“We’re all paying it, every day.
In the US, taxpayers subsidize the cattle industry with billions of dollars of tax money each year. Most of that goes to pay for feed crops, but there is also a huge allocation of public land for the grazing of cows. About half the land in the entire country is just for cattle.
In addition, a significant portion of the climate problem is directly caused by the effects of bovine respiration as well as the clear-cutting of forests for grazing worldwide. It’s like someone is dumping manure on your living room carpet and asking you to pay for it.
The end result is that whether or not you eat meat, you’re paying for it.
Beef is more expensive than we realize. And it’s also significantly less convenient than we give it credit for. Climate refugees, storm-damaged assets, the loss of life and homes… these are directly caused by the one billion cows that humans raise each year.
What would happen if we simply charged a fair price for the beef and milk that people consume?
The industry has done a great job of persuading people that beef is cheap, convenient, easy, luxurious, wholesome and benign. It’s none of those things.
I wonder how long it will take us to realize just how much it costs us.”
We are focusing our laughably meager climate change mitigation efforts on electric cars and renewable energy. Until we address the bull in the room – so to speak – and deal with our filthy, wasteful, poorly managed and corrupt agriculture system, we’re going to get precisely nowhere. It’s long past time that we start paying the true cost of our consumptive lifestyles.
Credit to Seth for this post.
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Cattle Farmer Says New Livestock Grazing Method Could Save Grasslands, Reverse Desertification
I thought this article interesting in regard to raising beef .
Good morning Nancy, there are absolutely ecologically sound ways to raise grazing animals like cattle; if properly managed and stocked, these animals can regenerate damaged lands. The way we produce CAFO cattle in this country, however, is utterly devastating for animals, humans and the planet. As the drought in the American Southwest intensifies, we’re going to realize that raising cattle out here doesn’t work after all. I’m hopeful that perhaps we’re starting to acknowledge that changes have to be made across the board.