the
good cholesterol and decrease the bad, LDL.

As I understand, it takes 9 pounds of gain
consumed by a cow to yield one pound of meat.
Of course the meat may have a higher concen-
tration of protein than most grains, yet soy
and hemp are sufficiently protein rich to
meet and exceed human protein needs.

I did a report back in high school calculating
how much more food we would have if the food
that livestock ate was not devoted to feeding
animals born to be killed for human consumption.
I'd have to dig up that report to get the exact
numbers, but I recall that the amount of food
in the world would increase about 4X or more.
If I recall, almost 70% of grains grown go to
the feeding of livestock to support the
system of meat-eating mass murder.

I've been a vegetarian for 19 years without
any health related problems, and probably
many health related benefits, although it's
impossible to determine the bad health you've
avoided since you cannot be both the subject
and the control of your own experiment. But
studies suggest that a vegetarian diet is
far healthier than nonvegatarian diets.
And anything that is more healty and
more ethical is more extropian.

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