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By: eric http://wannaveg.com/2007/04/16/earth-day-this-sunday/#comment-344 eric Thu, 19 Apr 2007 21:10:15 +0000 http://wannaveg.com/2007/04/16/earth-day-this-sunday/#comment-344 Paul, good questions! I assure you that after much research these are fact are correct, based on using averages. Please check out our reference page for the math and references on these numbers http://wannaveg.com/references/ <br /><br />For the example you cite on grain savings. The calculation is based on kg then converted to pounds. To get this calculation, I took 16kg(35lbs) (the average amount of meat saved by going veg one day a week) and multiplied it by 7kg (the amount of grain it takes to produce 1kg of meat) and came up with 246lbs/112kg of grain saved. I hope this helps to clarify, please let me know if you have any other questions. Paul, good questions! I assure you that after much research these are fact are correct, based on using averages. Please check out our reference page for the math and references on these numbers http://wannaveg.com/references/

For the example you cite on grain savings. The calculation is based on kg then converted to pounds. To get this calculation, I took 16kg(35lbs) (the average amount of meat saved by going veg one day a week) and multiplied it by 7kg (the amount of grain it takes to produce 1kg of meat) and came up with 246lbs/112kg of grain saved. I hope this helps to clarify, please let me know if you have any other questions.

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By: Paul http://wannaveg.com/2007/04/16/earth-day-this-sunday/#comment-343 Paul Thu, 19 Apr 2007 18:45:54 +0000 http://wannaveg.com/2007/04/16/earth-day-this-sunday/#comment-343 I would like to know where you got all your facts from? I work in the sustainability field and would love to know that these are indeed true facts. I eye them with suspicion until proven otherwise!! E.g. If I dont eat meat on a Friday, there are 52 Fridays in a year. If I usually eat a ham sandwich for lunch and beefburger or three for dinner and I give these up for one day a week, over the whole year how is it possible that 245lbs of grain is saved? Please prove me wrong I would love it! I would like to know where you got all your facts from? I work in the sustainability field and would love to know that these are indeed true facts. I eye them with suspicion until proven otherwise!!

E.g. If I dont eat meat on a Friday, there are 52 Fridays in a year. If I usually eat a ham sandwich for lunch and beefburger or three for dinner and I give these up for one day a week, over the whole year how is it possible that 245lbs of grain is saved?

Please prove me wrong I would love it!

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By: eric http://wannaveg.com/2007/04/16/earth-day-this-sunday/#comment-342 eric Thu, 19 Apr 2007 17:51:42 +0000 http://wannaveg.com/2007/04/16/earth-day-this-sunday/#comment-342 I got to thinking about your comment on health last night. Take a look at today's post and let me know what you think. I got to thinking about your comment on health last night. Take a look at today’s post and let me know what you think.

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By: eric http://wannaveg.com/2007/04/16/earth-day-this-sunday/#comment-339 eric Wed, 18 Apr 2007 21:54:37 +0000 http://wannaveg.com/2007/04/16/earth-day-this-sunday/#comment-339 Mincandescent, First off, thanks for posting. You have some great questions and I hope I can answer them to your satisfaction. Also, I think it's pretty cool that you are giving up meat one day a week. As you can see...it makes a difference. Now on to your questions. Q: "why are rain forests lost if I buy UK produced meat only(which I do)?" A: Good job on only buying meat produced in the UK. The amount of resources saved in transportation and refrigeration is significant. Buying local is always best. Unfortunately, most people still buy meat that come from foreign countries and many, if not all, "fast food" and chain restaurants buy meat from unknown sources. Most of the time their suppliers buy meat from countries where labor is cheap and land is plentiful...but the land is covered in rainforest. Basically, if everyone bought local like you do, never bought any food from fast food chains or corporate owned restaurants, rainforests would be in better shape. Q: "why is the slaughter of 10,000 million animals an environmental issue per se ? Only if the animals themselves are damaging the environment, and therefore shouldnt exist in the first place, which is the real issue." A: I completely agree with you on this. If the animals didn't exist, the support infrastructure behind it would not exist either. Considering that animal agriculture produces more global warming gases than all the cars and trucks on the planet, getting rid of them would be a huge help. The point to this statement is help alleviate the suffering of billions of sentient beings on factory farms. To your point, if the animals don't exist...they can't suffer. Q: "while on a personal level improving your health is a good thing, extending human life expectancy adds to the problem of the over population of the world, which increases demands on the earth’s limited resources." A: Again, we see eye to eye on this one. There are many factors that go into population growth and life expectancy. I am of the opinion that healthy people cost society less than unhealthy people. I do not think that health necessarily correlates to life expectancy though. I consider myself pretty healthy, but after work tonight I can get hit by a bus and killed on the way home. There are stories of people having heart attacks while they're running. This is a tough one...but I do agree that this planet can not support all its inhabitants, especially if everyone on it lives like western societies do. Future population growth is going to cause a tremendous strain on it for sure. Mincandescent,
First off, thanks for posting. You have some great questions and I hope I can answer them to your satisfaction. Also, I think it’s pretty cool that you are giving up meat one day a week. As you can see…it makes a difference. Now on to your questions.

