Originally Posted by igCorcaigh
Our modern industrial ways of
consuming animals producing food has, for some, become completely devoid of compassion and separated from our natural origins.
Some people, for ethical and completely understandable reasons make a decision not to support these industries.
Other people make choices along the same lines, but choose to source their animal products along more ethical lines, or just less of them.
Others continue as they are.
All valid, all debatable. But completely understandable, surely.
I think the heart of the issue is the increasing industrialisation of not just animal production, but of how we produce food generally. This has been going on since the 1940's, and people are more and more disconnected from where their food comes from.
Where possible such practices should be replaced with Regenerative Agriculture - practices that heal the environment instead of harming it.
Plants can be grown regeneratively, in a way that
- increases biodiversity
- improves soil health
- improves water quality
- increases soil carbon storage
- and generally heals the environment
The point some people in this debate miss is the fact that can animals can be farmed regeneratively too, and can have as much of a positive an impact on the environment as plants, with even greater synergies when the two are combined.
The regenerative food movement is starting to gather momentum, and it has the potential to greatly improve people's health and the health of the planet.
If all agriculture was regenerative we would have the potential to sequester all the CO2 emitted since the start of the industrial revolution, back into the soils in about 10 years, so it's where we should be focusing our energies on.