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#1 Old 07-02-2012, 12:16 PM
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The sad part is most Americans probably know this and believe it, yet won't do anything about it. Doesn't this qualify as Einstein's definition of crazy?

 

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I find this implausible. 864 pounds of meat 2.36 pounds per day. That would probably be too much even if you ate nothing but meat. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization puts U.S. meat consumption at about 270 pounds per year, which I still find rather amazing (three quarter pounders a day?). (Source: Economist)

 

I tracked down the supposed source of the 864 pounds figure on VisualEconomics. It seems to be based on this page. The only way I could get an 864 pound figure is by adding all of the meats, cheeses, eggs, and non-cheese dairy products. The non-cheese dairy products are the majority -- 600.5 pounds. I'm really not sure what that is, though. Beverage milks are only 181 lbs, and cheeses are in their own category. I wonder where the other 419 lbs comes from.

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Oh cool, I follow Josh Tetrick on FB. He seems like a neat guy, I'm curious to try this Beyond Eggs product I keep hearing about.

864 pounds does sound pretty wonky, but I agree with the general message. I hope plant based products start catching on with the general public.

I mean, from what I've read you can use this Beyond Eggs stuff in baked goods and not only does it taste the same but it costs less. How cool would it be if the big companies decided it was more cost effective to stop using eggs? Good for us and good for the chickens smitten.gif

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Yeah, I think it's simply impossible to continue eating the amount of meat that we do without resorting to factory farming.  

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I was at the super Walmart today.  I saw a woman pushing a shopping cart that was full mostly of meat.  It was all kinds of meat which led me to believe that she was buying it for her family and not for like, the night shelter or something.  It blew my mind to see so much meat in a shopping cart.  It equaled the mass body weight of a few animals.  She was real pale and unhealthy looking.  Go figure.  
 

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I was at the super Walmart today.  I saw a woman pushing a shopping cart that was full mostly of meat.  It was all kinds of meat which led me to believe that she was buying it for her family and not for like, the night shelter or something.  It blew my mind to see so much meat in a shopping cart.  It equaled the mass body weight of a few animals.  She was real pale and unhealthy looking.  Go figure.  
 

Was it Mary Wharton?

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Was it Mary Wharton?

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Was it Mary Wharton?


Holy crap!!!  If you're bad you get reincarnated as their colon.. 

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Was it Mary Wharton?


What? No! I didn't want to believe this was real...D:

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I find this implausible. 864 pounds of meat 2.36 pounds per day. That would probably be too much even if you ate nothing but meat. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization puts U.S. meat consumption at about 270 pounds per year, which I still find rather amazing (three quarter pounders a day?). (Source: Economist)

I tracked down the supposed source of the 864 pounds figure on VisualEconomics. It seems to be based on this page. The only way I could get an 864 pound figure is by adding all of the meats, cheeses, eggs, and non-cheese dairy products. The non-cheese dairy products are the majority -- 600.5 pounds. I'm really not sure what that is, though. Beverage milks are only 181 lbs, and cheeses are in their own category. I wonder where the other 419 lbs comes from.

IDK why advocates (of anything) use exaggerated figures (that don't even pass the smell test) to support their claims. Makes it real easy to discount anything else that comes out of their mouths.
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