Ranching vs Farming

A rancher can grow 165 pounds of beef on one acre. A farmer can grow 20,000 pounds of potatoes on one acre. Over 1/2 of US farmland is used directly or indirectly for beef production (much of it is used to grow the food that cattle eat – 16 pounds for every pound of beef produced. Twenty-five gallons of water are required to grow a pound of wheat. Twenty-five hundred gallons are required to grow a pound of beef. “Fifty-five percent of all the antibiotics produced in the US are fed to livestock.” “In 1960, 13% of staphylococci infections were resistant to penicillin. In 1988, 91% were resistant.” – from “May All Be Fed” – suggested reading by John Robbins