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thanx berrykat. I hope you don't mind I added some emphasis to your warning. that is a very shocking, disturbing picture.

I'm reading the article now. It's amazing, even when you know this stuff, to have it put into perspective like this... wow...

it hurts.

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Smithfield Foods, the largest and most profitable pork processor in the world, killed 27 million hogs last year. That's a number worth considering. A slaughter-weight hog is fifty percent heavier than a person. The logistical challenge of processing that many pigs each year is roughly equivalent to butchering and boxing the entire human populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Columbus, Austin, Memphis, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Charlotte, El Paso, Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Louisville, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Las Vegas, Portland, Oklahoma City and Tucson.
 

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Wow. I became veg for AR reasons, but I'm going to have to add "environmental issues" to the list of reasons why I don't eat meat. It is becoming blatantly clear that we can not sustain our population with an omnivore diet. We are destroying our home.
 

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"Forty fully grown 260-pound male hogs often occupy a pen the size of a tiny apartment." 260lbs. is a 6-month-old pig and still a baby. Fully grown--multiply lbs. by 2.5-3 and add 1.5 more years of life.
 

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It's really that article that finally pushed me to make the final decision to become a full vegetarian. I had been weaning myself off meat for a while now, but that was the article that got me off it entirely, and with no regrets.

What saddens me also about that all is that those farmers are endangering the health of vegetarians by getting their waste and pollution into plants and vegetation.
 

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Since I am an AR vegan too - enviromental issues have never been much of much interest for me but this article was really good and by good I mean sickening but enlightening. Thanks for sharing it berrykat.

(I had to read it twice because I really couldn't believe what I was reading)



And Congrats Calhoun07 for making the switch!!
 
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