Meat accounts for 10 percent of American’s food spending. Eating plants in the place of the 200 pounds of beef, chicken, and fish every meat eater consumes annually, would cut individual food bills by an average of $4,000 per year!
If you drop red meat, poultry and fish from your diet, you’ll find plant proteins cheaper than the equivalent amount of animal protein. The cheapest cuts of beef, such as ground round, average $3 per pound in U.S. cities (lean and extra lean); boneless chicken breasts cost $3.40 a pound; and canned tuna is about $2 per pound. Contrast that with dried beans and lentils at less than $1 a pound and rice well below $1 per pound. (click here to read more)
I love the phrase, Pay the grocery or pay the Doctor, and though it’s difficult to tally the savings of illnesses or diseases avoided with a plant-based diet, the financial worth of good health is unquestionable.
Not only that, but expect American meat prices to rise to record levels this summer after producers reduced hog and cattle herds to the smallest sizes in decades as the result of surging feed costs linked to demands for more ethanol. The USDA figures, Wholesale pork jumped as much as 25 percent this month. Beef climbed 22 percent this year. Chicken’s gain in March was the most in 20 months.
So do what I do and start a “new shoe fund” with all your meat money.