The Smithsonian Magazine recently shared an article about how “on a calorie-to-calorie basis, potatoes, wheat and rice require two to six time less resources to produce than pork, chicken, eggs or dairy”. The claim that beef takes ten times more resources is shocking but the unseen is what is most concerning.
There doesn’t seem to be any thought given to these ‘farm’ animals diets. Factory farming feed is often the waste left over from other processing acts like soybean meal as its left over byproduct from pressing the oil out. The grains that are fed to animals are don’t simply line up with what we would find in a can of corn or on a cob at the grocers. Have you sever seen the giant ear of corn on some dent varieties?
All that aside there are other hidden factors that are being swept under the rug. The side of potatoes, rice, and wheat that we don’t see. We have all heard that potatoes and wheat are sprayed with poisons to shed the leaves or the arsenic used in rice production, but that’s not even it.
Potatoes, wheat and rice have likely produced more pounds of ungainly cellulite than the consumption of beef has. A ribeye steak on average has 857 calories. That’s a lot. A 255 gram bag of a popular name brand potato chips has 1428 calories per bag. Who can ingest only one?
Does anyone sit on the couch and eat a whole bag of ribeyes?
Every year in America 235 thousand people die from diabetes related deaths. Guns get blamed for being so dangerous to our society but the real killer is starch. The rate of obesity has grown alongside cheap farm subsidized starchy foods and is the silent killer waiting inthe corner of your kitchen waiting to strike.
Starchy carbohydrates lead to diabetes. They are everywhere that processed foods are, all along the inside aisles of the grocers shelves. The Smithsonian’s initial implication suggests that producing beef is resource extensive but how extensive is burying 235 thousand diabetic overweight and unhealthy people? That’s just those that die from diabetes, and not just all unhealthy consumption of potatoes, rice, and wheat.
How much of a carbon footprint does it take to ready that many people for a funeral? To prepare them for burial? To treat them while they have diabetes to try and stave off their imminent demise.
Lets also not forget about the throngs of folks waiting inline at the doctors office wearing stretchy pants. While meat is calorically intense and resource dependent originally it is less likely to give you diabetes and be one of the 30 million Americans that have the diabetes.