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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby KaiserJeep » Wed 13 Jun 2018, 13:50:21

It's too bad dohboi refuses to answer simple questions, in this his own thread.

I would suggest that Vegans are killing the planet when they enable more humans to exist on the globe, in place of domestic meat animals. Meanwhile every meat eater is saving a little piece of the world by consuming red meats from animals with faces.

This is what veal looks like when it's really fresh:
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby dohboi » Wed 13 Jun 2018, 18:54:17

Newf, false equivalence much?

I really don't know what 'simple question' it is that you want me to answer. So far, everything KJ and you seem to write is just bloviations, rationalizations, and various false assumptions about my positions, peppered with plenty of our own unsupported assumptions about how the world or humans work.

But if you want to just keep hitting that one note samba because it gives you some kind of thrill or makes you feel superior or something, knock yourselves out! :)
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby KaiserJeep » Wed 13 Jun 2018, 19:29:02

I want you to explain why meat eaters are "killing the planet". I do get the fact that a Vegan diet uses less resources than an omnivore diet. I do get the fact that half the GHG's are the result of domestic livestock. Obviously, if all 7.6+ billion humans ate Vegan, we could cram a lot more humans into the world and feed them, before some other vital resource ran short.

So explain why all those extra humans is a good thing. Why is 10 Billion or 20 Billion on Planet Earth better than 7.6+ Billion?
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby dohboi » Wed 13 Jun 2018, 19:39:09

"I do get the fact that a Vegan diet uses less resources than an omnivore diet"

Then you get it.

No more to say, really.

(The rest is false assumptions, not really worthy of more of a reply than I have already given above.)

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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby KaiserJeep » Wed 13 Jun 2018, 19:48:04

I have the feeling of having stepped in a puddle that I expected to be deep, and finding it quite shallow. :(
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby dohboi » Thu 14 Jun 2018, 11:10:00

Whatever that is supposed to mean. You are the one who can't even recognize the false assumptions behind your statements and questions, even after they have been pointed out to you repeatedly.

But thanks for reminding me of this song :) :

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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby KaiserJeep » Thu 14 Jun 2018, 11:52:36

The simple relationship of food availability and birth rates is useless. Think about it for a minute. The USA with it's less-than-replacement birth rate, also exports huge amounts of foods, mostly as dry grains such as wheat and rice, to China, India, Africa, and other parts of Asia. We also export huge amounts of coal, natural gas, and refined petroleum products.

Several unsustainable practices contribute to this. These would include mechanized, petroleum-powered agriculture, the pumping of deep fossil water aquifers such as the Ogalalla, and petroleum-powered transport of foods via truck/rail/ship.

As oil increases in price and natural gas supplies dwindle, food gets more expensive and eventually food exports will cease. The hardship-stimulated birth rates in less food secure places ensure massive and sudden famines. Nor will there be any relief, as the First World falls back to self-sufficient food production, less any exports. The USA will still be exporting coal, and for a short while, dwindling amounts of natural gas - but in the absence of cheap petroleum fuels, not much food.

I am convinced of the correctness of my analysis, regardless of the (correct) current linkage between food security and birthrates you pointed out. Your analysis assumes steady state energy resources, mine assumes an end to cheap petroleum.

That after all, is what is meant by Peak Oil.
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby Ibon » Thu 14 Jun 2018, 12:43:54

I think we have bled this topic to death!
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby Newfie » Thu 14 Jun 2018, 16:16:16

Agreed.

I’d just as soon see all these “XXX are Killing the Planet” threads locked.

We need a “fork” emoticon so we can “Put a fork in it.” 8)
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby Tanada » Fri 15 Jun 2018, 09:22:24

Newfie wrote:Agreed.

I’d just as soon see all these “XXX are Killing the Planet” threads locked.

We need a “fork” emoticon so we can “Put a fork in it.” 8)


While I find these type of topics rather silly and self serving I just did a search of the site and there are only three active topics with 'Killing The Planet' in the title. It is more a case of we lack traffic in the broad spectrum of topics since AdamB dropped out, we really need another volunteer to do as he was doing and broaden the base of conversation.
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby onlooker » Fri 15 Jun 2018, 10:01:38

we really need another volunteer to do as he was doing and broaden the base of conversation.

I think T, this site has a wide array of topics and threads which attracted me. It just seems membership and participation remains stagnant. Perhaps this may be due to the rather limited exposure of the concept of Peak oil among the masses and limited interest in the theory
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby Newfie » Fri 15 Jun 2018, 15:19:32

Not sure where to put this info, but I’ll stick it here since this is an active thread.

Just a little number crunching and rumination

Arable land (million). Population (million). Hectare/person
USA. 175 hectare. 327. 0.54
India. 160 hectare. 1,354. 0.12
China. 103 hectare. 1,415. 0.07
Russia. 122 hectare. 144. 0.85
Canada. 46 hectare. 37. 1.2
Mexico. 25 hectare. 131. 0.2
UK. 6. Hectare. 67. 0.09
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby Ibon » Fri 15 Jun 2018, 17:52:18

Newfie wrote:Not sure where to put this info, but I’ll stick it here since this is an active thread.

