This is a question that a colleague asked me a couple years ago, and it just keeps coming back to me. If one becomes informed about the damage that our meat consumption is causing on the planet, does it become immoral for one to consume meat? Say, if you watch a couple documentaries on Netflix and continue consuming meat, does that make you a bad person? I don't really have an answer. I think about it every time I eat a burger.
Maybe splitting the big industrial production livestocks into smaller local ones and the promotion/support of it could be part of the solution. Idk. Also, the pesticides/chemicals massively used in agricultural production should be pointed out and it's just as bad. So I'm just trying to eat local as much as possible, meat and vegetables. Not going to stop eating good meat (I don't tell people they are bad based on what they eat). I might test a veggie burger out of curiosity.
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If it's all done in one place, waste can be dealt with at scale. I'd argue local is worse for the environment, while what's best would be moving food production into highly industrialized vertical farms and vats colocated in the cities where people are. China relied on small local farms and it resulted in famines, which is why they started moving people to cities and industrializing food production. Self-sufficiency is the road to poverty.
Well maybe local farms are more adequate for small states like Belgium where I live. I don't know if we can put all countries on the same basket as China, each one has its political, geographic and demographic constrains, I guess farms should scale up with the size of the country or operate for a group of neighboring countries so to avoid exporting on the other side of the planet when you could produce closer to your place (as far as possible). If that makes sense...
That is very true, and a very good approach to the problem. Do you buy your produce from farmer's markets? I found that they rarely have any meat where I live.
A farmer, directly on site, not very far from where I live. Meat and vegetables and it is not mass production/livestocks. No hormones, pesticides and culture rotation as far as I know. So yeah, it's one of the many problems we have to tackle. I think about oceans plastic pollution as well. And I love eating fish too. Much more complicated to avoid even with aquaculture. How could we clean oceans w/ an increase in global plastic production? That's even a tougher problem IMHO.