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Grazing cattle is less efficient than growing crops, discuss this point.

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Grazing cattle is less efficient than growing crops, discuss this point. "The beef in just one Big Mac represents enough wheat to make five loaves of bread." This just shows that growing wheat is more efficient than grazing cattle as the five loaves lasts, on average for a family of four, about three weeks whereas a Big Mac only lasts one person a matter of ten minutes, if that! In this essay I am going to discuss whether or not grazing cattle is less efficient than growing crops. There are many perspectives to this argument. From a biologists point of view, plant foods are far more energy efficient than animal products because when you eat meat, a vast amount of energy is lost through the food chains, whereas when you eat plant foods such as wheat, no energy is previously lost because plants are the producers of the food chains. ...read more.

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Another point of view of vegetarians and animal rights supporters is that grazing cattle just for food is inhumane as the animals then have to be killed. Vegetarians also are concerned with the matter of space, "It takes ten times as much land to maintain a carnivorous diet than to support a vegetarian one." On a farmer's perspective, they could argue on both sides; crops are less expensive to grow and growing them is more space efficient than grazing cattle, however grazing cattle is less work for the farmers. A cow grazing in one acre of land produces enough meat to sustain a person for two and a half months; however soybeans grown on that same one acre would nourish a person for seven years. ...read more.

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However, as over half the population do not eat much wheat, soybeans or corn, it would be pointless to cut down the amount of cattle being raised. On the other hand, the amount of grain that is needed to end extreme hunger is 40 million tonnes and the amount of grain fed to the animals in the West is 540 million tonnes, so therefore, reducing the amount of cattle being bred would put a stop to human starvation and hunger. In my personal opinion, I agree that the statement is debatable. I agree that in an ideal world animals would not be slaughtered purely for food, however, because meat is easily digestible, it is an easy way for us to get the energy we need. Humans, unlike cows, do not have four stomachs so would find it incredibly difficult to, for instance, digest grass, which is the producer of the energy. ...read more.

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