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Eating Meat Is Better for the Environment??


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, diet, vegetarian, meat, agriculture, footprint )

Marcel
- 2471 days ago - news.cornell.edu
New research shows that the most efficient diet includes a small amount of meat and dairy. Meat and dairy can be produced by grazing pasture land, which is more available and needn't be as fertile as cultivated land. The key is to graze the livestock.



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Marcel C. (7)
Thursday October 25, 2007, 10:28 am
However, folks with a vegetarian diet may still be helping the environment by offsetting the 6 oz of meat that Americans typically eat each day, which is 3x the optimal amount suggested by the study. The ideal amount of meat for your region may vary, of course...
 

Krystina Bair (67)
Thursday October 25, 2007, 10:42 am
Yes!!! HOORAY for omnivores :)
 

ELGIN LEE BAKER (51)
Friday October 26, 2007, 7:16 am
NOTICE THE USES OF THE WORDs high fat vegitarian diet ...........hmmmmmmmmm where he get that funding .......
 

Good H. (3827)
Friday October 26, 2007, 8:01 am
Of course, if billions of people all eat 'just a little meat" the effect is to wipe out all forests and replace them with fields of grass in order to feed everyone this meat. That is what is happening now.

The lack of protein myth keeps going and living, with the help of the meat industry association and the dieticians who work in hospitals. They all proclaim to anyone willing to listen and even those who do not, that one cannot get enough protein unless one eats; you guessed it; MEAT.

There is plenty of protein in nuts, legumes and seeds, not to mention the 10% or so protein content (which is plenty by the way) found in wheat, barley and other grains. What I would substitute is to eat a small amount of nuts seeds or legumes every day, in order to get enough protein. This will much more effectively reduce your food foodprint, especially if you eat organically.
 

Good H. (3827)
Friday October 26, 2007, 8:06 am
Low quality land can be used to grow all kinds of vegetarian food. Low quality land can also be turned into a high quality land with the amount of topsoil growing each year by a farmer who knows what they are doing. Biodynamic and organic farming methods build up soil and enrich it, if done properly.

By comparison, high quality land is being destroyed and topsoil is disappearing with standard chemical agriculture methods. It will not matter in a couple of generations if we keep farming with chemicals, how much meat we are eating.
 

Pedro M. (7)
Friday October 26, 2007, 8:50 am
This study only looked at land use. It did not analyze energy use or water consumption and pollution, nor the effect on climate change. If those factors are included, the argument to consume some meat may be significantly reduced or entirely lost.
 

Robert Groves (2)
Friday October 26, 2007, 11:12 am
Only raw protein is used to create tissue by the body.
Cooking meat or any other protein destroys four of the eight amino acids that make a protein.
This means cooked protein from cow, nuts, soy or anything else robs your body of amino acids to create protein to repair your body. Raw nuts, raw seeds, are the sources of protein needed and can easily be supported on most any land. The other suggestion of biodynamic farming is greatly needed as well.to solve the problems. Global starvation is a real problem and is rapidly growing Global warming caused by the "carbon footprint" is still a scientific debate. Warming is definite science. Man caused warming is conjecture at this time. Reducing anything we are doing to add to the global wrming is wise even if minor. It will greatly reduce pollution benefiting us all even if we don't affect the temperature. Finally we the people are consciously directing business on a global scale instead of the other way around.
Dr. Robert Groves
 

Krystina Bair (67)
Friday October 26, 2007, 1:31 pm
I still say...YAY FOR OMNIVORES!!!
 

ELGIN LEE BAKER (51)
Friday October 26, 2007, 1:55 pm
well you also need to look at the fact it is funded in part by the usda for which bush has appointed and control over .hmmmmmm lets think do they support flawed science ever ...no not bush ........plus it is new york state yeah like they have good farm land anyway ............
 

Pedro M. (7)
Friday October 26, 2007, 2:17 pm
The USDA's goal is to please the constituents (read: campaign donors) and not offend the agricultural lobbyists (Mechanized corn, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Big Sugar). Inefficient foods (which consume the most land) like meat will demand the most agriculture. Don't think for a second that the USDA will be any more sustainable under the Demoblicans than it has been under the Republicrats.
 

Margareta T. (0)
Friday October 26, 2007, 3:37 pm
Yayy for omnivores! Even seed eating birds become meat eaters when they are raising young. Even squirrels eat meat. I for one am allergic to all grains and all nuts and definitely soy. The vegetables have to be cooked and the fruit can only be eaten in small amounts. Meat and dairy are the only food items I can eat without having a reactino ranging from dermatitis to migraines. I can't eat fish anymore - I used to be able to but now my hands and feet swell up.
 
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