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We need to reduce meat intake to curb climate change
ar2uro 
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The issue with meat is that if you ate the grains that feed the cow, vs eating the cow, it's much more efficient to eat the grains...
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Someone watched Cowspericy.

We as a society do eat a lot of meat and we need to seriously cut down, but we are omnivorous, so we still need some protein [I know soy and whatnot] I doubt the world will just stop eating meat, but we really need go cut down. I only eat meat at dinner, and the meat I do eat is usually lean and portion correct [say the size of your hand over the size of your plate] I also don't eat much starch/carbs so vegetables are all I've got. I think we should all look at our diets, few people actually eat as healthy as we are told to [of course your diet should keep you healthy and not adhere to what others say]
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Chicken is cheap. Chicken is necessary on my £30 a month diet. The only thing I can replace it with is egg and eggs get old fast. Chicken doesn't though, chicken doesn't get old for some reason
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It would be nice if the massive food waste was addressed instead. The US wastes something like 40% of its food last time I checked. Eating a little less meat isn't going to do much about that.

Nothing changes if we keep wasting food, even eating less wouldn't adequately address the issue.

Yeah, eating more veggies is probably going to save our health a bit but the answer isn't eliminating meat. We've been eating it since the dawn of mankind. It doesn't make sense that eating meat is the cause of our woes. We would never have evolved to this extent if it wasn't for the consumption of flesh.

A great deal of land is cleared to use for raising food, but the environmental impact of raising animals for meat pales in comparison to the kind of damage caused by our wastefulness.
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i read that eating red meat prevent the body from absorbing calcium and causes weak bones.
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Nekoshema wrote:

Someone watched Cowspericy.

We as a society do eat a lot of meat and we need to seriously cut down, but we are omnivorous, so we still need some protein [I know soy and whatnot] I doubt the world will just stop eating meat, but we really need go cut down. I only eat meat at dinner, and the meat I do eat is usually lean and portion correct [say the size of your hand over the size of your plate] I also don't eat much starch/carbs so vegetables are all I've got. I think we should all look at our diets, few people actually eat as healthy as we are told to [of course your diet should keep you healthy and not adhere to what others say]



I eat as healthy as i can but with a limited food pallete due to sensetivities and not being able to eat alot of foods...

Without meat i would die of malnutrition or just be eating potatoes.

My dinner is just Potato corn and meat.

That's literally all i can really eat vegetable wise :/

that's as healthy as i will ever get.
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ar2uro wrote:

The issue with meat is that if you ate the grains that feed the cow, vs eating the cow, it's much more efficient to eat the grains...


but not everyone can eat the grains which is what is flawed there imo.
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Personally I think we need a bit more moderation but I really like steak and bacon. I can find greenhouse savings elsewhere to offset my bacon.
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aListers wrote:

Chicken is cheap. Chicken is necessary on my £30 a month diet. The only thing I can replace it with is egg and eggs get old fast. Chicken doesn't though, chicken doesn't get old for some reason


then u dont eat enough chicken <.<

but beef so expensive
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We should put sin taxes on meat like we do for booze, cigs, and weed.
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aListers wrote:

Chicken is cheap. Chicken is necessary on my £30 a month diet. The only thing I can replace it with is egg and eggs get old fast. Chicken doesn't though, chicken doesn't get old for some reason


Because you can make chicken taste like anything with the right spices and cooking method.

Also, as the graph previously showed, the effect humans are having on climate is minimal and may actually be beneficial. To us at least.
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Really the problem is simply food waste, an example of this is how much fruit, grains, vegetables and offal that our societies throw away, rather than feed to pigs or rabbits. You could even use rabbits as a way of preserving grains, as the newzealand whites have about a 90% food to biomass conversion rate. Further the 10 percent that becomes waste can become manure with out being treated, the organs are high in iron, and the ones you can't eat can be fed to pigs. Pigs can also eat pretty much anything.

Many times people reference just how much space animals need and while true we still destroy rainforests to get palm oil, which is pretty much pointless. I will admit that many animals we farm are a complete waste of space, not because of the space they can move in but the space their feed uses, so maybe we should give the animals more space and use more convenient feed. Again food scraps, or we could swap our livestock out for ones that have better yield, such as ostriches which are generally better than cows as a meat animal excluding the fact that they do not make cheese.

We could also do home meat farming, and yes while you could do hens, Rabbit and squab (pigeons) are also good, with squab's habit of returning to its nest making them use up very little space, since you don't need to contain them. Rabbits can also eat table scraps and breed very quickly, personally I forgot the number you need to eat a rabbit a day, but its not much. Plus you can sell the skin, sadly not the feet their in bad taste know and to easy to get their worth nothing.

Also eat invasive animals, or just pests. Example you can buy kangaroo for almost nothing, and even in countries where they aren't farmed, because Australia just doesn't know what do with all the meat they have. In some places you can hunt invasive rabbits with slingshots and without a hunting license(in public parks), in others you can kill geese.

Also we can eat certain cuts that are often mixed into dog food, sometimes people will actually put tongue meat in it, tongue meat a very good cut, also their is tons of meat on animal heads. We could/ should feed our dogs different stuff, I mean why not martin meat, we don't feed dogs horse anymore because people are silly, we can feed them organs people don't like, hell you can feed them skin, glans and tendons, however in Vancouver people buy their dogs quail and elk. Quail and elk. For a dog.

Regardless just add lots of mushrooms to your meat, it absorbs the flavour and contains tons of iron.
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But... Meat is awesome
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Posted 12/3/15 , edited 12/3/15

Ryulightorb wrote:


ar2uro wrote:

The issue with meat is that if you ate the grains that feed the cow, vs eating the cow, it's much more efficient to eat the grains...


but not everyone can eat the grains which is what is flawed there imo.


I'm not saying we only eat grains, obviously. Its just simpler if we limit our meat and save a lot of our grains. Those people who cant eat grains don't only eat meat, so we just limit our meat production.
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