In response to Janice Davis: One man’s meat is a Leftie’s poison
All this nonsense comes from a couple of studies in the USA on the carbon costs of farming cattle in sheds in the pan-handle of Texas. Massive herds of cattle have a miserable life held indoors in giant barns heated in winter and air conditioned in summer, with water brought in from miles away, feed stuff ditto, and ginormous lakes of animal waste that have to be emptied from time to time. Huge energy consumption, horrendous animal cruelty and a completely unnatural model of animal farming.
By contrast most cattle in the UK live outdoors for most of the year, eating grass often on marginal land such as flood plains or hillsides which are not suitable for growing crops. As the cattle move around they produce natural manure which improves the soil and also attracts flies which are part of the network of pollinators. Their energy consumption is minimal. The land is kept as grassland because of the grazing (otherwise it would revert to scrub). Grassland traps tons of carbon in the root network – far more than scrubland – and benefits biodiversity. And, boy, do the cows like being outdoors!
A vegan diet degrades the soil much faster than traditional farming because of the lack of manure and consequent increase in the need for nitrogen fertilizers, the run-off from which despoils the waterways. And a vegan diet isn’t just carrots and lettuce. It requires massive amounts of supplements – oils instead of fats, soy protein, nut milks and so on – all of which have environmental consequences and need to shipped across the world to meet the needs of the whey-faced, self-righteous, shrill, virtue-signalling quinoa munchers.