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Vegetarianism is a highly emotionally charged issue, no matter which side of the fence you're on.
Soy production has its problems, too, but the fact remains that the cost of mass producing cattle, poultry, sheep, and pigs is highly unsustainable due to our inefficient use of freshwater and land, along with soil erosion and heavy pollution from livestock waste. Your average quarter pounder, according to one Cornell University study, siphons 600 gallons of water, 1.2 pounds of feed grain, and 6 square feet of former prairie land—plus the loss of five times the patty's weight in topsoil—even before it gets slapped on a grill.
Becoming vegetarian, like the Shingles vaccine or Scientology, isn't for everyone. But if it's something you've considered, this step-by-step guide on weaning yourself off meat could be what you're looking for. But whether you view a heifer as something with hopes and dreams, or really tasty chow, be mindful of the Golden Rule: Don't be a jerk about it, either way. :: Zen Habits
Difficulty Level: Moderate