Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Cattle
- Eat the poor?
> Personally, I believe that human nutrition cannot work in the long
> term without animal foods, whether those animals be cattle, birds,
> fish, insects, or whatever. A very interesting book on this topic is
> Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price. I can't
> recommend it highly enough.
> I also believe that having too many humans is THE core problem this
> planet has right now. If there weren't so many of us, every mistake
> we make wouldn't have such huge effects. Tribal Americans weren't
> perfect in their relation to the earth, but there weren't enough of
> them, in relation to the amount of land they had, for their mistakes
> to cause lasting problems.
> What would Fukuoka say?
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: blugra [mailto:did_not@...]
> > Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 11:15 PM
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Cattle
> > I will post an email from another group I subscribe to,
> > which is why the subject was on my mind. I thought it a
> > pretty clear outline of the problems and I know from my
> > reading that it is accurate.
> > The situation is yes we are overpopulated and as a result
> > cattle and other grazing animals are also but they are not
> > inseperably linked. There are cultures which abstain or
> > eat minimal amounts of meat over many generations. Meat
> > eating is not vital to human existence. Therefore the
> > number of cattle is a factor of consumer demand and appetite.
> > No matter how you cut it, (sorry bad pun) meat eating is
> > still a major environmentally related decision. There are
> > ways to solve the problems and yes grass fed beef is one of
> > them. But unless we cut consumption way down there is no
> > way to grass feed the numbers we are dealing with at this point...
> > One of the reasons this is a hot point for me is I was
> > raised in the rural midwest which used to be small farms
> > and now my home area is wall to wall cattle in feed lots
> > standing in their own excrement with a stink for miles.
> > Not to mention the pollution of the water, or the massive
> > slaughterhouse and packing plant and its obnoxiousness. I
> > never preached vegetarianism to my kids but one trip to
> > visit the grandparents and they understood.
> > *******
> > Cattle are one of the biggest problems on the planet. Fer starters,
> > most of the Amazon rain forest is being burned away simply
> > to provide
> > cattle graze. It's the single largest reason for the
> > depletion of the
> > rain forests of the world. Cattle, as a food product, take HUGE
> > amounts of land to produce a pound of protein compared to producing
> > that same pound of protein from plant sources -- I don't
> > remember the
> > ratio, but it's staggering. [added note from Blu...its
> > about 1 to 10, it takes 10 times as much water to raise a
> > lb of beef as that of grain protein]
> > Methane, including, specifically, methane from cattle crap (I can
> > already hear you laughing <G>) is one of the major
> > contributors to the
> > reduction of the ozone layer. As much or MORE than industrial and
> > automotive effluents. (There are other methane sources, including
> > volcanic emission and the melting of methane-containing deposits on
> > the ocean floor because of the global warming of ocean
> > currents, that
> > are also chiming in on the methane problem...) The problem with
> > flourocarbons from hair sprays is teeeny by comparison.
> > Processing cattle into meat, and then processing the rest of cattle
> > into leather and other products utilizes some extremely caustic and
> > carcinogenic compounds, most of which work their way from processing
> > plants into the air and water supplies.
> > I dunno if you've ever been associated with a packing plant, but
> > you'll find that the blood products alone will actually eat away
> > epoxy/cement floors in months. Processing plants are constantly
> > replacing their floors and pipes. It kept my grandfather, a master
> > plumber, in business most of his life.
> > Tanning leather is a really nasty business chemically. Some of the
> > compounds used are right on the top of the hit lists of serious
> > chemical pollutants.
> > Taken as a whole, cattle and the cattle-related businesses are
> > probably one of the biggest pollution problems on the
> > planet, and it's
> > getting to be a larger problem as more third-world
> > countries develop a
> > taste for beef.
> > Okay, that's the last I'm going to rail on that subject <G>. If you
> > want more information, there are a bunch of good websites
> > that will go
> > into further detail.
> > david
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- Hi all,
I just need to briefly interject one point. While yes I agree there are too
many people in the world, a bigger problem is overconsumption by the few in
the so-called developed world, many of whom actually believe all this stuff
is what they need and are used to, and our push to have the rest of the
world desire and also be dependant on lots of our junk vs. meeting basic
needs naturally and locally without destruction and disrespect.
It is an important note, because it actually places blame and belittles the
rest of the world and is usually us white folks or other from the "developed
world" who focus it that way. Meanwhile we consume 40% of the world's
resources and cause major environmental destruction, depletion, etc. etc.
Someone told me that every one American born is equivalent to 10 individuals
in terms of consumption, etc. I believe it.
I find it important daily to question that which us privileged and spoiled
believe to be reality in terms of needs, actions, thoughts, etc.