The Only Hope For Mankind

No, this isn’t hyperbole, and I’ll tell – or rather, show – you why in just a moment.  But first:

It’s no secret that I eat meat; some might suggest I eat far too much of it.  It’s no secret that I’ve bettered and even eliminated a great many health problems by eating meat that has been raised in keeping with its biology and by curtailing or eliminating my consumption of certain non-animal foods.  I’ve made no secret of the fact that I believe monocrop agriculture has done far more to harm our environment than the proper raising of food animals.

I don’t get much argument on that last point here; I don’t know if it’s because the vast majority of the people who come here are just looking for a good recipe and don’t want to get caught up in a debate about how the food they’ll be cooking came to be, or if it’s because most of my regular readers agree with me, or if it’s because those who don’t necessarily agree are being respectful of my opinion.  It’s likely all three.

My Facebook page is a different matter, probably because I actively promote it and there are a LOT of people on Facebook.  But whatever the reason, I get a fair amount of nasty comments on my recipe posts – particularly those that feature meat (with a nice, big, color photograph).  A couple have been about the quality of my photography (I’ll be the first to admit I am no professional), but most have been about, well, the meat.  For some reason, vegans have this driving need to tell me that my recipes, especially the photos, gross them out.

(My favorite comment so far was on yesterday’s venison post – which has gotten more likes, and more derogatory comments, than any to date – “I just threw up in my mouth.”  Since I try very hard not to feed the trolls, I refrained from suggesting that some nice, rare venison might solve that digestive issue.  But I digress.)

Vegans have many reasons for being vegan, and one that is almost universal among them is that livestock A) is one of the major causes of “climate change” and 2) will never be able to feed our rapidly growing numbers worldwide.

The video below is a TED lecture given by Allan Savory, a biologist and environmentalist who used to agree.  He has since come to believe – no, prove – that this is absolutely incorrect.  His lecture runs 22 minutes, but it is so fascinating you’ll never be aware of the time that’s gone by.  I won’t go over everything he says, but the title of this post is a direct quote from the lecture:  the holistic management of large numbers of livestock is the only hope for mankind.  It’s the only way we’ll reverse global warming and the only way we’ll be able to feed the 10 billion people that will populate this earth in just a few short years.

Plant-based diets aren’t the answer.  You can not deny the science.

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11 thoughts on “The Only Hope For Mankind”

  1. …and the fact that this is shared on Fight Back Friay makes it even more poignant; yesterday someone asked kristen on her facebook page for a recommendation for a vegan soy-free cookbook, and the meat eaters laid into her too. WHO CARES what you eat if you are healthy and it works for your body. Period. Life was much nicer when everyone minded their own beeswax.

    1. I saw that, Beth, and thought that the ugly comments (which, I noticed, were outnumbered by the helpful) were completely unnecessary. That’s what just astounds me about these vegans – who has the time to find complete strangers and be so hostile and unpleasant, and why would you want to? I certainly don’t track down vegans and hector them with my belief that their soy and wheat are raping the earth or that what they base their lifestyle on is a piece of crap so badly researched it can be taken down by a 22-year-old English major, even if I do believe those things to be true. Which, frankly, I do.

  2. I was shocked to hear that he led an initiative to kill 40,000 elephants, but I know he has done some marvelous work turning around deforestation. The real solution will come from all of us real foodies as we create market demand for sustainably raised food. It always surprises me that the vegan/vegetarian crowd would pick a fight with real foodies because we really are on the same side of the war against industrial processed food system. Frankly, I eat and enjoy vegetables much more since I stopped eating processed crap, sugars and grains. In this case an enemy of my enemy should be my friend.

  3. I love the ruminant management argument – such a quibble-stopper. And I agree with the militancy of vegans; it helps me to think of it as a religion rather than any intellect-based doctrine, and treat the witnessing behavior as I would any other sect’s preachers (that is, with respectful non-engagement).

  4. When a vegan says they just threw up in their mouth a little bit, that’s actually a compliment. Like cows and other ruminants, vegans must chew their cud in order to fully digest it. Now chewing on regurgitated soy burgers may not sound appetizing to you or me but it’s their lifestyle choice and we shouldn’t judge them.

  5. Thank you. I could not have said this better myself. I saw this video a few days back and I too thought it was an incredible 22 minutes.

  6. Been reading you for a little while and enjoy your recipes. I am concerned about the Savory notions about desertification however – there’s a real paucity of science behind his ideas – he himself says there’s only been one small study done. His ideas can do far more harm than good, destroying fragile land in the name of what I’m not sure. I’m generally a big fan of TED talks but they sure didn’t vet this guy well.

    1. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard about this; I read about it many months ago on – I don’t have the time or inclination to go through J. Stanton’s archives, but it’s there – and, of course, there’s Joel Salatin, who claims to have added feet of topsoil using Allan Savory’s methods on his farm, so I tend to believe it’s true. Considering the amount of evidence Savory presented, backing up his claims, I doubt that there’s only been “one small scientific study” is reason to wholly, or even partially, discredit him.

      And I’m certain, if given more time than a simple 22 minute presentation, Savory would be more than willing to admit there are ecosystems where his methods would not be appropriate (wetlands immediately come to mind), but it seems if we want to reclaim the vast grasslands of Africa and North America, this is the answer. Look at the map he repeatedly shows – the American Midwest is changing from green to brown; grazing animals are not responsible for that.

    2. The “bread basket” has lost over half their top soil due to mono-crop agriculture while land management reclaims it. Crop rotation isn’t enough!

      “A major environmental concern known as topsoil erosion occurs when the topsoil layer is blown or washed away. Without topsoil, little plant life is possible. The estimated annual costs of public and environmental health losses related to soil erosion exceed $45 billion.[4] Conventional agriculture encourages the depletion of topsoil because the soil must be plowed and replanted each year. Sustainable techniques attempt to slow erosion through the use of cover crops in order to build organic matter in the soil. The United States alone loses almost 3 tons of topsoil per acre per year.[5] This is of great ecological concern as one inch of topsoil can take 500 years to form naturally.[6] On current trends, the world has about 60 years of topsoil left”

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