posted on Sep, 18 2019 @ 12:34 PM
a reply to: smkymcnugget420
The same arguments can be made against vegetable crops. The pesticides and other chemicals used in the crops also runoff into the water supply. The
deforestation of the Amazon is more a result of illegal logging of the forest than cattle production or feed production, I am sure it also plays a
role however but not the sole reasons.
Rice production which in many cases utilize enormous amounts of the fresh water supply and requires enormous plots of land to grow, this use of water
to flood fields is not neccessary but is a common method to control weeds and pest. It is a labor intensive crop which means many in less economically
successful areas are taken advantage of for cheap labor. After harvesting, the remaining crop waste is burned resulting in a large carbon footprint
after the transportation and refinery of the crops are tallied.
There are no simple answers at this time. Perhaps technology one day will allow us to Star trek our foods and our reliance on traditional methods will
fade with time but neither industry is better or worse, both have equal issues. Same with electric cars, electricity is largely produced with fossil
fuels and really offer no alternative to combustion style vehicles, and in the long term could be worse for the environment after the mining of
materials for the batteries, refining those products, transporting them and eventually the disposal issue of those hazardous waste associated with old
batteries and the tailings from the mining the materials used in their production.
It takes a balance and with improved technology perhaps we will be able to abandon some of our practices, meat grown in labs, better farming
techniques utilizing nutrient based growing instead of land based crops, but to single one over the other is bad science when each share the same
problems and each offer our diets needed and necessary nutritional value. As for individual needs and desires, to each their own but I do believe some
are suited to veganism better than others and meaters in some cases need the nutritional value offered, it boils down to the individual Gene's we each
are made up of.