Presentation on theme: "Grass Agriculture By John Neil Conkle. What Well Cover What Makes Grass-Fed Special? How is it different from Grain-Fed? Economic Considerations Should."— Presentation transcript:
Animal Deaths Steven L. Davis, May 25 th, 2002 – 1.8 billion animal deaths estimated if 100% of US farmland was dedicated to grain – 1.4 billion animal deaths if half of land was pasture (with large herbivores), half grain Citation on my blog if youre curious
The Ugly Truth If we can eat it, it used to be alive.
Predicting Catastrophe A 1972 MIT study predicted the exhaustion of ALL copper, lead, mercury, natural gas, oil, silver, tin, tungsten and zinc by 2000. – Did that happen? In 1972, they estimated global reserves of 455 billion barrels untapped. Since then we have harvested 1 trillion barrels. Obviously they made some faulty predictions
Why Am I Telling You This? As Economic Pressures Rise, We Develop New Tech … And We routinely underestimate How Fast Your choice: Richer people, less babies, and more tech, or global enforced depression So Relax.
All decomposition created equal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methanogenesis
What We Covered What Makes Grass-Fed Special? – More efficient and healthier How is it different from Grain-Fed? – Less inputs, more humane Economic Considerations – Demand driven, possibly a growing market Should we eat meat? – Theres more important things to worry about
Further Reading: Good Calories, Bad Calories - Gary Taubes The Omnivores Dilemma Michael Pollan The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf Anything by Robb Wolf, really. The Limits of The Limits to Growth Reason.org Full citation list online at http://www.jnconkle.com/?p=121