This is such an important subject, simply because if you don’t eat meat, or if you eat less meat, you’ll be less healthy than you would have been otherwise.
There is huge money going into the demonisation of eating meat, and it’s going to do a lot of harm to a lot of people if the correct information isn’t spread.
ANIMAL AND PLANT AGRICULTURE IS — AND NEEDS TO BE —INTERTWINED
It isn’t about one vs the other, it’s about improving both
As a species, we didn’t evolve to eat meat; we evolved because we ate meat.
Ruminant animals and humans, we have a wonderful mirroring of nutrient requirements: we have essential fatty acids, we have a number of essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and we have no essential carbohydrates. Ruminants have no essential proteins or fats but do have 2 types of essential carbohydrates (thank you Dr Ballestedt).
Everywhere we have settled, we have hunted or domesticated ruminant animals. Our development and survival as species go hand in hand.
The further we move away from our natural species appropriate minimally processed diets, the more we are hit with disease and poor health — surviving longer, rather than living better. Look around you, how many healthy 40, 50, 60 year olds do you see running, jumping, living well without health problems? What percentage are lean, strong and muscular? Not enough I’d say.
If you want your health back, in my opinion and that of many experts, you need nutrient dense animal products in your diet. The fewer animal products you consume, the more you must rely on potentially harmful stuff such as the industrial seed oils, and the processed grains and sugar that we are force fed by the giant food companies who make millions of our suffering.
Time and time again I hear people reluctant to eat meat ‘for the environment’. So they eat other stuff and it costs them muscle and it costs them health. That’s why this matters.
--> By promoting the myth that meat is bad for the environment, you do more harm than good.
—> people influenced will be less healthy
—> processed food companies will become more powerful
—> people in third world countries won’t be able to afford the food grown in their countries
—> essential functions of ruminants will be weakened
—> the world will lack quality nutrition
—> soil health will deteriorate quicker
—> regions will lose food security
The difference between greenhouse gases is minuscule to non-existent.
—> The environmental impact of animal agriculture is misrepresented, oversimplified and overstated
—> when you consider the numbers in the right region, by nutrient rather than calorie and when you consider food waste and the other products and roles of nutrients.
Cattle emit methane as part of a natural cycle, and are not responsible for the rise in atmospheric methane levels. Numbers of ruminants has gone down. Methane rise is down to fracking and leaky African swamps. Scientists can measure it.
The burning of fossil fuels release new and additive greenhouse gases, they are very much the problem.
Anyone that promotes it as different is ignorant or has vested interests. If we focus on the wrong areas, we can’t fix the problem.
It’s not about plants vs animals. It’s about improvements to the whole system.
Eat what makes you healthy. Support regenerative agriculture.
Animal rights activists belong in an insane asylum and will grasp at anything to support their misguided agenda. Trying to save the pigs, cows and chickens from death while millions more rabbits, field mice and entire ecological systems are killed to produce the plant foods they eat anyway. Be very wary of anything they say, misrepresenting of health, environment, ethics, and evolutionary biology are all commonplace.
If you care about the environment, improvements to agriculture can be made, but really, it’s industry...it’s a fossil fuels thing.
Placing attention on the wrong area does more harm than good.
ONE LINERS TO HELP YOU REMEMBER OR SPREAD THE WORD
It’s not the cow, it’s the how.
Seek to improve the environment, not do less harm...support regenerative agriculture.
Methane is part of the carbon cycle. Fossil fuels are new and additive.
Environmental nuance is too simple for damaged vegan brains to understand.
Cattle consume 10% of human edible grain, soy and wheat, but they still increase the volume and quality of human edible food. Without them, more people would starve.
If you’re carrying too much body fat, don’t talk about food and the environment. Eat less.
Animal products are essential for human health. Pets aren’t. Alcohol isn’t. Tea and coffee isn’t.
Ruminant animal agriculture is the truly sustainable agriculture.