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    “veganism will not fix all of humanity’s problems, but no solution will be complete without it.”

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    It’s an article about environmental impact

    "The impacts of vegans were a quarter of those of high meat eaters for greenhouse gas emissions, and land use, just 27% of the impacts for water pollution, 46% for water use and 34% for biodiversity. "

    But let’s be honest, you probably dont care, no one seems to care. People who do care are unusual and caring and taking action is unusual and might even earn you derision.

    Personally I’m still trying to figure out whether there’s any point in trying to change anyone’s mind. I have a feeling it’s a hopeless waste of energy, which is terrible. If the people do do care lose all will to try to encourage others to see what seems obvious then nothing will get better, it will probably get worse.

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      I don’t think convincing average people to go 100% full vegan is a good strategy. What I would focus on is convincing people to eat less meat, eggs, dairy, etc. It can be a gradual process to even further reduction, or even just a permanent flat reduction is still an improvement.

      Convincing two people to reduce their animal consumption by 50% is as good as convincing one person to go full vegan.

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        i think ed winters has changed his focus from moralizing and guilt-tripping and is now actively trying to make vegan foods more available/accessible. so i don’t even think you need to talk about meat at all: just offer people food that happens to be vegan. and i don’t mean trick them into eating a soyburger: just make food that is naturally vegan and tastey and then that’s the meal someone has eaten instead of a meaty one.

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          To add to this, a good dish that’s inherently vegan is always going to be better than a meat-based dish with the meat replaced.

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            Amen to that - plants are delicious on their own, no need to try (and fail) to make fake meet with them. Just like I don’t want/need my pork chops to taste kinda-sorta but not quite like tofu or beans, I don’t want/need my tofu or beans to taste kinda-sorta but not quite like pork chops…

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          Moralizing and guilt-tripping is never going to work. People will dig their heels in harder or completely cut out your message as toxic and abusive (and let’s be honest, guilt-tripping is toxic and abusive shit and people who engage in it should be cut out of your life anyway).

          Making items more accessible, available, and affordable is going to do more for your cause than turning a bunch of people away from you ever could.

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      I think a solution is going to be less about changing minds, and more about changing incentives.

      Meat-free food should be cheaper and easier. Walking into a supermarket or convenience store, one should be greeted with affordable, tasty, plant-based meals. The more affordable and accessible we make plant-based meals, the more people are going to eat them. And showing people that they can taste just as good as meat-based meals, will mean people won’t immediately steer clear of them.

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        It’d also be great if they were nutritionally equivalent.

        Plant based meats aren’t equivalent to animal meat on that front.

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          Plant-based diets are usually superior, health-wise, to meat-based diets.

          There are a couple of nutrients that vegan diets at one point may have fell short in, like B12 and D being common examples, but at this point those are present in fortified vegan milks or breads.

          The only other ones I can think of off the top of my head are a fatty acid present in fish, that is easily supplemented. Or less essential nutrients like taurine, which are also easily supplemented if one finds that they really need higher levels.

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            Exactly. Most livestock gets supplemented B12 anyway, since the ground/soil is too clean for it to occur naturally like in the past. Might as well cut out the middlemancow.

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            It can be difficult to get enough protein with vegan options for people who aren’t knowledgeable about the options.

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              Not really. Protein is not something particularly difficult in a reasonably balanced vegan diet, for most people. There are plenty of dietary sources of protein in vegan cooking.

              Anybody requiring particularly high levels of protein is probably already supplementing it. Usually with vegan sources anyway.

              Of all the possible deficiencies in a vegan diet, protein is by far the least of people’s, already small, worries.

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                I didn’t say they don’t, I said it’s difficult for people who don’t know how. You have to spend time on education when you go vegan.

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      Of course this is just one anecdote, but I stopped eating meat for the climate, because of the numbers. People posting papers, making informative comments (like your first half) changed my mind.

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      I don’t think you can change many minds. It would be more effective to make factory farming illegal so that meat prices increase dramatically. People will eat less meat when they can’t afford not to.

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        Again, factory farming seems so, totally, horrific it’s obvious that it should be consigned to history.

        But feeling that way is something that only a tiny minority of people seem to share. Most people just don’t care.

