Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment
The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to
promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community
and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful
From the Winter 1998 Newsletter
If We All Stopped Eating Beef
By Terry Sullivan
Millions would be spared from heart attacks, cancer and diabetes.
Millions more would no longer go hungry or die from malnutrition.
America's western range would come to life. Rivers and streams would reappear.
Native wildflowers and grasses would flourish. Cottonwood trees would shade the prairie
again, providing refuge for hundreds of thousands of native birds. Buffalo, elk, moose,
antelope, bighorn sheep and wild horses would graze on millions of acres of restored
Ancient forest ecosystems would recover in Central and South America. Similar
restorations would happen around the world.
Millions of people would enjoy better health and longer lives. Billions of dollars
would be saved because of lower costs for health care.
That and more would happen if we all stopped eating beef, according to
environmentalist Jeremy Rifkin in his book "Beyond Beef."
There are now more than 1.5 billion cattle on our earth, consuming enough grain to
feed hundreds of millions of people. It takes up to fifteen pounds of grain to produce one
pound of beef.
Cattle are wreaking havoc on the earth's ecosystems, leaving barren deserts on
four continents. Cattle waste from feedlots is a major source of groundwater pollution.
Every year cattle release 100 million pounds of methane into the air - a major cause of
Rifkin says eliminating beef from the diet of the human race is essential if we
are to have any hope of restoring our planet to health and feeding a growing population in
the twenty-first century.
Return to Winter 1998 Newsletter
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