I love Michael Pollan's writing and attitude. Sure, I eat a hell of a lot more bacon and red meat than he does, but I admire his intelligence, writing skills and ability to generate publicity about the environment and real food. I'm looking forward to reading his new book, Cooked.
However, in an excerpt published today at Daily Beast, from an interview with Rachel Khong in Lucky Peach magazine, Pollan says:
"But meat has a tremendous carbon footprint: beef in particular because it takes so much grain to get a pound of beef. It takes about 15 pounds of grain to get 1 one pound of beef, and that grain takes tremendous amounts of fossil fuel—in the form of fertilizer, pesticide, farm equipment, processing, and transportation. All told, it takes 55 calories of fossil-fuel energy to get one calorie of beef. The average for processed foods is 10 calories of fossil fuel per calorie of food" - Michael Pollan
Why feed grain to beef cows? There's a reason they are made to consume grass! Of course the carbon footprint of a 100% grain-fed cow is immense. Put them out to pasture on real grassland!!
Michael, I like ya, but there is an alternative. It's called grass-fed beef.
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pphoto of Michael Pollan by Ken Light