        People love meat and are willing to totally ignore the suffering behind it. Never mind environmental impacts. .

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        That would be nice, but in a democracy, no one is going to vote to inconvenience to themselves. We have to find motivation by other means than being forced, or we will create a society where nothing good happens without being forced to.

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          in a democracy, no one is going to vote to inconvenience to themselves.

          Some people will, because they recognize that something is more important than their own convenience. But there are, regrettably, a lot who won’t.

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            Look at the election in the Netherlands, the government had declared plans to reduce the nitrogen poisoning by the animal industry, the animalfarmers made a campaign and the people voted for a conservative right “farmers party”

            We need to show support or those who are against change will win.

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      No individual average person can do anything of significance to fight climate change or have a meaningful impact on the global environment. Only governments or massive organizations can.

      If you could do an alternate reality type thing, where one version of you lives a perfect life, environmentally speaking, and the other version lives the worst, the world would be the same at the end of both.

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        Its not about one person preventing climate change alone, first step is not supporting climate change. Then people around you see that it’s not black magic and that they can do it too. We are now at 2%, 3%? vegans. A change in society needs 10% to have a critical mass. If you decide to go vegan, for the animals, for the climate, for your health, and make others think about and maybe even change one other persons view you did better than most.

        If you don’t you are not passive, you are actively supporting it and showing others that its OK.

        • Eating meat is actively supporting the industry and everything that comes with it.

        • Silently not supporting it with a plant based diet is the passive position.

        • Actively fighting against it is the real fight against the industry.

        Governments will not act against the will of the voters alone. They have to have some support to even consider making change. Massive organizations live from the participation from people, from you.

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          I don’t eat meat. But that’s beside the point.

          There’s a difference between one person doing something and 10% of the population doing it. The latter would have a meaningful impact, but the former would not.

          And the key part of my point is the average individual cannot make 10% of the population do anything.

          If 10% of the population are vegetarians, it has nothing to do with what any single person did. A single person is almost always powerless to affect the world.

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            I have not power over 10%, like you said. But have the power over me, and my choices and for what I want to be responsible. 10% is just 800.000 single persons making a choice and not hiding from responsibility.

            It is not going away and will only be more urgent and more visible. You don’t have to do it alone if you want to have more impact. Join groups and organizations, go out and protest. If you want change it does not have to stop at your plate. Go out and talk to people about why you are vegan, be the change you want to see.

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                See, even more single persons, do you think it is a single hive? those are all individuals you claim don’t change anything.

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              If you want change it does not have to stop at your plate

              it doesnt even need to start on your plate. your plate neednt be involved at all, i think.

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                It is the single change everyone can make with the biggest impact. But don’t worry, a) you are old enough that you don’t matter b) you will see the future vegan because we would have to grind everything else to 0 if we want to support the animal industry, it alone will increase temperature by 2°C and from 3°C and upwards there is no more animal industry possible due to harvest loss and increased energy demand. Just chill and think you have done more than every vegan because you are not driving a car, well done, you are the one with no car.

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      But let’s be honest, you probably dont care, no one seems to care. People who do care are unusual and caring and taking action is unusual and might even earn you derision.

      That’s not really true is it? There have never been more, better and more popular vegan food options. And while the number of actual vegans is (still?) low, the “less meat” contingent is growing every second.

      We have definitely rounded a corner here.

      And I haven’t seen any outright derision of vegetarians of vegans since I left college. And that was a long time ago.

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      If you think I’m going without the odd sausage roll, pizza, spagbol or chippy tea when we’ve got near-billionaire cunts like Sunak whizzing about the place in private jets, allowing companies to extract more gas from the North Sea, and going on mad rants about anti-car policies, you can think again.

      The world is miserable enough without having to eat vegan food.

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          @lankybiker @Blackmist well clearly not everyone thinks like him, coz what, 4% of the population are vegan? I’m Team Vegan. I’m really rooting for those guys. I hope they can pull us right out of this mess. I wish them the best of luck.

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            If you think veganism will save the world, you should probably look at a graph of greenhouse gas sources.

            I don’t drive. I’ve already done more than vegans ever will. Got an electric car? Good for you, but in the US that will still be powered by 60-70% coal and gas.

            The only thing vegans have is the moral superiority on animal cruelty.

