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FarrrTHUR 23: Would Being Vegan Really Solve Climate Change? Not if We Don’t Kill the Cows.

I’ve been working on and off today on an appropriate intro to this post, but my gusty inner blogger practically wrote another whole article.  So, I’m saving that for later and asking you to simply go FarrrTHUR with Jude, the Bovidiva Ph.D.

You may remember that she talked about Elvis and Rainbow-belching Unicorns a while back.

You know you want to go FarrrTHUR again with Jude.
Go for it!
Emily Grace

Bovidiva

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA friend of mine drew my attention to this NPR blogger, who makes the point that being “good” isn’t zero sum (a situation where what is gained by one side or cause, is lost by another). If you’re concerned about the environment, you can both recycle cans and buy a more climate-friendly car. If you are passionate about children’s education, you can volunteer in the classroom and financially support literary projects. In most cases, doing good is not an either/or.

Which made me think a little more about the definition of “good”. To that writer it meant being vegan or vegetarian, in the belief that such a diet would improve animal welfare and environmental impact. Yet this is exactly where the conflict arises for me – if we were all vegan or vegetarian, what would happen to the sheep, the cow, the pig and the chicken?

I posed that question to…

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5 Responses to “FarrrTHUR 23: Would Being Vegan Really Solve Climate Change? Not if We Don’t Kill the Cows.”

  1. Caitlin | belong with wildflowers

    Very interesting thoughts here! Thank you for sharing 🙂 As a vegan, I can see both sides of the coin. I agree with overpopulation that the author discusses, but I also feel the author neglected to consider natural selection. If we stopped controlling the bovine population, sure they’d be more cows, but I don’t know if that’s something we can statistically figure out in this point in time because we’ve had such an established consumeristic demand for cow meat since the 1950s (and with that comes control of the bovine population). Also, I was hoping to read more of the author’s thoughts on how natural selection may increase if we did have free roaming cows because they would need to fend for themselves, find their own food, and heal themselves during ailments (whereas right now farmers fend for the cows, feed them, and provide them with medicine and other modern-day treatments they wouldn’t find in nature). Really loved this article and how much it made my brain wheels spin!

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    • Emily Grace

      Hi Caitlin,

      I see what Inese is saying about the comments over at Jude’s site – it’s a hot topic. I have invited Jude to come over here. Maybe she will join us. I appreciate your spinning brain wheels and thoughtful conversations.

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  2. inesephoto

    I went to Jude’s site – there is a war of opinions going on:) I didn’t risk to join. 🙂 I just want to say that it is impossible that everybody becomes a vegan, even in theory. I eat beef 2-3 times a year, but I still eat it. Population of vegans is very thin, but lets presume it grows and after 20 years 50% of population stop eating protein. Gradually the farmers will adjust their business, but definitely not by letting their cattle live in the wild which would be a catastrophe. I am telling you – let’s do what is right today and stop reasoning about unknown future. Go farmers! 🙂

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    • Emily Grace

      Well said, Inese. 🙂 Especially, “gradually the farmers will adjust their business” – we grow for people who eat and have preferences. 🙂

      Thanks for chiming in! 🙂 eg

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