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How the Midwest drought could help curb obesity

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-midwest-drought-corn-obesity-20120730,0,4122861.story

Veganism: What is Taught to Culinary Students

http://www.culinaryschools.org/yum/vegetables/

A Nation of Meat Eaters: See How it All Adds Up graphic

Such good information.  I especially love the graphic What it Takes to Make a Quarter-Pound Hamburger.

A Nation Of Meat Eaters: See How It All Adds Up

June 27, 2012

by ELIZA BARCLAY

As Allison Aubrey and Dan Charles reported today on Morning Edition, meat has more of an impact on the environment than any other food we eat. That’s because livestock require so much more food, water, land, and energy than plants to raise and transport. (Listen to the audio above for their conversation withMorning Edition’s Linda Wertheimer.)

Take a look here at what goes into just one quarter-pound of hamburger meat. (Mobile users: To see the images, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “View Non-Mobile Version Of This Story.”)

What It Takes To Make A Quarter-Pound Hamburger

Burger resources

Source: J.L. Capper, Journal of Animal Science, July, 2011.

Credit: Kevin Uhrmacher/Eliza Barclay/Jessica Stoller-Conrad/NPR

And that’s not even including the animal’s waste or the methane emissions from its digestion.

Still, there are fewer cows around these days: Beef consumption per person peaked in 1976, as Dan Charles reported on Tuesday.

But to be clear, if you look at the last century, meat consumption in the U.S. rose dramatically. It’s only in the last few years that it has begun to drop a bit.

U.S. total meat consumption, in billion pounds

U.S. total meat consumption, in billion pounds

Source: Earth Policy Institute

Credit: Angela Wong / NPR

Though meat consumption in the U.S. has dropped off slightly in recent years, at 270.7 pounds per person a year, we still eat more meat per person here than in almost any other country on the planet. Only the Luxumbourgers eat more meat than we do.

Meat Consumption, 2007

Sources: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010, Livestock and Fish Primary Equivalent, 02 June 2010, FAOSTAT on-line statistical service, FAO, Rome

As U.S. beef consumption began to decline in the 1970s, poultry began to rise quickly. A couple of years ago, chicken surpassed beef as our no. 1 meat of choice. Our consumption of pork has also risen slightly over the years.

U.S. meat consumption per person, in pounds

U.S. meat consumption per person, in pounds

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