Eating less Meat won't save the Planet. Here's Why
Big thanks to Dr. Frank Mitloehner for chatting with me. You can find him on twitter under @GHGGuruNavigation:00:00 - Why are people saying Cows are bad for ...
It's been my belief for a while now that eating meat is very bad for the environment due to emissions. It also seemed inefficient and wasteful that so much land was being used to grow crops for animals instead of growing plants for feeding humans. I saw meat as a tasty but largely unneccesary middleman for most people who aren't bodybuilders like me who would benefit from the higher bioavailability of protein from meat. However after seeing this video it points out why these environmental impacts are not massive and that statistics are being used to mislead people into thinking they are making a difference to the environment by going veggie when in fact they are not at all and should instead be trying to switch to renewable energy sources and reduce their consumption of fossil fuels.
I found it particularly interesting that one of the most common food for livestock (soy) is actually already used to feed humans with the beans but there is it the inedible rest of the plant which would otherwise be wasted that is fed to cattle which is then turned into a food we can consume (beef). This means that waste is reduced not increased.
I also found it interesting that the land used for ruminant livestock which many vegan advocates say could be used for growing plant foods is not suitable for growing the type of crop humans can eat anyway so it is actually being put to its best use.
It is also pointed out that plant food for humans such as fruit is what goes to waste the most and isn't even eaten anyway it's over 1/3 that is wasted which is terrible really considering there are still many hungry people out there in the world.
Whilst I won't be making an environmental argument for not eating meat I'd still like to switch over to lab grown meats in order to decrease the number of animals being grown and killed for our food and I think the ethical arguments for vegetarianism are still valid.