Why Brahma Burger?
Given our consumption based lifestyles, perhaps it's a good thing some of us eat meat. But if you want to save the planet without killing yourself here are a few things you should know:
- Some of the most significant benefits of a vegetable based diet include weight loss (obesity afflicts over 1/3 of North Americans), lowered blood pressure and a reduction in blood cholesterol.
- in addition, vegetarians have roughly 1/2 the incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes and colon cancer
- generally lower rates of rheumatoid arthritis, prostate cancer, and lower incidences of breast, lung and uterine cancers.
- Mad Cows? Can't say we blame them. . .but given what we know, we must be mad to be eating them!
- While there is no consensus as to the exact number of years a vegan diet will add to your life, there is agreement that a healthy vegan diet will increase the quality of those later years. Heck, a Brahma Burger would add to the quality of your life right now - so what are you waiting for?
- It takes between 2500-5000 gallons (9400 - 18,800 litres) of fresh water to produce a pound of beef, over 200 gallons of water to produce a quart of milk. Compare this to the 13.2 gallons of water each person needs to live on a daily basis. This does not account for the runoff from fertilizers, feedlots and slaughterhouses that contaminates both groundwaters, rivers and eventually lakes. (animal production is the leading cause of fresh water pollution across the USA). A vegetable based diet reduces this waste by a MINIMUM of 90%.
- Each hamburger made from foreign beef is responsible for the destruction of 55 square feet of rainforest.
- 30% of U.S. farmland is used as pasture for cattle. Cattle consume over 70% of all U.S. grain, and the overall percentage of agricultural land devoted to producing beef is between 60-70%.
- 1 acre of land will yield 165 pounds of beef. Or, better employed, it can yield 20,000 lbs of potatoes, 30,000 lbs of tomatoes, 10,000 lbs of grapes, 2,500 lbs of almonds, 45,000 lbs of sugarbeets or 50,000 lbs of strawberries.*
- Depending on your tastes and where you live, the average meal travels between 1,000 and 2,500 miles to your plate. The energy costs add up. Our commitment towards supporting local & seasonal organically grown produce reduces that by a substantial percentage.
- "Assuming (a steer) continues to eat 25 pounds of corn a day and reaches a weight of 1,250 pounds, he will have consumed in his lifetime roughly 284 gallons of oil." (New York Times Magazine, "Power Steer" by Michel Pollan, March 2003.)
- Poor land management and the pollution of major watersheds are only part of the story. Depletion of local plant and animal species, hormones and pollutants in water, oceans empty of fish, ocean reefs scraped and sterilized with nets, dolphins and whales garroted with driftnets. . .we are fast eating ourselves out of the only planet we own.
- Given the figures above, why is meat so affordable? Because it's subsidized in the order of several thousands of percent by U.S. taxpayers. How would you feel about fast food if it cost you $20.00 to 'fill up'? How do you feel about paying $15.00 everytime someone else decides to 'fill up'? Refraining from eating meat will lower your taxes and contribute to a more free market economy.
- We live in a world where we're shielded from the consequences of our actions. At Brahma Burger we're not going to ruin your appetite with frank and gruesome descriptions of how meat makes it's way to your table. But if you want more information, then please visit our links page.
The facts cited above represent only the smallest portion of the economic and enviromental havoc created by the meat industry. For further and more in depth reading on these topics, try these sites: Veggie.ca, Vegez.com, Vegetarian Society of Colorado, Meatjunkie, Madcowboy, & Earthsave*Crop yields quoted are conservative to average.