However, a point that I’ve kind of missed in all of this is the fact that our world could not sustain a vegan diet. From the beginning of time, both plants and animals have inhabited almost all parts of the earth. Although the agricultural systems needed to keep pace with the rapidly growing human populations are undeniably an extreme model, it makes sense that a crop and livestock model would fit the natural world’s vision closer than one devoid of animals.
As usual, I don’t make such claims without some background research to support it. When you sit down to actually read the scholarly literature surrounding the topic, instead of saving the world by binging Netflix, you realize that the data collected on the topic paints a very disturbing picture of an entirely crop-based agricultural system.
The truth is that farmers are the most passionate environmentalists you’ll ever meet. The well-being of the land is not just some charity case to them. It is their livelihood, and the livelihood of their children. And they understand that things like going out and waving signs at the White House (that’s wasting paper, man!) or funding expensive documentaries to pay for clearing land for a tennis court in their backyard (@LeoDiCaprio) does Mother Earth no good. Farmers’ environmental work is much more hands-on.
Whether it’s using biotechnology to get the most out of their soil with fewer resources, using satellite technology and large equipment that reduces their amount of passes (and thus fuel), or using animal genetics and nutrition to make faster growing animals that consume less feed, farmers are miracle workers that are feeding humanity and doing it in the most eco-friendly way possible.
We have no better use for plant food-processing byproducts than livestock grain ingredients, so taking away farm animals would make them into pollutants