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Your Food For The Future: Meat Cut Backs

by: Yvonne Doff
your food for the future  meat cut backs | Newsletter

Eighteen arguments for eating meat exposed. Hard to believe for those connected to eating and producing meat, but the evidence for the plant-based diet is undeniable. Whether you are worried about animal welfare, the environment, or your health, scientific research shows that meat-free foods are the best. Millions of people already use fewer animal products.

Your Food For The Future: Meat Cut Backs

Naturally, livestock farmers and meat lovers fight back. They say avocados are worse than beef. And what about the bee-massacring almond production? And on top of that, we are now dealing with the coronavirus. According to the world's top biodiversity scientists, there are even more deadly pandemics on their way, unless we put a halt to ecological devastation.

Food is an essential part of our culture, but there is no perfect diet. But the evidence is indisputable: whatever diet you choose, it will contain less red meat and dairy than the regular western foods. That’s for two reasons:

  • First, the excessive consumption of meat causes diseases, with about $285 billion spent each year on the treatment of infections caused by eating red meat alone.
  • Second, eating plants is far more efficient than feeding the plants to animals and then eating them.


                                            How to Eat Less Meat in 2020 | Melissa Clark | NYT Cooking


Recommended: Bio-industry: What Makes Us Eat Corrupt Meat

What about all the arguments in favor of meat-eating? Let's explore by starting with the following:

Food For The Future: Grass-fed Beef Is A Low Carbon

This statement is only valid in comparison with intensively reared meat linked to the destruction of forests. Research shows that grass beef uses more land and produces more - or at best comparable - emissions because the grain is more natural for cows to process and intensively reared cows live less long. The emissions of even the best beef are still many times higher than those of beans and legumes. There's more. Joseph Poor of Oxford University claims that if all the world's meadows were reintroduced into natural vegetation, greenhouse gases corresponding to about 8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide would be removed each year. That is about 15% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions.

Cows, meadow, rocks, woman
Photo by Xavier von Erlach. 

Meet cutbacks?: Cattle are climate-neutral 

Methane is a solid greenhouse gas, and ruminants generate a lot of it. But it only stays in the atmosphere for a relatively short time: half of it is degraded in nine years. As a result, some claim that preserving the world's cattle herd at its current level - around 1 billion animals - will not warm the planet up. Focusing solely on methane is not going to get rid of the unbridled deforestation by cattle ranchers in South America. Even if you entirely ignore methane, Poore says, animal products still generate more CO2 than plants.

Recommended: Food Future: Serving Lab-Meat In Restaurants Reality?

Grow grass for sheep and cattle

According to NFU-president, Minette Batters, 65% of the British land is exclusively fit for grazing cattle, and we have the right climate to produce high-quality red meat and dairy. But Marco Springmann of the University of Oxford says that that argument will not reduce global warming. His work demonstrates that a transition to a predominantly plant-based flexitarian diet would release both pasture and arable land. You can use the field to grow trees and lock up carbon. Provide an area for reclaiming and restoring nature and grow bioenergy crops to replace fossil fuels. It could become food for people, which leads to an increase in the self-sufficiency in grains.

sheep, buiding, grass
Photo by Monty Allen.

Recommended: Vegan Food: About Money And Dairy, Cattle Industry Collapse

Grazing livestock helps store carbon in the ground

This is true. The issue is that even in the very best cases, this carbon storage only compensates 20%-60% of the total emissions from grazing livestock. Moreover, according to research, this carbon storage will reach its peak within a couple of decades, while the problem of methane emissions persists.

Recommended: CO2 Footprint Food: Focus On What You Eat, Not If It Is Local

More wildlife in the meadows than in monoculture areas

It's possibly true. However, the high herd density means that pastureland is worse for wildlife than natural land. Consuming less meat means less destroying wild places, and cutting meat would also liberate significantly more grassland and arable land that can be returned to nature.

birds, grass, flowers
Photo by Simon Godfrey.

Animals are needed to transform food into a protein that humans can eat

There is no lack of protein, seeing in rich countries they eat 30-50% more proteins than we need. But we don't need animals for it, since we can extract proteins from plant products, such as lentils, beans, whole grains, and nuts.

What about tofu and soya milk destroying the Amazon?

It's not true. More than 96% of Amazonian soya is fed to pigs, chickens, and cows around the world, according to information from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, says Poore. Soymilk also has much lower emissions and much more economical use of land and water than cow's milk. If you are anxious about the Amazon, not eating meat remains is the best option.

Recommended: Brazil Is Burning For Your Beef: Amazon’s Nature, Our Luxury

Production of almond milk is the slaughter of bees and turning land into a desert.