            The only thing that will save the world is to stop burning fossil fuels. The only people that can force that change are governments. Once again those in charge have turned the people on each other. “Look at him, he’s eating meat! Doesn’t he know he’s killing the planet?”, while they’re authorising another gas powerplant being built, or pushing back the banning of petrol cars by five years.

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              @Blackmist no, I don’t think veganism will save the world on its own. No single solution will… but veganism will be part of the solution. Animal farming contributes about 10% of the green house gasses, so it’s not an insignificant amount.

              The world could ban office work in favour of remote work tomorrow. Eliminating the daily commute for a large portion of people would be a huge win fighting gas emissions. They can then repurpose those empty skyscrapers as lab grown meat factories.

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                Even there, the 10% (and I’ve seen figures between 8% and 15%) is mostly going to be from the extra fossil fuels used in the production of it, growing the corn, etc, that feeds them, transporting the feed, transporting all the livestock and meat around, refrigeration… Aside from the livestock breathing and farting, it’s nearly all power.

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              https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.aba7357

              Mind you, this is from 2 years ago: If we stopped all fossil fuels at that time, our diet would alone increase the temperature by 2°C

              It is vastly proven by studies that vegans not only act different in regards of their diet but also in every other aspect, so you are not special. Vegans don’t need more cars than any other group.

              Even if we could afford to kill billions each year for taste, you yourself stated that it is morally preferable not to. So what is your excuse?

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                So what is your excuse?

                I like meat and dairy and I don’t care about the moral part of it at all.

                If it’s available for me to buy, I will continue to eat it.

                It really is as simple as that.

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        I’m not vegan or even vegetarian, but vegan food is for the most part absolutely awesome and not “miserable” in the slightest. I’ve had to seriously cut back on meat for health reasons, and I’ve discovered…I just don’t miss meat. Vegan/vegetarian food is often just better.

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          You do you. But it’s mostly for your health, rather than the environment.

          Personally I don’t even eat a lot of meat. I just don’t enjoy vegetables, and I’m certainly not giving up cheese. That shit is awesome.

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        Ohhh I most definitely am in a bubble. But it’s also just common sense. You have to produce plant food, then ship the food to cows for them to eat and grow then to be killed and eaten. And it’s not like you put 60 kilos in and you get 60 kilos of meat. Just look at yourself for an example. So it’s only natural that if you simply feed the plants to the humans it would be better in every way. People should know this shit mate.

        I asked how bad this really is: to produce one kilogram of beef requires 25 kilograms of grain – to feed the animal – and roughly 15,000 litres of water

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          animals are fed parts of plants that people can’t or won’t eat. and cows eat mostly grass.

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            Yeah and no. Cows eat about 2% of their weight each day. Over 98% of this comes from food that we grow for them. It’s true that a lot of it we humans wouldn’t eat, but we still grow it for them to eat. The idea of cows eating grass in a field and that’s what they eat is extremely rare.

            For the US as a example less than 1% of the cows feed is grass. The majority of things like soy (77% of what is grown and we could eat) goes to cow feed.

            “There were about 92 million head of cattle in the United States at the end of 2015, with roughly 30 million head slaughtered that year. For perspective, the grass-fed industry currently slaughters about 230,000 head, or less than 1% of the total conventional slaughter.”

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              • approximate percent of soybean that is oil = 20.00
              • percent of soy fed directly to animals = 7.00
              • percent of soy fed to dairy = 1.4
              • percent of soy fed to beef = 0.5
              • percent of soy fed to pets = 0.5
              • percent of soy fed to aquaculture = 5.6
              • percent of soy fed to pig = 20.2
              • percent of soy fed to poultry = 37.0
              • percent of soy that becomes human food = 20.00
              • percent of soy that becomes oil for food = 13.2
              • percent of soy that becomes soy milk = 2.1
              • percent of soy that becomes tofu = 2.6
              • percent of soy that becomes tempeh etc = 2.2
              • percent of soy that is fed to animals = 76.0
              • percent of soy that is used industrially = 4.00
              • percent of soy that becomes biodiesel = 2.8
              • percent of soy that becomes lubricants = .03
              • percent of soy that has other industrial uses = .07
              • percent of soy not fed directly to animals = 93.00
              • if all soy not fed directly to livestock were pressed for oil = (approximate percent of soybean that is oil / 100) * percent of soy not fed directly to animals
              • soy eaten not as oil = percent of soy that becomes soy milk + percent of soy that becomes tofu + percent of soy that becomes tempeh etc
              • if all soy not eaten directly by livestock and not as non-oil food is pressed for oil = (percent of soy not fed directly to animals - soy eaten not as oil) * approximate percent of soybean that is oil / 100