Q: “why are rain forests lost if I buy UK produced meat only(which I do)?”

A: Good job on only buying meat produced in the UK. The amount of resources saved in transportation and refrigeration is significant. Buying local is always best. Unfortunately, most people still buy meat that come from foreign countries and many, if not all, “fast food” and chain restaurants buy meat from unknown sources. Most of the time their suppliers buy meat from countries where labor is cheap and land is plentiful…but the land is covered in rainforest. Basically, if everyone bought local like you do, never bought any food from fast food chains or corporate owned restaurants, rainforests would be in better shape.

Q: “why is the slaughter of 10,000 million animals an environmental issue per se ? Only if the animals themselves are damaging the environment, and therefore shouldnt exist in the first place, which is the real issue.”

A: I completely agree with you on this. If the animals didn’t exist, the support infrastructure behind it would not exist either. Considering that animal agriculture produces more global warming gases than all the cars and trucks on the planet, getting rid of them would be a huge help. The point to this statement is help alleviate the suffering of billions of sentient beings on factory farms. To your point, if the animals don’t exist…they can’t suffer.

Q: “while on a personal level improving your health is a good thing, extending human life expectancy adds to the problem of the over population of the world, which increases demands on the earth’s limited resources.”

A: Again, we see eye to eye on this one. There are many factors that go into population growth and life expectancy. I am of the opinion that healthy people cost society less than unhealthy people. I do not think that health necessarily correlates to life expectancy though. I consider myself pretty healthy, but after work tonight I can get hit by a bus and killed on the way home. There are stories of people having heart attacks while they’re running. This is a tough one…but I do agree that this planet can not support all its inhabitants, especially if everyone on it lives like western societies do. Future population growth is going to cause a tremendous strain on it for sure.

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By: Mincandescent http://wannaveg.com/2007/04/16/earth-day-this-sunday/#comment-338 Mincandescent Wed, 18 Apr 2007 20:48:03 +0000 http://wannaveg.com/2007/04/16/earth-day-this-sunday/#comment-338 I'm definately going to cut out meat one day a week, for the sake of the enviromnent, but I cant accept your 10 reasons as written - why are rain forests lost if I buy UK produced meat only(which I do)? - why is the slaughter of 10,000 million animals an environmental issue per se ? Only if the animals themselves are damaging the environment, and therefore shouldnt exist in the first place, which is the real issue. - while on a personal level improving your health is a good thing, extending human life expectancy adds to the problem of the over population of the world, which increases demands on the earth's limited resources. I’m definately going to cut out meat one day a week, for the sake of the enviromnent, but I cant accept your 10 reasons as written

- why are rain forests lost if I buy UK produced meat only(which I do)?

- why is the slaughter of 10,000 million animals an environmental issue per se ? Only if the animals themselves are damaging the environment, and therefore shouldnt exist in the first place, which is the real issue.

- while on a personal level improving your health is a good thing, extending human life expectancy adds to the problem of the over population of the world, which increases demands on the earth’s limited resources.

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