Thursday, February 16, 2006

..and walk away from meat.


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As I walked along the street today I thought it sad indeed,
That half the world is hungry When there isn't any need.
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We've food for all the world and more, Enough for all to eat,
But this food is being wasted Raising animals for meat.
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Perhaps some folk don't realize; As many others do
That eating meat's a wicked waste, And so polluting too.
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It's highly inefficient To grow crops for stock to eat
For it takes 10 kilograms of food To get back one in meat
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Five hundred and forty million tonnes Of soya, maize and wheat
Are fed each year to animals For Westerners to eat.
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And much of it's from nations That aren't affluent or wealthy,
It's grown in countries where the folk Are starving and unhealthy.
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Do you realize how much water Is required if you eat meat?
One hundred thousand litres For each kilogram you eat!
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So as well as wasting precious food You're worsening the drought,
And six hundred litres of methane gas Each day, a cow put's out.
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So you're causing global warming And you're causing acid rain.
You're destroying precious forests, And eroding the terrain.
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So next time you wander down the street And feel the need to eat
Remember what it costs the Earth And walk away from meat.
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-- By Jenny Moxham --