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Veganism as Ecologically Unsustainable By Mrs Vera West
We at this site are pro-farmer, and certainly pro-meat, both on economic and health grounds. In recent times a political dimension has been added, with many radical environmentalists championing veganism and anti-meat, as part of their political agenda. But, farmers are beginning the great fight back:
“A scientist speaking at the National Farmers Union conference has argued that living a vegan lifestyle is more damaging to the environment than eating meat. The Rothamsted Institute’s Graham McAuliffe said that the manner in which tofu — a protein foodstuff made from soy ‘milk’ — is produced has a worse carbon footprint than chicken, pork, or lamb produced for eating, according to an unpublished report. Dr McAuliffe, who models the environmental impact of foods, said that current accepted research which claims that eating meat is worse for the environment fails to take into account that the human body does not absorb as much protein from plants as it does from meat, meaning that on a vegan diet, a person would have to eat more in order to obtain a healthy amount of protein, according to a report in The Times. Speaking at the conference in London, the scientist said: “Without a doubt peas and ground nuts always have a lower environmental impact than any livestock products. “But if you look at tofu, which is processed so there is more energy going into its production, when you correct for the fact that the protein in it is not as digestible compared to the meat-based products, you can see that it could actually have a higher global warming potential than any of the monogastric animals. “To get the same amount of protein, tofu is worse.”
Make, mine, meat, today! Can that we have that as the new slogan for the contra-vegan movement?