Thursday, June 18, 2009

Food for Thought?


Last week for Think Green Thursday, I wrote a post on some folks who the alleged environmental benefit of eating goat meat rather than beef. I received a plethora of comments on the subject, which can be reviewed by clicking on the preceding link. At the same farmer's market, the fellow in the above picture extolled the value of eating buffalo and yak. I would be glad to hear from any of you on this subject. It is clear that much forest land, to the detriment of all other flora and fauna, has been entirely degraded and turned into pasture to satisfy the hunger of beef cattle. After a recent trip to Brazil, I was shocked to see that 90% of the rain forests were now grazing lands for ungulates. Also it is clear that cattle breath is harmful to the ozone layer and, according to some, more harmful than auto emission. Before those of you throw in the towel on meat-eating in favor of fish eating, the pressure on groundfish and tuna have been devastating to this delicate resource. Anyway, let me hear from you, and tell me what's for dinner!

5 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Dinner is now, and it's meat. I just think we need to eat much less and better quality, the same goes for fish (talk about pollution when fish are reared on some farms). More local food (why do we get New-Zealand lamb in France? Because some want it all year round when there's a perfectly good lambing season in Europe. I had buffalo in WA. last year for the first time and liked it. Yak is a bit of a novelty though...

Carletta said...

'Beef is what's for dinner.' Good ole American Hamburger. :)

Cattle, goat, bison - no matter the choice of meat their methane producing skills are the same. :)

Jacob said...

Pasta!

There's no way around the problem without giving up eating real live animals who have hopes and fears and the need to live out their lives just like any other animal - including the human animal...

Yes?

cieldequimper said...

No! Sorry Jacob! ;-)

ramblingwoods said...

Hi Lee...I don't eat much meat and I don't like fish so that leaves me more in the vegetarian category..We need to find better ways to to feed people. It is ironic that so many in the US are obese while so many are starving in other places

You might get more comments if you change your comments options from embedded to a pop-up window. I had to move from Firefox to Internet Explorer to be able to add a comment. The default setting for Blogger is the embedded, but it can make it difficult to post a comment for some people..Just a thought...Thank you for participating in Think Green Thursday. ...Michelle