We need an agricultural revolution

Vegans are often accused of destroying the rainforest with their soy consumption. But vegan products are mostly made from regional soy, the rainforest soy is mainly found in pet food.

The soybean industry is booming. Global soybean production has more than doubled since 1997.
This is due to the growing demand for feed for the production of meat and dairy products.

This rapid expansion threatens some of the most biodiverse habitats on earth, including the Amazon rainforest, the Cerrado, and the Gran Chaco in South America, which drives the climate crisis and is at the expense of public health.

In 2017, according to a Greenpeace report, 48% of soy was produced worldwide in Brazil and Argentina alone, with 95% genetically modified, resulting in high levels of herbicides and other dangerous chemicals.

After China, the EU is the second-largest soy importer in the world with around 33 million imported soy products, and 87.4% of the soy imported by the EU is used for animal feed.

Soy, which is mainly used as animal feed, has accounted for almost half of the deforestation associated with imports in the past.

An estimated 87% of imported soy is used for animal feed, almost 50% of it for chickens (broilers for meat and egg-laying chickens), followed by pigs (24%), dairy cows (16%) and beef cattle (7%).

The rest (4%) is used for farmed fish and for the production of other meats.

Almost three-quarters of the EU’s agricultural land is used to feed farm animals – not humans.

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/15/we-need-an-agricultural-revolution/

 

My comment:  Mass meat production for almost 8 billion people can no longer be sustained; at least not without massive animal suffering, climate crisis, and pandemics.

It is time to leave the Stone Age and stop producing animal suffering and climate destruction.

Instead of moving from pandemic to pandemic and producing multi-resistant germs, we should take advantage of the possibilities of the 21st century: The final exit from industrial livestock farming !!

When will we learn from our mistakes?
We are the only animal species that cannot.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

2 Responses

  1. This is such a disingenuous argument. As you described, the majority of soy is consumed by animals, who are in turn consumed by humans, but not vegans. The next largest consumer of direct soy is humans, who are predominantly not vegan. If you surveyed households, so many would include soy products and NOT be vegan. The same is true for avocados, quinoa, almonds, etc.

    Bottom line, people who consume animals consume the majority of the more “problematic” foods. Not vegans.

  2. Best analysis as always! Thank you!!!

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