"We all know that everyone needs to eat, but we tend to overlook the fact that it’s not efficient to cycle grain though animals. The production of a pound of feedlot beef requires sixteen pounds of corn and soybeans. From the point of view of world hunger, if you feed corn and soybeans to livestock, you’re actually wasting most of the protein and other nutrients that you’ve grown. If you think about the vast numbers of people who are starving on our planet, it begins to look like a crime against humanity to take 80% of the corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. today and feed it to livestock. But that is exactly what we are doing, so we can have cheap meat. Cheap, that is, if you don’t count the human suffering that is and will be caused by climate deterioration, the cruelty to billions of animals, and the unmet food needs of hundreds of millions of people."
— The New Good Life, by John Robbins (via vegan-veins)