V, your food choices are moral choices from this viewpoint also.
Dammit, I'll not enjoy a big chunk of dead cow nearly as often and
likely not enjoy it nearly as much. Hell, after reading Pollan and all
the related stuff, and given that grass-fed is so damned
expensive....feh...perhaps ignorance is bliss, but unlike Cypher, I
don't think I can re re-inserted.....I think I tried that for too many
years by self-medicating and it didn't help.....usually.
Charlie, too hot to enjoy being out, so I'm torturing myself with some
"news"......and watching the thunderhead in the NW....
By Collin Dunn, Huffington Post. Posted July 1, 2008.
Summer is heating up, and all the pools, barbeques, lawn-watering and
the like that put our water use under the microscope, even more than it
is the rest of the year. But did you know that we all have a
Quite similar in concept to the carbon footprint, our water footprints
are defined as "the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce
the goods and services consumed by the individual, business or nation,"
by Waterfootprint.org. People use lots of water for drinking, cooking
and washing, but even more for producing things such as food, paper,
cotton clothes, etc. The numbers are staggering.
In the US, our water footprint is 2,500 cubic meters per capita, which
translates roughly to 660,430 U.S. gallons per person per year. Compare
that to 700 cubic meters per year per capita (184,920 gallons) in China
and 1150 cubic meters per year per capita (303,798 gallons) in Japan.
That's a lot of water down the drain at our hands.
This is apropos to Graham's discussion earlier about knowing what it
takes to "make" meat, and learning where it comes from; when you
consider that it takes about 1,916 gallons of water to produce one
pound of beef, it helps contextualize the impact of your meat-eating
Sure, we can all use less, buy less and consume less, which is easy to
say and hard to do, but breaking it down and considering these numbers
makes one simple food choice -- to eat less meat -- have much more
gravity. I'm not in to guilt-tripping anyone into a greener lifestyle,
but I encourage you to ask yourself this: Is having a big hunk of steak
really worth almost 2,000 gallons of water?