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Choosing chicken over beef cuts our carbon footprints a surprising amount

Choosing chicken over beef cuts our carbon footprints a surprising amount

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  • I like what Protein Industries Canada and other global food clusters are doing in researching and exploring alternatives to the status quo. How the article frames the issue is questionable. Probably paid by some of the big poultry businesses (half-joking of course — to a point).

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  • The flip side, of course, is that eating beef lowers aggregate animal suffering. One human can eat a chicken in a day, I'd be surprised if anyone eats a whole cow in a year.

  • Another caveat: As with all studies about diet, asking people to actually remember what they had to eat and truthfully tell you should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, if responses are a close approximation of the actual American diet this is one other piece of the puzzle when considering how to

    Another caveat: As with all studies about diet, asking people to actually remember what they had to eat and truthfully tell you should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, if responses are a close approximation of the actual American diet this is one other piece of the puzzle when considering how to feed a growing and increasingly affluent global population.

  • It is inaccurate assessment, but there are actually far more carbon emission light sources of protein then even chickens. Biologically the large percentage of the world's population could just as easily live off of insects, plankton, kelp, seaweeds or algae. Each one of these has a far shorter reproduction

    It is inaccurate assessment, but there are actually far more carbon emission light sources of protein then even chickens. Biologically the large percentage of the world's population could just as easily live off of insects, plankton, kelp, seaweeds or algae. Each one of these has a far shorter reproduction cycle than even chickens, and does not have the greenhouse penalty for chicken feed. But then how many people want to eat kelp, plankton, seaweed or algae, much less insects?

  • It’s comforting to see stories like these trending. I was surprised when I learned the outsized impact the beef industry has on the climate crisis. Giving up beef is something that we can all do to make a huge difference.

  • These are the baby steps that government can influence in order to achieve goals without creating anything new, nor does it destroy ranchers.

  • As an organic grower chicken is just easier and cleaner than even chicken. Commercial chicken houses cause the growers to spend money on grain, wormers, antibiotics, and more just to get birds to expected weight and 'health' for market. Which goes to the health of the person eating this chicken, beef

    As an organic grower chicken is just easier and cleaner than even chicken. Commercial chicken houses cause the growers to spend money on grain, wormers, antibiotics, and more just to get birds to expected weight and 'health' for market. Which goes to the health of the person eating this chicken, beef, lamb etc. This is a real cost. The medicines used on animals are not benign. Antibiotics reek havoc in the human microbiome which compromise immune system. Suffice to say, a domino effect to human health and Earth health is what we are witnessing now. It will not get better. Organic growers habitually sequester carbon simply by how we grow and raise livestock. We, unlike our commercial counterpart, also know when something does not work. Commercial farming is concerned with money not health of people and the earth that sustains us. Govt promotes by subsidizing farming that is light years behind the science of sustainability. As to eating bugs etc, we do just in the form of pasture raised chicken. So, the next time you balk at the price of organic birds/food remember you will be satisfied not full, your microbiome will thank you.

  • ... there’s something easy we can do to help fix that. 👁ENVIRONMENT💐

  • Hmmm. .@linuxandyarn!