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I'm sorry, you said meat is bad. This isn't 100% true. Studies show that when real meat (meaning meat that hasn't been through some unnatural process, with the extreme being McDonalds) is eaten in the correct proportions then it can be beneficial to our health. Now, that essentially means moderation, and picking the right meats. But truthfully, a general good rule in life is everything in moderation. I just think it's unfair and incorrect to say meat is bad period.
You’re right, meat isn’t necessarily bad for your health (though, to be clear, there’s no data supporting the idea that McDonald’s meat is better or worse than other meat…except that it’s easier to eat a lot of it very quickly, and there’s a ton of salt…and you generally also consume it with fried potatoes and sugar water.)
But yes, there’s nothing wrong with meat in moderation…though diets high in animal protein have been found to be linked with cancer, heart disease, and premature death in humans.
But, on the whole, whether I live to be 73 or 78 is not so much of a concern to me as the overall impact I have on the world during those years. No one can deny that meat is horrible for the environment. Giving up meat would probably reduce your carbon footprint by more than giving up driving.
40% of grain produced in America is fed to livestock animals. That’s enough to feed 800 million people. 30% of the world’s total ice-free land is used to grow crops to fead to livestock. 30% OF THE WHOLE WORLD! Only 10% is used to grow human food crops.
There are ways to raise animals with less significant or even beneficial environmental impact…but we do not raise animals that way.
I’m not even touching on the cruelty, here. Let’s just worry about the Earth and not individuals for a moment…if we do that, meat is /clearly bad/ and we should all eat less (if we can), which I try very hard to do.
if raising beef that is fed grain is bad, what about pasture raised meat? Like cows, sheep, or goat? Here in North Central Washington (state), feeding cattle with grain is a luxury. Grain is expensive here, making it not viable to feed a herd only or mostly grain and sell them for a profit.
We do however, have lots of pasture and land not fit to be used for orchards, or hay/grain fields. The land here is often sandy, rocky, and far too hilly and steep to be worth the effort to grow hay or grain. In some cases, livestock is needed to maintain an area so its not a fire danger.
My dad maintains a family property by cutting and baling the grasses there to feed to our two mules and to sell to others.
We trade the first (and maybe second) cuttings to someone who gives us beef. And I don’t mean a couple pounds of hamburger and a chuck roast. I mean half of a year and half old bull. We have to butcher it ourselves.
Do you know how much money that is worth? Hundreds. We save hundreds of dollars by trading for meat. When a dad can’t work because of his back and there is a disabled son who can’t work, it means living comfortably during the winter and early spring.
My family also hunts. I do not. My family enters a state wide drawing to hunt for certain elk and deer. This lottery is to keep that population in check. Too many deer mean over grazing, which leads to other populations dying, while the predator populations (the ones that can kill us) boom.
The lottery is also to keep people from over hunting, which can ruin an ecosystem.
Once a year my family (mom, dad, aunts, uncles, grandpas) take two weeks in October to camp out in a forest and hunt for what they were drawn for. They don’t hunt for sport, or for a big trophy, they hunt to put food on the table and enjoy the outdoors.
Meat is not always bad for the environment. Meat does not have to be expensive.
You know how Capt in ‘the Winter Soldier’ is shown having a list of music recommend to him?
I really want someone to recommend to him that he should watch Crash Course by John Green. He would then be up-to-date about how things generally went down after the whole ice experience. I REALLY want this to happen.
Am I the only one who has thought of this?
in the distance you hear them
the Whovians have returned
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