“Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler” (below) provides much food for thought (gristle for the noggin?). Seems we clearly need to take another look at meat.
Click on the charts to blow them up and we can begin to understand the impact of that chile con carne, burger or chicken wing.
Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler
A sea change in the consumption of a resource that Americans take for granted may be in store — something cheap, plentiful, widely enjoyed and a part of daily life. And it isn’t oil.
The two commodities share a great deal: Like oil, meat is subsidized by the federal government. Like oil, meat is subject to accelerating demand as nations become wealthier, and this, in turn, sends prices higher. Finally — like oil —
meat is something people are encouraged to consume less of, as the toll exacted by industrial production increases, and becomes increasingly visible.