Just a little number crunching and rumination

Arable land (million). Population (million). Hectare/person
USA. 175 hectare. 327. 0.54
India. 160 hectare. 1,354. 0.12
China. 103 hectare. 1,415. 0.07
Russia. 122 hectare. 144. 0.85
Canada. 46 hectare. 37. 1.2
Mexico. 25 hectare. 131. 0.2
UK. 6. Hectare. 67. 0.09


Underscores how dependent countries like India , China and Mexico are on imported meat and grains. If one day constraints severely restrict grain exports these countries will not be eating much meat.

Will they then be saving the planet?
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby Newfie » Sat 16 Jun 2018, 06:40:14

Tanada,

I think the reason thes “Xxx are killing the planet” and similar themed threads get under my skin is because they are specifically aimed at segregating a portion of the population for blame. These are the bad guys, let’s shame them. I’m pretty sensitive to that kind of attack.

What I find useful about this site is that is a place where some aware folks gather to talk about some pretty dark subjects that are not lightly entertained in polite company, or politics. The back and forth helps each of us through increasing awareness, following developing trends, sharing technical information, forcing us to think through our positions and providing emotional support. The process is not always smooth and can be painful. But it is generally positive and helpful. To abandon that positive thrust and give into blantant anger and blame is counterproductive to the what’s best at this site. It why I object to folks using epithets such as “repug” for republican. There is nonneed for that except to jab someone in the eye. I find it as offensive as using “nigger”, more-so when it is attached to an attitude of moral high ground.
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby Newfie » Sat 16 Jun 2018, 06:50:18

Ibon wrote:
Newfie wrote:Not sure where to put this info, but I’ll stick it here since this is an active thread.

Just a little number crunching and rumination

Arable land (million). Population (million). Hectare/person
USA. 175 hectare. 327. 0.54
India. 160 hectare. 1,354. 0.12
China. 103 hectare. 1,415. 0.07
Russia. 122 hectare. 144. 0.85
Canada. 46 hectare. 37. 1.2
Mexico. 25 hectare. 131. 0.2
UK. 6. Hectare. 67. 0.09


Underscores how dependent countries like India , China and Mexico are on imported meat and grains. If one day constraints severely restrict grain exports these countries will not be eating much meat.

Will they then be saving the planet?


Not to mention the U.K.

I think part of why we consume meat is because we can.

China is, I think, trying hard to make meat and dairy more widely available. To improve the living standard.

But if eshewing beef was such a panacea then why does India, where many folks diner eat beef, have such a large population? Unless the goal is to have a large population. But if the goal is sustainability then it would seem to be a poor strategy.

We are humans, we are omnivours. We need to adjust our population numbers so that we can sustain our population given renewable resources at the level of comfort and development we demand. That makes for a pretty low population number.
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby Ibon » Sat 16 Jun 2018, 06:51:52

Newfie wrote:The back and forth helps each of us through increasing awareness, following developing trends, sharing technical information, forcing us to think through our positions and providing emotional support. The process is not always smooth and can be painful. But it is generally positive and helpful. To abandon that positive thrust and give into blantant anger and blame is counterproductive to the what’s best at this site.


Somewhat related to this on a macro level the big limiting factor going forward is not so much the technology or the science or even the geology but rather how humanity begins to work through these emotional and collective psychological impediments. This touches on politics and education and cultural trends. That is the reason it is so very important that we continue to have these kinds of threads. Since really at this point, cultural, economics and political issues far outweigh in importance the science and technology as causal factors of mitigation going forward.
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby KaiserJeep » Sat 16 Jun 2018, 10:21:14

Again, those who have the luxury of more than enough food and energy also have the time to think these things through. In other words, the First World countries.

Those who struggle to eat, struggle to find clean water, and struggle to warm themselves, never get the luxury of reflecting upon their fates. They never get the education to understand their condition. They never have a chance to change their lives. They desperately reproduce, because that is what apes do when faced with hardships.
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby onlooker » Sat 16 Jun 2018, 12:10:12

KaiserJeep wrote:Again, those who have the luxury of more than enough food and energy also have the time to think these things through. In other words, the First World countries.

Those who struggle to eat, struggle to find clean water, and struggle to warm themselves, never get the luxury of reflecting upon their fates. They never get the education to understand their condition. They never have a chance to change their lives. They desperately reproduce, because that is what apes do when faced with hardships.

I fully agree. Our over population is short of draconian measures totally out of our control :cry:
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby Yonnipun » Fri 29 Jun 2018, 17:57:43

I love this thread. Before finding this thread I ate meat maybe two times per week but thanks to this thread I started to eat meat every day. Atleast a pound of beef a day. I was eating only pork and chicken before because beef is very expensive but now I understand why americans gorge on beef. There simply is nothing compared to nutritional quality and taste of grass fed beef.
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Re: Meat Eaters Are Killing The Planet

Unread postby dohboi » Fri 29 Jun 2018, 19:44:47

Meat production wastes natural resources

The world is a diverse place that offers many natural resources. The meat industry places extreme stress on natural resources, causing extreme reduction and depletion
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