              If we take 7% of all soy out because it’s fed directly to animals, and another 6.9% is eaten, but not as oil, and 20% of each of the remaining beans are made of oil, we find 17.22% is the maximum amount of oil we could get if all the soy beans not fed to animals or eaten by people are pressed for oil.

              It turns out that the chart shows 13.2% is oil for humans to eat, and 4.0% is used industrially (and these are all oil uses), totaling 17.2%,then basically all soy not eaten directly by animals or as various human foods is pressed for oil.

              source https://ourworldindata.org/uploads/2021/02/Global-soy-production-to-end-use.png

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              “grass fed” means they aren’t grain-finisged, but most of their diet is grass until they get to the feedlot.

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              almost all soy is pressed for oil. what is fed to livestock is almost entirely industrial waste from that process.

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                Using it to make plant-based meat alternatives or tofu or soy milk would be more efficient than feeding it to animals, where most of the nutrients and calories are used up by their metabolism.

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                  yea. we do. but we don’t use all of it for human food. i don’t see anything better to do with the industrial waste than feed it to livestock.

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        EDIT: Ignore … I didn’t realise this was all about the environment … though that being said … it’s basic common sense … each stage of processing adds inefficiencies.

        It’s fairly universal common sense that plenty of fruit and vegetables and core to a healthy diet. From there it really isn’t a stretch to at least wonder whether going vegan is pretty healthy. The only things that would preclude such an idea from seeming feasible are probably propaganda around dairy and meta products, unfortunately. But even then, you can start thinking about the health problems of red meat and high fat diets.

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    Yeah but people will continue to be misinformed about dietary protein, and think eating fruits and vegetables is for wusses.

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      My dad is old and fat and is out of breath when he gets into a car. He eats cheap sometimes spoiled meat 3 times a day, everything he cooks is somehow the greasiest food i have ever seen.
      I have a BMI of 21. I do an average of 18000 steps a day and mountain bike on the weekend.

      Somehow he’s embarrassed about my vegan diet and gives me tips on how to eat right and tells me that i’m godda die soon for the past 5 years.
      I have many friends like that. Bro, i need that protein. You are overweight and you don’t do any sports at all.
      I dunno, i find it very odd.

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        From what I’ve seen its often just genuine ignorance. Thinking plants are entirely carbs, needing protein for muscle so of course you only get protein from animal muscle, and that old myth of incomplete proteins. Ill be honest I had the same assumption that something like a potato is entirely carbs

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          In those instances, the argument I’ve found to be the most persuasive is to ask them to think about some of the strongest animals out there: gorillas, rhinos, African elephants, horses, even the cattle they chose to consume. All of those animals “get swol” while eating nothing but plants.

          If they can get all the protein they need to be some of the most powerful mammals on the planet, I will probably be ok.

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        Do you have any recipes you can share? I’m vegan, but I think I’m not eating a balanced diet

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          Learn how to cook tofu.

          Try pressing it before cooking.

          Try freezing it before cooking.

          Try extra firm

          Try silken

          Try frying,

          Try baking,

          Try grilling.

          Not everyone likes it the same way. But the beauty of it is: there’s no “wrong way” to do it.

          Personally, I press the excess water out, rip it into chunks, little olive oil, little corn starch, and air fry it for 15 mins. Drown it in Buffalo sauce, wrap it up in a tortilla with lettuce tomato and pickle… my god.