The production of some almonds could lead to environmental problems, due to the rising demand in specific areas, like California. But it has nothing to do with what almonds need to grow. Farmers raise bees, like six-legged livestock. The bees that die in California are not wild insects; farmers raise them. But, just like soya milk, almond milk still has lower carbon emissions and lower soil and water consumption than cow's milk. Are you looking for an alternative? Pick oat milk, which has the smallest environmental footprint.

Recommended: Robot Bees Are All The Buzz: Bees In Decline

Avocados cause dryness in some areas

The problem is the high growth rate of production in certain areas, such as Peru and Chile, which do not have prudent water use controls. It's worth mentioning that avocados cause four times fewer emissions than pork, three times less than chicken, and twenty times less than beef.

Recommended: Curbing Plastic Waste By Tattooed Avocados

Quinoa Tree Damages Poor Farmers In Peru And Bolivia

Quinoa is fantastic, but it hasn't been taken away from poor people. The quinoa boom raised the farmers' income.

What about palm oil that devastates rainforests and orangutans?

Unfortunately, palm oil plantations have indeed resulted in terrible deforestation. It is a problem for everyone, not only for the vegans. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature states says that the choice for sustainably produced palm oil is, in fact, a positive one because other oil plants take up more land. Poore doesn't agree. "We are leaving millions of acres a year of oilseed land around the world, including rapeseed and sunflower fields in the former Soviet regions, and traditional olive plantations."

Your Food For The Future: Healthy Questions Answers

Vegans don’t get enough B12

A vegan diet is overall very healthy, but doctors have warned of the possible lack of B12, which is an essential vitamin for brain function found in meat, eggs, and cow's milk. Taking a supplement can help this problem.

Plant-based alternatives to meat are unhealthy.

Is the plant-based burger junk food? "If the salt concentration is high, it could be very unhealthy," says Springmann, "but a meat burger is still worse." Moreover, replacing a meat burger with a vegetable alternative is certainly less harmful to the environment. You could say we overeat processed food, but that applies to both meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans.

Vegetables and fruits are not vegan because they depend on animal manure as fertilizer.

Not true. We do not have to rely on animal dung. There are enough synthetic fertilizers made from the nitrogen in the air and plenty of organic fertilizer available. Overfertilization does cause problems with water pollution in many parts of the world. But this applies to both compost and manure and is the result of poor management.

Vegan diets kill millions of insects.

There are indeed fewer insects in the world, but it's not only due to the meat-eaters. Almost everyone eats almonds, avocados, etc. If you are anxious about the insects, you could opt for a plant-based organic diet.

bee, plant
Photo by Martin Sepion.

Telling people to eat less dairy and meat is a negation of vital nutrition for the poorest people in the world.

Springmann says that a "planetary health diet" would improve nutrition in all regions, even the more impoverished areas where starch-rich foods currently dominate diets.

The emissions from transport mean that eating plants from all over the world is much worse than eating local meat and dairy.
Almost all food shipped over long distances is transported by ships, which can handle massive loads and are therefore pretty efficient. For example, emissions from shipping for avocados crossing the Atlantic Ocean are about 8 percent of their total footprint. Air transportation leads to high emissions, but very little food is shipped in this manner.

All livestock farmers would be unemployed if the world were meat-free
Taxpayers' money subsidizes worldwide livestock farming - unlike vegetables and fruit. What if you use that money for many sustainable foods such as nuts and beans? But also, to pay other services, like restoring the wildlife, capturing carbon in the pasture lands, cleaning water, etc.? You can say, food is difficult. Of course, we want to continue farming and eating as we do now, the proof is quite clear that consuming less meat and more plants is very good for our health as well as for the planet.

Before you go!

Recommended: Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States.

