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Hays Free Press September 22, 2010 BUSINESS Page 5D + Which is more ! sustainable pbocture in your mind the od ladder. Starting at the ottom nmg~ we have the most abundant and free source of energy on the planet, solar, which is consumed by plants (next rung) to make food ene~g~ which is consumed by animals (next rung) to make protein, which is consumed by man. Except in a few rare cases involv- ing bears, sharks, wild dingoes or cannibals, the food ladder ends with us humans. Each rung on the ladder rep- resents about a 10 percent loss of resources. The plants waste 10 percent of the sun growing things the animals won't eat The animals waste 10 percent of the plant by growing things like feathers, fur and bones that we won't eat- you get the picture. What does that innocuous 10 percent really look like? To produce a pound of wheat takes about 25 gallons of water, a lot of sun and less than an acre of land.Yet it takes 16 pounds of that wheat (plus soy) and 2,500 gallons of water fed to a cow to make one pound ofbee More than half our farmland and half our water consumption is currently devoted to the meat industry.. A 10-acre farm could feed 60 people growing soybeans, 24 people growingwheat, 10 people growing corn but only two producing cattle, accolding to the British group Vegfam. We eat most of our grain in the form of meat, 90 percent actually, which translates into 2,000 pounds of grain a year. In poorer countries, grain is consumed directly, skip- ping a rung in the laddeL "Imagine sitting down to an eight-ounce steak dinner," writes author Frances Moore Lappe in "Diet for a Small Planet," "then imagine the room filled with 45 to 50 people with empty bowls in front of them. For the'feed cost' of your steak, each of their bowls could be filled with a full cup of cooked cereal grains." We Americans don't often see the unappetizing effects of eating 260 pounds of meat per person, per year. We waste 90 percent of the carbs, fiber and plant protein by cycling grain through animals for SUSTAINABLE LMNG meat. Harvard nutritionist Ieah Mayer estimates that reducing meat consumption by just 10 percent in the O.S. would free enough grain to feed 60 milliop people. This year, about 20 rni~- lion people will starve to death this year, mostly children. We don't often see the hungry and malnourished in our cultalLre, so it's difficult to make that coO- nection when standing by theI grill waiting for your hamburger. Consider ways to replace mea~ for two or three main meals a week Marge Corriere, a Blooming Hill Farm customer, said recently:. "Treat meat like a condiment. Use just a small amount for a meal, much like they do in other countries." By eating lower on:the food chain, even just a few meals a week, we reduce our health risks for heart disease, obesi~, hypertension and colon (and i other) cancers, and save valuable resources that could be put to better uses elsewhere. "It boils down to a simple equation," says Alan Dumingv head of the Northwest Envi- roument Watch. "We currently consume close to our own body weight in natural resources i every day. These resources am extracted from farms, forests, fisheries, mines and grasslar~ds, all of which are essential to the health of the planet- and to the health of human beings." Adding more vegan meals to your diet, and treating animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) as condiments and using very little, improves your health and the health of the planet, i Shawn Dell Joyce is an award- winning columnist and founder of the WallkilI River School in Orange Count2z, N.Y. You can contact her at Shawn@Shawn- Dell]oyce.com. cmtar maz D ADWARE SPYWA E MALWARE VIRUS!S O ?:qSul trees Roea dn'llbaOn~a ! COMPI internet access) Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2010 Mfr. Rebates Available to Previous Owners Name Address Zip Emaif Home Phone No Check Enclosed ~ Charge credit card Credit Cara EXD. Dale Signature 3# Security Code __ Amount $ H~ 3 Years $74 2 Years $,50 t Year $28 Out of County Out of Stm 3 Years $99 $150 2 Years $66 1 Year $42 $54 Over 65? Take 10% offl Mail check and form to the address below to begin receiving the number one newspaper ~ Buda, KflC and surrounding communities, To schedule an appointment, call 512-694-1746 RDAY, 10 11 OO A.M. 2:00 P.M 2400 S. OLD STAGECOACH ROAD KYLE TICKETS: :$7 PER ADULT PLATE :$4 FOR CHILDREN UNDER 1 2 +