More Weight on Less Meat

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Today the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released “Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change and Health,” a comprehensive report that suggests what’s become a common refrain here and elsewhere: we all need to eat fewer animal products – not just meat, but dairy as well. The guide tracks the lifecycle of the food we eat, from production and processing to consumption and waste disposal. It’s tricked out with enough features, graphics, and factoids to keep you busy – or equal parts hopeful and despondent – for a while.

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2 Comments

  1. NYFarmer said...

    Down with dairy farms and up with sprawl! Here in the Northeast, we continue to lose dairy farms. Lost another 140 last month from the Northeast Milk Marketing Order and Vermont has dropped below 1000 for the first time. Unfortunately, this single parameter analysis, worthy of Soviet Central Planning misleads well-intentioned urban people who care about the environment. How about a positive message, like taking a look at the various production models of the "milksheds" of the US. As you tell NYC people to knock off the dairy (especially those evil artisan hard cheeses)….drive out north of NYC (if you never have so far) and take a look at the working countryside. Northeast dairy is a last bastion of small family farms, average of 100 cows. The drop in dairy farms has alarmed Audubon NY because of the concommitant drop in grassland bird species. As goes the grassland dairy farms, so go the bird species. Read Aubudon NY’s "Plan For Conserving Grassland Bird Species" to get a flavor of the drastic changes in the NY grasslands. We are also seeing literature correlating grazing with enhanced biodiversity, much needed in our state. Single parameter analysis also ignores the fact that the family owned dairy farms in the northeast are the quiet economic engines that sustain rural NY communities. A recent study took a look at the economic benefits of small farms vs the super CAFO that you rail against and found that a town with many smaller farms exhibited better health and well-being of its residents than towns with just one large super farm. As you seek to destabilize dairy demand and prices, keep in mind that the smaller farmers are more vulnerable to the price volatility. Of course, from the one-size-fits-all analysis put out by urban writers, you probably have no idea of what it is that you seek to destroy.

  2. markbittman said...

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