What a surprise – Beef Central has posted an article saying a vegetarian diet might be the worst thing a person can do if he or she wants to minimize animal suffering and promote sustainable agriculture. This website publishes information supporting the Australian beef industry, so might they be a little biased in their support of eating cows?
Beef Central’s article says that if more Aussies want a plant-based diet the result will be more intensive farming using herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, and ‘other threats’ to biodiversity and environmental health. Let’s address their first point: actually many vegetarians typically DON’T want additional herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers and many are will to pay more for their food to get it organically. Heck, even some meat eaters will pay more to get organic beef, chicken, turkey, grains and veggies. Have they never heard of organic farming, or organic gardening? So no dice there, Aussie beef promoters.
The article goes on to say a very large number of small animals such as mice, snakes and lizards are killed to grow plants for human consumption, which is true. However the fact that livestock agriculture contributes up to 51% of human-made climate changes emissions is completely left out.
Why would they leave out this extremely important fact? Because it would completely blow their argument out of the water. Their article doesn’t end there though, it says we should be are on the side of the all the mice in the world that are killed by plant agriculture,
“Baby mice left in the nest sing to their mothers.” (Source: BeefCentral)
So it is okay to kill an enormous number of cows, pigs, sheep, kangaroos and so forth while changing the entire planet’s climate and adding to extreme weather patterns, because mice are also killed by agriculture?
What about the profound fact cattle production and destruction of wild habitats including forests contributes to climate change which is a very negative global effect that is damaging not only all land animals, but is also acidifying the oceans and killing coral reefs around the world which are sort like underwater forests with great biodiversity? Should we ignore climate change, habitat loss, species loss and the inevitable extinctions, so we can keep eating cows and try to save some mice that are already in huge supply?
What kind of logic is this?
The article also claims we should listen to mice more, as if there is a lack of mice in the world.
“We now know the mice have a voice, but we havenít been listening.” (Source: BeefCentral)
Some of their comments sound like what Rush Limbaugh says about climate change.
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