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          I like quorn a lot for everything that i used chicken for. There are different brands, it’s just the one i like the most. Some of it is vegetarian, some vegan as far as i know, but i have never seen the vegeterian ones. Beyond burgers are pretty good, there are a lot of different brands now, they vary in taste a bit. I really like beans a lot, especially red beans, and i usually just mix them in, but there are some great recipes around them, for me it’s more like a lazy meal and i like them enough.
          Chickpea i just blend with salt and pretty much whatever i feel like and use it as a spread. My favourite is chickpea, parsley, garlic, salt and olive oil. I also mix in olives or curry depending on what i feel like.
          I really like ratatouille, you can make an easy trowitallinapanandcook it version or the tedious more presentable one that is way worth making in my opinion.
          I’m not the biggest fan of tofu, because i’m not a fan of the consistency, but i sometimes throw it in a salad after i cooked it with some ginger.
          Fake chicken nuggets and fake fishsticks are really good, at least the one they sell over here, although, i don’t actually know how healthy they are.
          Pea soup is one of my favourite things and it’s also probably the easiest. For a base it’s just peas, shallots, garlic and broth. For some extra zing, i kick in a bunch of parsley olive oil and lemon juice.

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      Fruits and vegetables are (mostly) delicious.

      So is a bacon cheeseburger.

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      People don’t want to be vegan for a variety of issues.

      My personal problem comes with things like not eating honey. Beekeepers keep bee populations healthy. Those bees pollinate the food vegans eat. But for some dumb ass reason vegans are against it.

      I’m all for moving away from meat, but exclusion shouldn’t be the focus. The majority of people will never convert to vegan diet, but we CAN get them to replace some of what they eat with vegetarian alternatives.

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          Telling people to go vegan generally includes not eating honey since it’s an animal by-product, just like eggs, animal milk, or cheeses.

          Now, if you want to tell them to eat a vegetarian diet, then yeah, honey, eggs, animal milk, cheese, etc, would all still be on the table.

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    It is amazing how the focus shift from blaming gas and oil industries and focus on food. Blaming individuals, with a sub message ( you are the reason for climate change because you buy animal products) while big corporations and their investors, and ceos continue enjoying their massive wealth.

    Disclaimer, didn’t read the article but the title it triggering…

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      Why we can’t ignore the meat industry’s climate impact

      We also need to address fossil fuels, but the meat industry is large enough in emissions to make us miss climate targets even if fossil fuels were eliminated today

      To have any hope of meeting the central goal of the Paris Agreement, which is to limit global warming to 2°C or less, our carbon emissions must be reduced considerably, including those coming from agriculture. Clark et al. show that even if fossil fuel emissions were eliminated immediately, emissions from the global food system alone would make it impossible to limit warming to 1.5°C and difficult even to realize the 2°C target. Thus, major changes in how food is produced are needed if we want to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

      (emphasis mine)

      https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.aba7357

      There’s not really a way around consumption being reduced. It’s going to be hard to implement any systematic solutions to reducing meat consumption if people don’t take that step themselves too


      The environment is more than just greenhouse gases emissions

      But I should also point out that there’s more to the environment than just climate change which is why I would suggest at least skimming things before commenting for the future. The article and even its title (“across a range of environmental measures”) include much more than just greenhouse gas emissions.

      on the environmental impact of their diets was assessed in relation to greenhouse gas emissions, land use, water use, water pollution risk and biodiversity loss.

      […]

      The impacts of vegans were a quarter of those of high meat eaters for greenhouse gas emissions, and land use, just 27% of the impacts for water pollution, 46% for water use and 34% for biodiversity.


      Other studies and environmental metrics

      Why best case production of animal products still come out worse than worse-case production of plants

      Plant-based foods have a significantly smaller footprint on the environment than animal-based foods. Even the least sustainable vegetables and cereals cause less environmental harm than the lowest impact meat and dairy products [9].

      https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/14/8/1614/htm

      Many argue that this overlooks the large variation in the footprints of foods across the world. Using global averages might give us a misleading picture for some parts of the world or some producers. If I source my beef or lamb from low-impact producers, could they have a lower footprint than plant-based alternatives? The evidence suggests, no: plant-based foods emit fewer greenhouse gases than meat and dairy, regardless of how they are produced.

