I recently saw a quote by John Robbins about the true cost of beef if it weren't subsidized. He writes...
"To produce one pound of beef, it takes 2,500 gallons of water, 12 pounds of grain, 35 pounds of topsoil and the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline. If all these costs were reflected in the price of the product without subsidies, the least expensive hamburger in the US would cost $35."
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine ran an equally interesting infographic in their Good Medicine Magazine.
What happens if the compelling dynamic for shifting lifestyle becomes economic rather than ethical?
Something to think about.