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Re: “Where's the Beef?

Wow! I am impressed with the comments I read in response to "Hypocrisy Now," and my hat is off to the readers of the North Coast Journal. Thoughtful responses to emotive propaganda pieces are few and far between. I would like to add that, while veganism is a good start toward reducing one's impact, it may not be the most effective. Studies reported in the journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (University of California Press) point out that lacto-vegetarianism, ovo-lacto-vegetarianism and even reduced meat omnivorisim are all capable of reducing one's agricultural footprint even below that imposed by a vegan diet. The point is, many plant crops produce by-product in-edible to humans that may be fed to chickens, livestock or fish which may then be used to add eggs, milk or even meat to the human food chain. It makes more sense to utilize the energy in such by-products to produce more food (even if animal-based) rather than waste this energy and then be forced to establish even more cropland to feed the human population, with total loss of all plant and animal life on such converted lands. Also, the consumption of wild fish and game (I assume that this is what is meant by the term "Fog Hog"), taken in a sustainable manner from undisturbed wild lands, is far less destructive of animal life than is converting such lands to crops. Veganism is certainly better than the "average Joe" diet, but a single line drawn arbitrarily between plant and animal lacks the nuance necessary to minimize our environmental impact.

Posted by Stewart Lands on 04/28/2017 at 12:06 AM

Re: “It's What, Not How, You Grow

Brilliant!!

Posted by Matthew Kumin on 04/24/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Hypocrisy Now!

Adopting a vegan lifestyle out of compassion is misguided but kind. Farming for high quality nutrients relies on bone meal, fish emulsion, and other animal products. Harvesting grain kills millions of mice and countless other small mammals caught up by large threshers - ask any farmer. Only one animal died to provide me with steak versus potentially hundreds to feed me bread. Also this:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/actually-raising-beef-is-good-for-the-planet-1419030738

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Posted by Hemingway on 04/24/2017 at 7:14 AM

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