      […]

      Plant-based protein sources – tofu, beans, peas and nuts – have the lowest carbon footprint. This is certainly true when you compare average emissions. But it’s still true when you compare the extremes: there’s not much overlap in emissions between the worst producers of plant proteins, and the best producers of meat and dairy. https://ourworldindata.org/less-meat-or-sustainable-meat

      Deforestation

      Extensive cattle ranching is the number one culprit of deforestation in virtually every Amazon country, and it accounts for 80% of current deforestation

      https://wwf.panda.org/discover/knowledge_hub/where_we_work/amazon/amazon_threats/unsustainable_cattle_ranching/

      Draining desert’s water

      Correspondingly, our hydrologic modelling reveals that cattle-feed irrigation is the leading driver of flow depletion in one-third of all western US sub-watersheds; cattle-feed irrigation accounts for an average of 75% of all consumptive use in these 369 sub-watersheds. During drought years (that is, the driest 10% of years), more than one-quarter of all rivers in the western US are depleted by more than 75% during summer months (Fig. 2 and Supplementary Fig. 2) and cattle-feed irrigation is the largest water use in more than half of these heavily depleted rivers

      https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1064&context=wffdocs

      Biodiversity loss

      Livestock farmers often claim that their grazing systems “mimic nature”. If so, the mimicry is a crude caricature. A review of evidence from over 100 studies found that when livestock are removed from the land, the abundance and diversity of almost all groups of wild animals increases

      https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/16/most-damaging-farm-products-organic-pasture-fed-beef-lamb

      Increased synthetic fertilizer usage for animal products

      Thus, shifting from animal to plant sources of protein can substantially reduce fertilizer requirements, even with maximal use of animal manure

      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0921344922006528

      Etc.

      There’s a number more but this comment is already getting too long

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      One can fight oil and gas on a plant based diet just as well.

      This is a simple choice each individual makes three times a day, what to eat.

      Doesn’t need political approval, doesn’t need majorities, no investment and no infrastructure required. If you understand how serious the climate crisis is, eating plant based should come as a no brainer. And if you understand, you won’t stop there.

      It’s still a systemic crisis which cannot be solved on the individual level, true. In an ideal world, plant based diets would become the norm through various means. But why wait for that if you understand it’s the right thing to do?

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        There is simply too much in life to care about. And we all care about different things. And nobody can care about all the things that we should care about. Even more so when caring about a cause involves making sacrifices in order to support that cause.

        So without systemic change, you will never convince a critical mass of individuals to care enough to sacrifice enough to make a meaningful difference.

        So the focus on the individual as the unit of change is as good as saying “do nothing”.

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          Well,.I personally like to bring some compassion into my life. it’s not possible in all parts of life at all times.

          But honestly, it just seems like a no brainer to not eat meat. Such a cruel and pointless pleasure. The only real argument is that it tastes good. Taste being such an ephemeral experience.

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      You’re upset because you don’t want to accept your piece of the pie when it comes to responsibility. This is childish.

      The title should trigger you, but not too be upset with billionaires; although certainly you can be upset with them for their much larger pieces of the pie.

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      Rather than looking it as shifting the blame, could you not see it as another way in which you can make an impact?

      We are where we are and we collectively need to reduce our environmental impact. Being conscious of what you eat is one way to do that, if you want to help.

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      Because tradition: see war, crime, reality TV

      The only way to win this is with affordable traditional vegan options (the stuff our grandparents used to eat, but didn’t call vegan), but with lettuce at the same price as pork and vegan cheese that is 50% fat and triple the price, most people who can’t soak their own beans, many can’t or have time to even cook, this is not going to work.

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        Yup. I have nothing against being Vegan and we have dramatically cut our meat… but Vegans act like it’s easy. It’s not… make it easier and not super expensive and I will go for it.

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    As is tradition, a paper proofs something that should be common sense and as is tradition too, it will likely be ignored. It’s a sad world to live in.

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    Jeez what a title. I bet most folks read the title and assume it means better for health reasons not environmental reasons.

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        Yes, but at the very end, and humans are unfortunately known to only half-dead titles and then run with it haha.

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        I’m pretty sure I read a meta analysis that concluded that a little meat is better than no meat. But that hardly matters bc when you tell someone about paleo they end up shoveling chicken, beef, and dairy down their throat with little to no vegetables and fruits (I think from the same analysis)

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        Ohh, you’ve got proof a vegan diet is better for you? It’s definitely something I’ve heard but I’ve never seen the proof.

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    I’m in my 40s and the “rah rah steak!” Folks are dying from cancer and illness. I had to reduce my meat intake.

