ztudying asked:

Hi there! I don't know if you answer questions like mine, but re: the post about animals being killed for crops, in terms of reducing harm to animals, it is still better to avoid animal products. My reasoning for this is that it takes around 10lb of grain to produce 1lb of meat; also, 40% of the world's grain is harvested for animal agriculture. Therefore, according to supply and demand, fewer farmed animals means less grain harvesting, which reduces total non-human animal deaths, correct?

The “10 lbs of grain to 1 lb of meat” statistic is based on the worst possible numbers from US-American feedlot factory farms (right off the bat it’s easy to see it’s an American statistic, because it’s not in metric). It assumes a few things:

  • That the animal is on a 100% grain diet
  • That the meat in question is from cattle
  • That the organs are not being consumed (this is not true here in Europe, where products like head cheese, hearts, and liver paste are commonly consumed by people, and other offal is made into sausage and pet food).
  • That meat is the only viable product of animal agriculture (there is also gelatin, leather, and valuable organic fertilisers like bone meal, and blood meal, as well as manure).
  • That the grain being consumed by animals is of a quality where it could be consumed by humans.

I’ve been very clear in my writing that I don’t support factory farming, support a drastic reduction in the amount of meat consumed (which is why I work extensively with perennial food plants and fruiting trees), support sustainable hunting, and support raising animals on pasture with little to no supplemental feed where possible. In day-to-day life, I actually eat a pretty lacto-ovo vegetarian diet.

I think the point still stands, however, that if pastureland is managed responsibly, it is a biodiverse habitat for insects, flora, and other animals, unlike a monoculture crop

Just running with the cattle example (and not going in to raising smaller livestock):

Last time I was down in the Alps, I was camping in among dairy cattle that were being raised eating alpine vegetation, and have been doing so for 5000 years (it’s a grazing system called Alpine transhumance).

My uncle ranches angus cattle near the badlands of Canada, which is land that is not arable without intensive irrigation, but is made productive by animal agriculture.

Many Maasai and Dinka people live lives completely centred around herding, and cattle meet almost all of their nutritional needs (milk and blood in particular).

Basically, my point is that there are sustainable and traditional ways to raise livestock for food, many of which are currently being used, globally. Many of these systems are based on having a very intimate care and understanding of the animals, because it involves spending so much time with them.

Herding and hunting are particularly vital to human survival in extremely arid climates, and above the tree line.

The worst statistics about grain-fed animals in the US, or animals raised in deforested areas of Brasil don’t reflect the diversity of systems that people around the world use to support their existence.

We all know that everyone needs to eat, but we tend to overlook the fact that it’s not efficient to cycle grain though animals. The production of a pound of feedlot beef requires sixteen pounds of corn and soybeans. From the point of view of world hunger, if you feed corn and soybeans to livestock, you’re actually wasting most of the protein and other nutrients that you’ve grown. If you think about the vast numbers of people who are starving on our planet, it begins to look like a crime against humanity to take 80% of the corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. today and feed it to livestock. But that is exactly what we are doing, so we can have cheap meat. Cheap, that is, if you don’t count the human suffering that is and will be caused by climate deterioration, the cruelty to billions of animals, and the unmet food needs of hundreds of millions of people.
—  The New Good Life, by John Robbins

Miniature cattle are the perfect size livestock for smaller farms and acreages, they are much easier and safer to handle than standard sized cattle, and they are ideal as organic or grass-fed beef.

Butchering one animal provides the right amount of meat for a small family and has more choice-cuts. One “mini-cow” will feed a family of four for six months. Mini-milk cows are perfect for families who prefer cows milk to goats milk and wish to consume organic, hormone-free milk.

Minis range in size at three years of age from 36″ in height to a maximum of 48″. This is one-half to one-third the size of normal cattle.

Read more via Ten Miniature Cattle Breeds for your Small Farm

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Over two million Americans suffer from an antibiotic-resistant infection every year, and 23,000 people die. The FDA has known about the problem of antibiotics misuse since at least 1977, but has not required farmers to stop this dangerous practice.

Detroit pig poops in cop car after arrest

7 Action News reports that Shelby Township Police Department responded to a call to pick up the snouted criminal. Debbie DeRiemaecker had been doing some yard work when the pig started charging at her, and was only able to dial 911 after it got distracted by a decorative ball.

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