Archive for December, 2008

Sunday Protein: Trillions of Farm Animals

Posted in MEAT POLITICS with tags on December 6, 2008 by chomposaurus

Imagine every soon-to-be-eaten cow, pig, goat and chicken currently alive waiting for you when you open the door in the morning. You would see trillions of animals. As someone who can barely imagine what a million of something looks like, I don’t think I can conceive of a trillion beasts. But it’s important to think about such numbers when considering why it’s important to eat “green” meat, and less of it.

I got this idea from the NYTimes article this week talking about the impact of rising meat consumption on the fight against global warming. These ideas have been discussed elsewhere, but this article uses more numbers to put a better perspective on it.

“I’m not sure that the system we have for livestock can be sustainable,” said Dr. Pachauri of the United Nations. A sober scientist, he suggests that “the most attractive” near-term solution is for everyone simply to “reduce meat consumption,” a change he says would have more effect than switching to a hybrid car.

Manure, flatus, refrigeration, transportation and feeding – all combine to make your daily meat less eco-friendly than the Ford Expidition you load up with ‘brauts for tailgating. So, in this case, less is more: eat less meat now to make sure the industry is sustainable and we won’t be eating too much tofurky on Thanksgiving or quorn at Christmas.

[Image by Matt Gardy]

The Top Chef “Bacon is a Vegetable” Shirt

Posted in Pork, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags , on December 5, 2008 by chomposaurus

Catching up on Top Chef this week (I missed last week’s during my preparation for the Thanksgiving face-stuffing), I noticed one contestant had a “Bacon is a Vegetable” shirt on. All should be encouraged to wear such fabulously paradoxical clothing, so you can purchase one at Diesel Sweeties. They also have the great bacon-toaster shirt pictured above.

Now that I’ve fully recovered from Thanksgiving, next week there will be a lot more meat on these pages.

The Meat Man

Posted in STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags on December 4, 2008 by chomposaurus

(From this isn’t happiness)