There is a big debate, as you know, about meat production and climate change. The corporate media promotes the Bill Gates/Silicon Valley myth that eating less meat and animal products (not just factory farmed, but climate-friendly/carbon sequestering organic and regenerative meat and animal products as well) and abolishing animal agriculture altogether (small scale grazing and animal husbandry supports a billion small farmers on the planet whose lands are not suitable for growing food crops) will be better for the climate. Fake meats produced on an industrial scale in chemical vats with GMOs are also being promoted as better for the climate by the billionaires such as Bill Gates who have invested in it.
One thing we can all agree on is that animal products from factory farms are bad for the environment, the climate and our health. These confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are cruel concentration camps for animals. They have no place in a humane and caring society. Their manure lagoons pollute the atmosphere and river systems with high levels of nutrients and chemicals that are toxic to the environment. The GMO/chemical-intensive corn and soy fed to them are a major source of environmental contamination and greenhouse gas emissions. CAFO feedlots and animal confinement operations are one of the major emitters of methane and nitrous oxide, dangerous greenhouse gases.
CAFOs and the GMO animal feed crops that sustain them damage our health and the health of our children with toxic pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones. Organic consumers can help clean up the environment and improve our health by completely boycotting animal products from these cruel, toxic and environmentally destructive industrial systems, and by calling for a moratorium on new CAFOs, followed by a complete ban.
Fake meats are equally bad for the environment and health. The feedstocks needed to provide the nutrients for these artificial processed foods come from the most destructive form of industrial agriculture: large monocultures of GMO corn and soy that are sprayed with high levels of toxic herbicides. Thousands of scientific papers directly link these herbicides to cancer, birth defects, immune system damage, hormone disruption, reproductive problems, thyroid damage and other serious chronic diseases. Andre Leu has written two books on pesticides showing how there are no safe levels of these poisons for children. They are persistent in the environment and as residues in our food. They are responsible for the crash in insect numbers, such as the Monarch Butterfly, and for species that feed directly and in directly on insects such as birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Trillions of insects and other species are directly and indirectly killed by the millions of tons of pesticides used in industrial agriculture. If we believe in the sanctity of life, we should not be eating foods from degenerate systems that cause the industrial scale destruction of life. Fake meat , GMOs, and factory farms are part and parcel of the sam,e deadly system—industrial agriculture.
Regenerative and Organic Grass-fed Systems
Regenerative grazing utilizes healthy and humane practices that are based on the way animals naturally behave in the wild. Animals are treated with care and are allowed to roam in grasslands that are rich in a biodiversity of species that are good for their health. They are regularly moved to fresh pasture to ensure that they are well-fed and get the benefits of natural exercise. Regenerative and organic means that no toxic chemicals are used in their production. The animals are kept healthy through natural veterinarian and humane husbandry methods.
Free-range animals grazing on pasture produce less methane as they are not force fed an unnatural diet. Healthy ecosystems and pasturesw have special methanatropic bacteria in the soil and natural water systems that breakdown methane. Consequently, these systems emit significantly less methane than industrial factory systems.
The published evidence shows that correctly managed pastures (neither overgrazed nor under-grazed) can build up carbon-rich soil organic matter faster than most other agricultural systems, while this carbon is often stored deeper in the soil, and therefore is more long-lasting. Soil organic matter is composed of atmospheric carbon (carbon dioxide) that is drawn down and fixed by plants via photosynthesis.
Research shows that regenerative grazing practices can regenerate soil fertility, carbon storage, and soil biodiversity in degraded landscapes in as little as three years. A number of ranches in one well-known study in the Southeastern US have increased their soil organic matter levels and sequestered 29,360 kg of CO2 per hectare (30,000 pounds per acre) per year. This is an enormous amount of carbon dioxide being taken out of the air by photosynthesis and converted into organic matter to feed the soil microbiome. Scaling up these regenerative systems can significantly help in our battle to reverse the climate crisis.
Regenerative grazing can turn livestock production from being one of the major contributors to climate change into one of the largest solutions to climate change as well as regenerate degraded ecosystems.
It is, of course your own personal decision whether or not to eat meat and animal products. But whether vegetarian or omnivore we should all boycott Big Meat and factory farms and only consume animal products from humane, environmentally beneficial, healthy, regenerative organic grass fed systems. Not only your health, but the health of the planet and the future generations is affected by what you choose to eat. Join us as we educate and organize for an Organic and Regenerative Revolution.