Here's a snippet from the article:
But with growing fears over biofuels stealing from dinner plates to fill gas tanks, people are starting to wonder: How green are biofuels?
The media is looking for a scapegoat, someone to blame for rising crop prices. Their plan: bash biodiesel and other biofuels. I was unaware that going to war for oil, killing innocent people, and transporting that fuel all the way back to the U.S. was more eco-friendly. I must have missed that.
The biodiesel I run in my car is grown right here in Washington state, produced in South Seattle, and sold at a station a mile from my home. That's not eco-friendly? Sure, it takes resources to produce anything; however, nearly all electricity in Seattle comes from renewable energy, which is wonderful. That set aside, it still takes far less resources to produce my biodiesel than it would to buy oil dug up across the world and shipped here. (Not to mention the CO2 gasoline puts into the air.)
Anyway, my point is this: if you want to conserve resources, go vegan! Adopting a vegan diet is the best thing you can do for your health, the environment, and other life on this planet. Years ago I wrote an essay on my reasons for going vegan. I'll locate the paper and post it on my blog in the near future.
Eating lower on the food chain requires less resources. Makes sense, right? Instead of wasting so much agricultural land growing crops to feed to animals, why not just eat the crops directly yourself? Here's a visual comparison of the resources involved to support omnivore and vegan diets:
Omnivore: Raising crops -> housing animals -> feeding crops to animals -> slaughtering animals -> shipping animal byproducts
Vegan: Raising crops -> processing crops -> shipping crops
Note: you can also cut on the processing phase by buying whole foods and supporting your local farmers.
Consuming animals in today's society is completely unnecessary, and it's actually harmful to your health. So, if you decide to consume animals you're doing so based solely on taste.
I'll leave you with a final question: is eating animals worth wasting all those resources and contributing to the degradation of our planet?