Skip to comments.Beef production is bad for the planet(Your beef is next on the liberal hit list)
Posted on 06/23/2008 11:05:09 AM PDT by aft_lizard
Earlier this month, more than a hundred thousand South Koreans demonstrated against newly elected president Lee Myung-bak as his entire cabinet offered to resign. At the root of this massive protest was not a declaration of war against North Korea, a boycott of the Chinese summer Olympics, or even escalating oil prices. It was a treaty allowing U.S. beef imports. Beef production accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than automobiles. Its insatiable demand for feed grains has raised world food prices to levels beyond the reach of the worlds hungry and the relief agencies that support them. Creation of beef pastures is the key cause of worldwide deforestation, including the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. A beef-based diet requires more than 20 times as much land and water as a plant-based diet with equivalent amounts of calories and protein. Nutritionally, beef offers protein, iron, and some B vitamins, but no fiber, carbohydrates, nor most vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, it is replete with saturated fat, cholesterol, pesticides, and pathogens, including occasionally, the prions of mad cow disease. We should have a hundred thousand demonstrators marching on Washington to protest taxpayer subsidies to the U.S. beef industry. In the meantime, each one of us can demonstrate our own outrage with beef production on our next trip to the supermarket by selecting from the rich variety of soy-and-plant-based meat alternatives in the frozen foods and produce sections.
Dean Koch Dodge City
Beef? Great, now I’m starving.
I prefer Soylent Green - “it’s peeeeeeeeople!”
“Beef...it’s what’s for dinner”!
Hell, I’m pure evil then..
Big ol briquette grill, starter fluid... giant slabs of BEEF cooking away...
They’ll have to pry my cheeseburger, ribeye, T bone, porterhouse, ribs, flank steak and glass of cabernet from my cold, dead, greasy fingers.
For them meat is not a luxury. For many of them whole grain diets are poisonous.
If more land is required to raise herd animals to feed such people then the sugar and starch eaters should be made to make way.
I’ve heard that sacred cows make the best hamburgers.
Beef has been on the leftist hitlist for awhile. They complain about methane and hormone suppliments. This is nothing new.
Beef was also directly responsible for WWI and WWII as well as allowing slavery to exist in America for several hundred years. It has caused billions and billions of deaths over the breadth of humanity and now it is changing global weather patterns. It must be stopped in our lifetime. How can we as human beings continue to allow cows to continue to expel gas unabated. Do we not care for our children? Something must be done! Aaaaaagh!
What is ignored is that prior to the US expanding westward, a herd estimated at upwards of 40 million bison roamed the central Great Plains. Given the weight of these large animals (a male bison can weigh over 2,500 pounds), when compared to the weight of cattle and the number of cattle, the Great Plains today are supporting just as much mass of animal meat as it historically sustained.
Given these facts, it is just silly to assert that cattle are bad for the planet.
those hormone supplements are no joke. no other first world country allows farmers to drug their animals with steroids that produce hormonal imbalances in people
I can do my part by switching to pork.
I may not agree with eating red meat, but I will defend to the death your right to clog your arteries and get heart disease. :-)
Eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! On second thought, pass the burgers, already!
I think they were protesting US beef because of mad cow disease and the fact that the US has the most lax testing and oversight. It has nothing to do with the environment or green house gases, etc.
You’re exactly correct.
There’s one additional factor in beef vs. cattle: bison are mighty hard on the range. Bison like to create these “dust wallows” - where they tear up a 10’ diameter hold in the sod/grass/cover and they use this to roll around in the dust to cover themselves with dust to discourage ticks, mites, fleas, etc on their hides.
Cattle don’t tend to do this. Cattle rub themselves on everything that stands up off the ground (fenceposts, trees, parked cars, barbed wire, you name it), but bison are in a whole new league when it comes to “gotta scratch that itch” behavior.
Just put a tax on it.
That should fix it.
I wonder if the guy who wrote this, if serious, is really in Dodge City, or has even ever been to Dodge City?? It’s not the place I’d pick to complain about beef.
I also wonder if someone who complains about how much land it takes to raise cattle has ever spent any time in areas where lots of cattle are raised. Some, though of course not all, ranch land really isn’t suitable for much of anything else.
I think I’ll have a steak for supper tonight.
Dean Koch does live in Dodge if I remember correctly, and that is one of those things that got me on that. Beef is Dodge City’s first and prime business above all, take beef away you not only kill Dodge City but also most of Southwestern Kansas the Oklahoma Panhandle and the Texas Panhandle. Anyways its kind of weird reading a Kansan with the last name Koch sound like a raving loony leftist as most of them I have known are pretty conservative people, maybe he was kicked out of the family.
I don't know that I have ever seen one under 30' and some up to several hundred feet in diameter. In farm ground they still hold water after a rain and having been farmed over for 50 plus years.
Admittedly, the ones I’ve seen were on relatively small pastures.
Costs a lot of money to try to fence in a large area to contain bison.
Any way we look at it, bison are hard on the neighborhood. Doesn’t mean that they’re not tasty, just means that they’re not exactly a meek “environmentally friendly” animal.
However, I would love to see a herd of bison big enough that we could try to induce a bunch of environmentalists to try to milk some bison females. That, I would pay to watch. ;-)
I love a Q'd primal but unless tallow is added the burgers are kinda dry.
"That, I would pay to watch. ;-)"
Want to get up a game of "Slap the Bull"?? hahaha
Every time you grill a steak, God kills a tree in the Amazon forest. Or something.
I swear, vegetarians are stupider, most stupidest, simply because they don't eat enough beef.
A human can survive infinitely on beef alone. Protiens and fats. It's all a body needs. But a body cannot survive without these two things. What is the most unimportant part of our diet? Vegetables. Vegetarians try to forgo the most important dietary ingredients, with detrimental effect, mostly detrimental.
Me going without beef is bad for this planet!
yes, but rBGH (bovine growth hormone) is not a good hormone for humans to be consuming. Kids are entering puberty earlier, for example, than in times past partly because of the vast amount of hormones in meat and milk.
Plus, it causes sickness in the cows because of over production of milk, which requires large doses of antibiotics, which also find their way into meat and milk
did you sign up just to defend hormone supplements?
by the way, rGBH is not estrogen.
it is bovine growth hormone, produced in the pituary glands of cattle, but given in large dosages like anabolic steroids.
and if these supplements were so safe, why are they banned in Canada, Japan, Australia and the European Union?
That explains my wife’s vegetarian friend.. LOL
She don’t eat meat but she sure likes the bone!
The vegans have been having meatings about this.
Folks, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye...
or, in this case, until these control freak bastards get into positions of power where they can use the legal use of deadly force (gov’t) to impose their will on the rest of us.
Make no mistake, they
INTEND TO CONTROL WHAT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO EAT.
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