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Photo of the Day: Plant Food, Not Corn; Eat Plants, Not Meat!

CornThe above graphic was taken from a recently published article, “A hard look at corn economics — and world hunger.” As you can see, corn is not a “foodstuff,” but “industrial material.” And the majority of the crop becomes animal feed.

In a world where 842 million people are malnourished, should we really be using our limited land space and depleting resources (like water) on raising and feeding livestock? Consider:

“Take corn, and add in other giant crops that basically just feed animals—crops like soybeans, barley, hay, sorghum—and two-thirds of U.S. farmland goes to animal feed. […] The trick would be convincing the country—and other countries that import animal feed from the U.S.—to go vegan. […] Would it be enough to feed the 10 billion people the United Nations projects as global population by 2100? ‘We would have more land available for the 10 billion than they would know what to do with,’ says [Bruce] Babcock. But we don’t. Thank markets. ‘That’s not what consumers want,’says Babcock. ‘As they get more money, they want to eat meat.'” — Dan Weissmann, “A Hard Look at Corn Economics — And World Hunger”

 

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About The Paw Report

I graduated from St. John's University School of Law in 2012, and am admitted to practice law in New York State. I was a member of the New York City Bar Association's Animal Law Committee for three years. I was born and raised in Rhode Island, but moved to New Mexico when I was 18. After dabbling in film for two years, I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Anthropology. I've been living in New York City since 2008, and currently reside in Brooklyn with my boyfriend and our two cats. I am a former organizer with Direct Action Everywhere - New York City.

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5 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: Plant Food, Not Corn; Eat Plants, Not Meat!

  1. Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

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    Posted by Nancy | October 16, 2014, 7:18 pm
  2. I have just recently become vegan and so appreciate your blog for your honesty and helpful information. I am following you now!

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    Posted by writersdream9 | October 16, 2014, 7:58 pm
  3. Hey Rae,
    Informative post. Thank you. I am wondering if the corn that is exported from the states to other countries, like Brazil perhaps, is used to feed cows that are then exported back to the States. Do you know?

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    Posted by Anne Elizabeth McGuigan | October 17, 2014, 7:55 am
  4. Sorry Rae, I am testing out an issue that I am having with post comments on blogs/ website. Feel free to delete it if it manages to get thru.

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    Posted by Anne E. McGuigan | October 25, 2014, 5:12 pm

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