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The emissions of even the best beef are still many times higher than those of beans and legumes. There's more. Joseph Poor of Oxford University claims that if all the world's meadows were reintroduced into natural vegetation, greenhouse gases corresponding to about 8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide would be removed each year. That is about 15% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions. Photo by Xavier von Erlach.  Meet cutbacks?: Cattle are climate-neutral  Methane is a solid greenhouse gas, and ruminants generate a lot of it. But it only stays in the atmosphere for a relatively short time: half of it is degraded in nine years. As a result, some claim that preserving the world's cattle herd at its current level - around 1 billion animals - will not warm the planet up. Focusing solely on methane is not going to get rid of the unbridled deforestation by cattle ranchers in South America. 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Recommended:  Vegan Food: About Money And Dairy, Cattle Industry Collapse Grazing livestock helps store carbon in the ground This is true. The issue is that even in the very best cases, this carbon storage only compensates 20%-60% of the total emissions from grazing livestock. Moreover, according to research, this carbon storage will reach its peak within a couple of decades, while the problem of methane emissions persists. Recommended:  CO2 Footprint Food: Focus On What You Eat, Not If It Is Local More wildlife in the meadows than in monoculture areas It's possibly true. However, the high herd density means that pastureland is worse for wildlife than natural land. Consuming less meat means less destroying wild places, and cutting meat would also liberate significantly more grassland and arable land that can be returned to nature. Photo by Simon Godfrey. Animals are needed to transform food into a protein that humans can eat There is no lack of protein, seeing in rich countries they eat 30-50% more proteins than we need. But we don't need animals for it, since we can extract proteins from plant products, such as lentils, beans, whole grains, and nuts. What about tofu and soya milk destroying the Amazon? It's not true. More than 96% of Amazonian soya is fed to pigs, chickens, and cows around the world, according to information from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, says Poore. Soymilk also has much lower emissions and much more economical use of land and water than cow's milk. If you are anxious about the Amazon, not eating meat remains is the best option. Recommended:  Brazil Is Burning For Your Beef: Amazon’s Nature, Our Luxury Production of almond milk is the slaughter of bees and turning land into a desert. The production of some almonds could lead to environmental problems, due to the rising demand in specific areas, like California. But it has nothing to do with what almonds need to grow. Farmers raise bees, like six-legged livestock. The bees that die in California are not wild insects; farmers raise them. But, just like soya milk, almond milk still has lower carbon emissions and lower soil and water consumption than cow's milk. Are you looking for an alternative? Pick oat milk, which has the smallest environmental footprint. Recommended:  Robot Bees Are All The Buzz: Bees In Decline Avocados cause dryness in some areas The problem is the high growth rate of production in certain areas, such as Peru and Chile, which do not have prudent water use controls. It's worth mentioning that avocados cause four times fewer emissions than pork, three times less than chicken, and twenty times less than beef. Recommended:  Curbing Plastic Waste By Tattooed Avocados Quinoa Tree Damages Poor Farmers In Peru And Bolivia Quinoa is fantastic, but it hasn't been taken away from poor people. The quinoa boom raised the farmers' income. What about palm oil that devastates rainforests and orangutans? Unfortunately, palm oil plantations have indeed resulted in terrible deforestation. It is a problem for everyone, not only for the vegans. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature states says that the choice for sustainably produced palm oil is, in fact, a positive one because other oil plants take up more land. Poore doesn't agree. "We are leaving millions of acres a year of oilseed land around the world, including rapeseed and sunflower fields in the former Soviet regions, and traditional olive plantations." Your Food For The Future: Healthy Questions Answers Vegans don’t get enough B12 A vegan diet is overall very healthy, but doctors have warned of the possible lack of B12, which is an essential vitamin for brain function found in meat, eggs, and cow's milk. Taking a supplement can help this problem. Plant-based alternatives to meat are unhealthy. Is the plant-based burger junk food? "If the salt concentration is high, it could be very unhealthy," says Springmann, "but a meat burger is still worse." Moreover, replacing a meat burger with a vegetable alternative is certainly less harmful to the environment. You could say we overeat processed food, but that applies to both meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. Vegetables and fruits are not vegan because they depend on animal manure as fertilizer. Not true. We do not have to rely on animal dung. There are enough synthetic fertilizers made from the nitrogen in the air and plenty of organic fertilizer available. Overfertilization does cause problems with water pollution in many parts of the world. But this applies to both compost and manure and is the result of poor management. Vegan diets kill millions of insects. There are indeed fewer insects in the world, but it's not only due to the meat-eaters. Almost everyone eats almonds, avocados, etc. If you are anxious about the insects, you could opt for a plant-based organic diet. Photo by Martin Sepion. Telling people to eat less dairy and meat is a negation of vital nutrition for the poorest people in the world. Springmann says that a "planetary health diet" would improve nutrition in all regions, even the more impoverished areas where starch-rich foods currently dominate diets. The emissions from transport mean that eating plants from all over the world is much worse than eating local meat and dairy. Almost all food shipped over long distances is transported by ships, which can handle massive loads and are therefore pretty efficient. For example, emissions from shipping for avocados crossing the Atlantic Ocean are about 8 percent of their total footprint. Air transportation leads to high emissions, but very little food is shipped in this manner. All livestock farmers would be unemployed if the world were meat-free Taxpayers' money subsidizes worldwide livestock farming - unlike vegetables and fruit. What if you use that money for many sustainable foods such as nuts and beans? But also, to pay other services, like restoring the wildlife, capturing carbon in the pasture lands, cleaning water, etc.? You can say, food is difficult. Of course, we want to continue farming and eating as we do now, the proof is quite clear that consuming less meat and more plants is very good for our health as well as for the planet. Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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