One of the things frequently thrown at me (and others) is that meat kills the planet. We've all seen the propaganda messages about cows trumping and burping and vegan propaganda would have us believe that meat eaters are to blame. Ah if only it were that simple. Factory farming is a relatively new process and it is one in which animals are typically fed grain. Grain was domesticated around 12,000 years ago (a blink in the evolutionary eye) whilst the cows predecessors the aurochs were around for an estimated two million years before that (another blink in the evolutionary eye). Grain is not the proper diet of cattle, it will increase growth rates (kerching ££££) but it will also cause them to be diseased. So I agree that factory farmed meat is not a good thing either for my own health or that of the planet.
So why do these voracious vegans treat all meat eaters with such hostility? Even the ones who eat grass fed locally raised meats? Well to them an animal still dies, sadly the cycle of life dictates that we all die someday, even a catabolic vegan but that's just not good enough.
Lets take a look at the vegan lifestyle and see if it possibly still has blood on its hands?
Do vegans ask what died in the production of their food, I doubt it very much. Agriculture is possibly the most destructive thing that we as human beings do to our planet. Growing grain and other foods frequently destroys whole ecosystems, if the world were to turn vegan where would we grow all the extra food required? Ah to hell with it, we'd destroy some more ecosystems and then wipe the blood from our hands...at least we don't eat meat.
People point to the facts that it takes it takes 12-16 pounds of grain to make 1 pound of beef, but remember cattle should not consume beef. Grass fed cows eat no grain and oddly enough have less impact on the environment than mass agriculture. So we can safely say that industrial scale agriculture is the real culprit of the degradation of our plant, not as vegans want us to believe due to meat eaters.
As I've stated before the argument that "meat kills", "meat ruins the environment" etc simply doesn't stand up to much. Comparing McDondald's meat to grass fed locally reared is like me comparing heavily processed soy crops that damage whole ecosystems with someone who buys fresh veg from their local farm. The only way I'd use that argument is if I was so blinkered about my beliefs that I just wanted to argue that crops kill the planet....