Eating Meat: My Research & Thoughts

I just spent 4 hours listening to the Blinks of the books below.  I am going limit my meat intake big time for good.  The list of negatives is just too long to keep eating meat when their are so many healthy substitutes.

One thing I do love is sharing food with a friend who thinks of them self as a chef or a host family. So when someone cooks for me and insists, I’ll make an exception and eat red meat with them.

Besides that, I’m off red meat for the rest of 2017 for sure.  The only way I would make it part of my diet again is if I can really verify where it comes from. I have some more research to do on fish on chicken, but I’m going limit those to 1 meal per day only if it’s a special meal in a great restaurant.  When it comes to breakfast and quick lunches, I’m going veggie.

Stats from all 7 books:

– 2010- 55 billion chickens, 3 million turkeys and ducks, 1.4 billion pigs, and 300 million cows. Most of these are done in out of sight, unregulated, industrial large scale meat production factories.

– The weight of livestock in the US weigh the same amount as the entire human population.

– Confined animal feeding operations (CAFO)- they produce cheap meat.

– 2011- meat substitutes in US rose by 10%

– 99% of animals in US come from factory farms.

– According to UN 18% of greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock. Twice cars.

– By 2050 food for livestock could feed 4 billion people.

– 50% of China’s water consumption goes to animal farming.

– All cereal grain for feeding factory animals could feed 3 billion people.

– UN- 28% of land worldwide used to produce food that is wasted. Water from the food could satisfy the domestic needs of 9 billion people.
-UN-Humans eat over 70 billion animals each year.

-70% of the Amazon rain forest is cattle ranching.

-Food shortages would be reversed if we fed people with grains instead of animals. We could easily end world hunger.

-By not eating 1 lb. of beef, you save more water than not showering for an entire year.



1. Should we eat Meat

– High quality meat protein is essential for human development for many reasons. Iron is very important.

– Animals are chemically altered to meet demand and cut costs. More and more drugs make animal poop toxic and the cost of waste is another negative.

– Dairy and egg farming is much more efficient than meat.

– Most crops are grown for livestock consumption.

– Co2, nitrogen, nitrous oxide level have risen.

– Water- 1kg of feed takes 1000 liters of water. 1 US BROILER CHICKEN NEEDS 2000 liter of water per kg of meat. Pork is 4000 and beef is 15000 liter.

– Conclusion- Don’t stop eating meat all together, Eat less meat. Eat dairy, eggs, and fish. Produce it more rationally with less waste.

2. The Meat Racket

– This book is about Tyson Foods (biggest meat company in US)-not open or vocal about business practices.

– Vertical integration- all partners (farmers, distributors, etc.) placed control contractually. Tyson also makes farmer unionization almost impossible.

– Quantity over quality

– Great Depression and desperate farmers allowed Tyson to screw them in multiple ways.

– McDonald’s chicken McNuggets was largely because of Tyson. Nuggets use part of chicken that could never be sold as chicken.

– Chickenization- named after Tyson and copied by other big companies with pork and beef.

– Smithfield- won the hog industrialization battle

– Tyson bought Iowa beef processors (IBP) for $4.2 billion.

– Tyson is 5% of an average Americans grocery bill

– Not against anti-trust laws because beef and chicken are “different industries”

– Obama’s attempt to give power back to the farmers didn’t work. Tyson and the meat industry beat the government.

3. Farmageddon

– Water and air are polluted.

– Birds and bees are negatively effected.

– 1/3 of agriculture is dependent on bees for pollination.

– Easiest way to save water is to cut meat consumption.

– 50 million people fell into poverty in 2010 because stock investors bought up grains for speculation.

– Genetically modified crops

– Modifying and cloning animals is unnatural.

– Reducing food waste and stopping factory farming a the best fix.

– Buy more traditionally produced food. Look at the content and origin of meat.

– Good labels to buy- Certified humane, grass fed, pasture raised

– All natural and farm fresh don’t mean anything

– Milk and eggs- animal welfare approved.

4. Comfortably Unaware

– Global warming caused by methane, co2, and nitrous oxide. 40% of that methane from humans comes from livestock industry.

-Global depletion-when earth renewal and non-renewable resources start to disappear.

-Food shortages would be reversed if we fed people with grains instead of animals. We could easily end world hunger.

-By not eating 1 lb. of beef, you save more water than not showering for an entire year.

-Excessive fishing is not sustainable because fishing is not well regulated. Heavy bottom trolling is destroying ecosystems on the bottom.

5. Project Animal Farm

– very similar to EATING ANIMALS

– Meat production is globalized

– Slaughter inspectors don’t inspect well, and are often employees by the slaughterhouse which is a conflict of interest.

– Even free range farms aren’t regulated well.

– Small, ethical farms have emerged, but it’s very difficult for them to compete. Also the public policies are not effective.

– Consume less, return to pastoral farming, and regulate the industry more.

– Buy based on more than just price.

6. Eating Animals

– about animal cruelty. I would bet 90% of my money that a veggie wrote it.

– factory farms are not natural. Chickens could not live outside the factory farm, making them insane.

– Animals are tortured.

– Fish farms could destroy all sea life within 50 years.

– Bi-catch- when shrimping, 80-90% of weight caught is not shrimp. So it’s thrown back in dead.

– Workers in farms beat and torture animals.

– Meat companies are unethical and politically powerful.

– Factory farms do not pay for treatment of waste, new antibiotics, and especially for ethical treatment of animals.

– Meat makes us sick 😷. The world health organization thinks it will cause an influenza pandemic. Factory farms are breeding grounds for disease mutation.

– Pigs are smarter than dogs. All animals feel pain and fear.

7. Eat to Live. Dr. Joel Fuhrman

This book is out of place, but I listened to it…so I figured I might as well include it. lol.

-90% of calories from unrefined plant based food. Fruit in the morning and a salad of beans, peas, or broccoli for lunch. Only half a bagel or small cookie each day.

– Plant based, high nutrient diet. Greens, beans, and fruit.

-Eat 1 lb. and raw and 1 lb. and steamed veggies per day.  Seeds and nuts are also important, but in moderation and with exercise. 1 lb of beans or legumes per day.  4 fruits a day, mostly for people with sweet tooth.

-Sweetener, oil and salt should be avoided.

-Typical American diet-High calorie, low nutrient processed foods. Pizza, pasta, bread, potatoes & meat.

-Nutrients- vitamins, minerals, and water. Not many calories.

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