Are you being greenwashed?
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Jasmin over at Making Hay just posted a link to “Greenwashed“, an article about local food and meat consumption. It’s a really good look at how even locally raised meat is not sustainable (and actually could be worse in terms of greenhouse gas emissions).
Even grass-fed beef produces greenhouse gas emissions in the form of methane and nitrogen. Also, there is absolutely no way that we could feed our current meat habit on locally raised, grass-fed beef. We simply don’t have enough land to do that.
Animals allowed to move around expend more calories and thus consume more resources than those crammed into tiny crates and cages. Chickens not pumped full of antibiotics and genetically manipulated to reach optimal slaughter weight at 6-1/2 weeks take longer to raise — and consume more food in the process. Cows raised on pasture produce more methane (a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide) than those crammed into feedlots.
Plant-based agriculture is clearly much healthier for the earth, and thinking locally is only part of the equation: We also need to act globally. Nostalgic calls for a return to the perceived quaintness of days gone by are unrealistic, given the population explosion we’ve experienced.
Twenty-first century solutions require that we look forward, not backward. It’s time for well-intentioned environmentalists to stop looking for loopholes and embrace the necessity of a paradigm shift toward a plant-based diet.
Read through the article and please do as Jasmin suggests: “forward it to everyone you’ve ever met in your entire life.”