    My tin foil hat believes the lax US laws on meat means it’s being pumped with some serious bad shit to keep meat prices from being so high compared to other countries. Not to mention our general health (and lack of affordable healthcare) means many more folks are succumbing to these illnesses.

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    I don’t give two shits about enviornmental measures, how is it by dietary measures?

    Oh, right:

    https://www.saintlukeskc.org/about/news/research-shows-vegan-diet-leads-nutritional-deficiencies-health-problems-plant-forward

    "avoiding all animal foods may lead to nutritional deficiencies in vitamin B12, omega-3, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, and high-quality protein.

    These deficiencies may be associated with increased risk for certain types of cancer, stroke, bone fractures, preterm birth, and failure to thrive. Avoiding consumption of animal-sourced food may also be related to higher rates of depression and anxiety. Hair loss, weak bones, muscle wasting, skin rashes, hypothyroidism, and anemia are other issues that have been observed in those strictly following a vegan diet."

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      Notice the may.

      Eating animal foods is also linked to increased risk of certain types of cancer, stroke, etc. It’s totally possible to avoid malnutrition even on a vegan diet. It just requires some consideration.

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      The full paper promotes a plant-forward diet supplemented with modest amounts of nose-to-tail animal consumption. Even this paper isn’t promoting the rampant consumption of animal muscle typical of western diets.

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      • B12 is fed to animals. This is where the b12 comes from. Meat eaters are having their food supplemented also.

      • There are many plant foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids with good omega ratios. Such as flax, hemp seeds, and chia.

      • Minerals are common in plant foods, very common. For example, kidney beans and leafy greens.

      • The idea of vegans diets being deficient in protein is laughable and intentionally misleading. For example, beans on toast is a complete protein source.

      These articles are either aimed at college students, greatly misinformed, or shills for animal agriculture.–

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    Even better results can be achieved by unaliving yourself.

    Also in case anyone wanted to know without reading the paper they define “high” meat eaters as “(≥100 g d−1)” so I assume more then 100grams a day.

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      Your math is flawed:

      A plant based diet reduces the impact by -3/4, your solution by -1

      If i convince 4 others to do the same, or 8 to reduce it by half my impact is -3 not counting cascading effects.

      That is if you would follow trough with your suggestion which I have doubts. So not only is your solution not better, it is worse and you don’t act the way you propose.

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        this is only true if you believe the myth that you’re responsible for your"carbon footprint" instead of the people who are actually making the emissions.

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          Just because one is paying someone to create emissions does not make them responsible because someone else did it?

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              ah, they use their private money to burn oil in their backyard. alright.

              the animal industry would just keep breeding and abusing animals despite no one buying their stuff. OK.

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                you don’t seem to understand how linear time works. polluters pollute before anyone buys their product. whether anyone buys the product or not, the pollution has already happened.

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                  Ah, the “the damage is already done” argument. Has anyone told you that you pay for the next victim of the industry? Buying the product supports the industry and keeps it alive.

                  Maybe you have no concept of future.

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        What if I, like above, convince 4 others to do the same?

        (oh do we do that whole /s thing here?)

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          How big is your suicide cult right now? I have been vegan for over 5 years and made a impact on many others while you talk smart on the internet. You just justify not taking responsibility with a stupid hyperbolic example you don’t follow trough. I can advocate going vegan because I follow trough. You, you are just pathetic.

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            ahhh, I get it now. Here I can perhaps help this misunderstanding a little; not everything has to be a cult or cult like. Sometimes I like to make a little joke on the math provided but that does not mean I am inactive or not taking responsibility.

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      That’s the fun part. None, really. I still eat like a king, my meals might even be tastier nowadays.

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        I actually have no problems with vegans or vegetarians. If you’re doing it for your own reasons that great. If you’re yelling at me that “meat is murder and chicken eggs are rape” then you’re a crazy person.

        I just like the taste of meat, and the benefits of vegetarian or vegan diets are not worth the trouble right now. If plant alternatives price out eggs, then I’ll switch. Until then, I’m just buying the best food I can afford.

        Edit: fixed “have to problems” to “have no peoblems”

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          I’ll be the crazy person. Where does meat come from, it not from murder?