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ruta64

  4 months ago

Is switching to vegan food alternatives really good for environment?
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In recent years, I notice enormous pushing of vegan ideas that meat and dairy production is the biggest pollutant and only going vegan will save the planet. Even numerous surveys we get are asking whether we are reducing meat or daity consumption or going vegan as the proof that we care about environment and future of our planet. Getting one-sided propaganda through all media channels you probably think that this is the right way to go. But is it really? Just think about this.

If we equate cows to cars that have the greatest impact on climate change, then what are the alternatives? Tofu cheese from genetically modified Brazilian soya? Will we burn fossil fuels, mow the meadows and compost the phytomass, or turn all the meadows into forests? Then where the meadow birds will live, not to mention that we won’t have meadow landscapes? Well, there are talks about alternative feeds that will not ferment in the stomachs of cattle by releasing methane gas. Sounds like some sort of solution, but the cultivation of such fodder will require arable land, well, and energy to process, but again, will it be possible to produce it without imported soybeans?

This movement started because of the development of livestock farms in Argentina and Brazil. Especially in Brazil, where tropical forests are being cut down and replaced by pastures for the US market for beef cattle. This was the cause of all the demonstrations in front of McDonald’s taking beef from there. After that, they started using these ideas everywhere - where appropriate and where not. As if people don't not emit methane gas. People have a similar effect on climate change when they breathe and emit methane (about 8% comes from so-called vegan "cheese") I wonder who makes bigger emissions? Meateaters or vegetarians? Both breathe and emit gasses. But some eat those that recycle CO2, and others only those that produce greenhouse efect causing gas. We all know what effect eating a lot of legumes, cabbage and other hard-to-digest vegetables and fruits has on the processes that happen in our intestines..

What is the solution then? If people consumed less meat (recommended amount is 1-3 times a week), the number of cattle raised would be reduced to a level that it could be grazed on grassland without having keep them indoors all your round. Extensive grazing is not only useful for combating global warming, but also for maintaining species diversity in meadows. Cattle, like sheep or goats, are ideal for grazing areas, creating the necessary habitats for endangered species.

Free-range animals should not be included in the GHG emission statistics together with indoor cattle, and this principle must be adopted at the EU level. Dairy and meat products must be marked in the same way as eggs: "milk from free-range cows", "meat from free-range bovine animals", etc. Don't forget, that a lot of pollution is generated to meet the needs and desires of the average consumer. As consumers, we can choose whether we want to eat meat grown in Argentina or right here in Ireland, with a lower CO2 footprint. Do we want to consume local dairy products or will we agree to get cheese from Dutch farms, where there are incomparably more cattle per hectare, and so on. So we have our role to play, but please make an informed decision, and don't do something only because you hear about it every day, and you thing that this is sufficient for this information to be true.
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bernardconneely

  3 months ago
#darthcynic !
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bernardconneely

  3 months ago
#darthcynic Your clearly a eurofile and any thing I say and prove to you is pointless and I have more important things to be doing ..
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bernardconneely

  3 months ago
#darthcynic Have a read of the attached and if you need more information please Google its out there! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6262562/
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AnnaSmyth1

  3 months ago
Not sure Is there enough evidence?
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TolunaTeamIE

  3 months ago
Great post, Ruta! Do you think the focus should rather be on reducing the meat consumption of those who wish to, rather than encouraging more people to become completely meat-free?
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bernardconneely

  4 months ago
I only eat IRISH meat with the quality that includes milk etc. Veg also has to be Irish. I wouldn't' trust EU with a Tesco Trolley let a lone what I eat. I've been eating Irish food long before the EU came and will continue long after it gone,(Hopefully sooner then later). The EU History on animal welfare is really bad so I for one won't be taking any advice from them on that either.
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