New video debunks the myth about water usage in beef production

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewI can’t believe that the mouth breathers that start nonsense like this think we are totally stupid.

Water is not “used” in the sense of being created or destroyed. There is a fixed amount of water in the hydrologic cycle. 97% of the water on earth is in the oceans. The other 3% is distributed between ground water, water in rivers, lakes and streams, and water in living organisms.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualSo the “problem” is one of quality, not quantity. The free market would easily take care of that problem (through its price rationing mechanism) if it were allowed to do so. The real problem is that water has been too cheap for too long thanks to government price controls. — jtl, 419

By Amanda Radke in BEEF Daily

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersIn a new video, sustainability researcher Jude Capper debunks the myth that it takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of hamburger.

Although the Meatless Monday trend appears to be waning a bit, the misconception that eating a burger is bad for the planet must be addressed. And it’s particularly pertinent these days in light of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendation last week to avoid red meat for sustainability reasons.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)According to a checkoff-funded website, Facts About Beef, “It takes 441 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of boneless beef. Farmers and ranchers are committed to water conservation and have reduced the amount of water used to raise beef by 12% compared to 30 years ago.”

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits    Combat Shooter's HandbookIn addition, a recent Meat Mythcrushers video from the American Meat Science Association addresses the misconception that beef production is a huge waste of water.

The video features Jude Capper, a sustainability researcher, who debunks the myth that it takes a whopping 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef. While that figure may have been accurate 40 years ago, with today’s sustainable and efficient beef production system, it truly only takes 441 gallons of water to produce that pound of burger.

More than that, Capper says the most sustainable beef choice is corn-finished beef, which is good news for ranchers raising conventional beef. This information might be confusing for consumers led to believe that natural, grass-fed and organic are the best choices for their health and the health of the planet. However, the efficiencies of corn-fed beef are indisputable.

Watch the following video and let me know what you think in the comments section below. Be sure to share today’s blog on your social media outlets, as well. To view other Meat MythCrusher videos, click here.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of or the Penton Farm Progress Group.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View

edited by

Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume

Is now available in both PAPERBACK and Kindle

BookCoverImageMurray N. Rothbard was the father of what some call Radical Libertarianism or Anarcho-Capitalism which Hans-Hermann Hoppe described as “Rothbard’s unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.”

This book applies the principles of this “unified moral science” to environmental and natural resource management issues.

The book started out life as an assigned reading list for a university level course entitled Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View.

As I began to prepare to teach the course, I quickly saw that there was a plethora of textbooks suitable for universal level courses dealing with environmental and natural resource economics. The only problem was that they were all based in mainstream neo-classical (or Keynesian) theory. I could find no single collection of material comprising a comprehensive treatment of environmental and natural resource economics based on Austrian Economic Theory.

However, I was able to find a large number of essays, monographs, papers delivered at professional meetings and published from a multitude of sources. This book is the result. It is composed of a collection of research reports and essays by reputable scientists, economists, and legal experts as well as private property and free market activists.

The book is organized into seven parts: I. Environmentalism: The New State Religion; II. The New State Religion Debunked; III. Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; IV. Interventionism: Law and Regulation; V. Pollution and Recycling; VI. Property Rights: Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain; and VII. Free Market Conservation. It also includes an elaborate Bibliography, References and Recommended Reading section including an extensive Annotated Bibliography of related and works on the subject.

The intellectual level of the individual works ranges from quite scholarly to informed editorial opinion.


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Land and Livestock International, Inc. is a leading agribusiness management firm providing a complete line of services to the range livestock industry. We believe that private property is the foundation of America. Private property and free markets go hand in hand—without property there is no freedom. We also believe that free markets, not government intervention, hold the key to natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. No government bureaucrat can (or will) understand and treat the land with as much respect as its owner. The bureaucrat simply does not have the same motives as does the owner of a capital interest in the property. Our specialty is the working livestock ranch simply because there are so many very good reasons for owning such a property. We provide educational, management and consulting services with a focus on ecologically and financially sustainable land management that will enhance natural processes (water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics) while enhancing profits and steadily building wealth.
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