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Jun 7, 2008 02:03 PM

Bittman says: eat less meat!

I thought some of you might find this talk by Mark Bittman at TED interesting and provocative. For those who don't read the NYT, he is a food writer, and this talk is his take on the far reaching cost of industrial meat production to human and environmental health, and the choices it should force us to think about and make.

This topic has been aired before, (also as per Michael Pollan) but I would be interested to know what you believe is the proper response to this issue, and what personal adjustments you have made to your own diets.

The fact that developing countries are demanding more and more meat in their traditionally plant based diets, the recent rising cost of food---gosh, where does it all end!

And what can we do?

PS there are a lot of really interesting non food talks on that site.

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  1. My husband and I are both vegan (30+ and 15+ years, respectively), not only for our health but for the health of the planet as well.

    1. Eat bugs.

      Insects (the original white meat) by Janet Raloff:

      Why not? We love anthropods in the form of lobsters and crabs.

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        1. re: jayt90

          Why - do their joints hurt?

          Just kidding - of course, you're right.

      1. I agree that Industrial meat is bad for us and the planet. However, 15% of our continental land masses are grasslands not suitable for cultivation. Grassfed beef is far better for you than the cornfed feedlot stuff, so try to eat better, grassfed beef (although if your wallet is like mine better = less because the cost is higher).

        Anyone who has ever eaten a home grown vine-ripened tomato knows that grocery store food (including 20 month old (at slaughter) beef, 6 week old chicken and poultry farmed eggs) doesn't taste like real food anymore, but there's well over 6 billion of us to feed and we really don't have much choice...unless we start making Soylent Green.