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EUROPE’S MEAT CONSUMPTION HAS DROPPED 20% IN 3 MONTHS

Europeans are reducing their consumption of meat due to its environmental impact, according to a New Zealand red meat industry rep.

 

Europe’s meat consumption has dropped by 20 percent in the space of two to three months, according to New Zealand red meat sector representative Jeff Grant.

 

Grant is in London representing New Zealand’s red meat industry ahead of Brexit, the UK’s exit from the EU, currently set for October 31.

 

Addressing a red meat sector conference in Christchurch, Grant named changing attitudes surrounding meat as “the biggest issue in front of us.” He revealed that many Europeans are motivated to do their bit for the environment by ditching meat.

 

According to Rural News, Grant recalled one visit to a Kensington pub, in particular, where the main topic of conversation was an Oxford University report. The study revealed that vegan diets are beneficial for the planet.

 

The pub-goers were likely referring to the biggest-ever food production analysis — led by Oxford University researcher Joseph Poore — published last year. Poore said at the time, “a vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use.” 

 

He continued, “it is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car. Agriculture is a sector that spans all the multitude of environmental problems. Really it is animal products that are responsible for so much of this.”

 

 

The Rise Of Flexitarianism

Grant explained that more people than ever are choosing to adopt flexitarian lifestyles — significantly reducing their meat consumption. Research from UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s supports his observation. It noted earlier this year that 91 percent of its UK consumers now identify as flexitarian.

 

Like many other supermarkets and restaurant chains, Sainsbury’s is responding to demand. Rosie Bambaji — a plant-based buyer for the chain — said in a statement, “we’re seeing increasing demand for plant-based products, and with the unstoppable rise of ‘flexitarianism’ in the UK, we are exploring further ways to make popular meat-free options more accessible.”

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59 minutes ago, LoreD said:

the biggest-ever food production analysis — led by Oxford University researcher Joseph Poore — published last year. Poore said at the time, “a vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use.” 

 

He continued, “it is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car. Agriculture is a sector that spans all the multitude of environmental problems. Really it is animal products that are responsible for so much of this.”

 

Evidently Europeans are getting real news that the Livestock Industry hasn't been able to block, or effectively counter.  The best way to reduce the size of the meat industry is when consumers decide to do it for themselves;  Far preferable to regulation.

 

The expansion of people practicing  Vegan and Flexitarian lifestyles means that much less: 

-  Deforestation

-  Acid rain

-  Land and water degradation

-  Biodiversity loss

-  Coral sea degeneration

-  Antibiotics in the environment

-  Methane in the atmosphere (22% more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas).

-  Animal suffering

 

And the spread of vegan and flexitarian lifestyles frees up vast amounts of land to feed the world's growing population, far more efficiently.  The same amount of land necessary to support cattle can feed time many more people by growing crops on it.  Here in the US, the big meat producers are busy lobbying for laws which make it more difficult for plant-based imitation meat to compete.  This is probably just the beginning of a war between big livestock and veggie meats.

 

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Veggie Burgers Face New Label Laws; ACLU Sues Over Free ...

Jul 23, 2019 - A growing number of states have been passing laws saying that only foods made of animal flesh should be allowed to carry labels like "meat," "sausage," "jerky," "burger" or "hot dog." Who has a beef with this deal? Makers of plant-based foods, of course — like Tofurky. But also the American Civil Liberties Union.

 

 

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16 minutes ago, bludog said:

 

Evidently Europeans are getting real news that the Livestock Industry hasn't been able to block, or effectively counter.  The best way to reduce the size of the meat industry is when consumers decide to do it for themselves;  Far preferable to regulation.

 

The expansion of people practicing  Vegan and Flexitarian lifestyles means that much less: 

-  Deforestation

-  Acid rain

-  Land and water degradation

-  Biodiversity loss

-  Coral sea degeneration

-  Antibiotics in the environment

-  Methane in the atmosphere (22% more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas).

-  Animal suffering

 

And the spread of vegan and flexitarian lifestyles frees up vast amounts of land to feed the world's growing population, far more efficiently.  The same amount of land necessary to support cattle can feed time many more people by growing crops on it.  Here in the US, the big meat producers are busy lobbying for laws which make it more difficult for plant-based imitation meat to compete.  This is probably just the beginning of a war between big livestock and veggie meats.

 

 

 

I think that the idea that burgers can only be made from beef is ridiculous.  A burger is a flat, round food item that is fried, grilled or baked, and placed in a bun.  It can made from veggies and still be a burger.

 

They can call it anything they like; people are still preferring the plant based version.

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6 minutes ago, LoreD said:

I think that the idea that burgers can only be made from beef is ridiculous.  A burger is a flat, round food item that is fried, grilled or baked, and placed in a bun.  It can made from veggies and still be a burger.

 

Of course this is only common sense. 

 

But huge amounts of money are involved here.  And the established meat industry is going to fight tooth and nail, trying to preserve itself.  The will use small armies of lawyers, public relations experts and ad-writers;  trying to put out the imitation meat fire before it becomes big enough to burn them down.  (Cell-grown meats are coming to market soon also). 

 

Once again, the public good;  Indeed, any kind of bright future for our Planet, is being opposed by the forces of "Profits Now".

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1 hour ago, bludog said:

 

Of course this is only common sense. 

 

But huge amounts of money are involved here.  And the established meat industry is going to fight tooth and nail, trying to preserve itself.  The will use small armies of lawyers, public relations experts and ad-writers;  trying to put out the imitation meat fire before it becomes big enough to burn them down.  (Cell-grown meats are coming to market soon also). 

 

Once again, the public good;  Indeed, any kind of bright future for our Planet, is being opposed by the forces of "Profits Now".

 

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin renews effort to get 'milk' label taken off non-dairy products


 

CHRIS MUELLER | APPLETON POST-CRESCENT
Updated 8:42 p.m. CDT Mar. 14, 2019
   

By labeling plant-based beverages with the word “milk,” the makers of those products have “gotten away with using the dairy industry’s good name for their own benefit,” U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said in a statement Thursday.

 

Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, a Republican from Idaho, reintroduced legislation Thursday that would combat what Baldwin described as the “unfair practice of mislabeling non-dairy products.”

 

The legislation would require non-dairy products made from nuts, seeds, plants and algae to no longer be labeled with terms such as milk, yogurt or cheese. The existing regulation defines dairy products as being from dairy animals, but the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t enforced it.

 

“Dairy farmers in Wisconsin work tirelessly every day to ensure that their milk meets high standards for nutritional value and quality,” Baldwin said.

 

The legislation would require the FDA to provide guidance for nationwide enforcement of mislabeled imitation dairy products within 90 days. The FDA would also have to report to Congress in two years to hold the agency accountable.

 

The legislation has also been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Peter Welch, a Democrat from Vermont, and Rep. Mike Simpson, a Republican from Idaho.

 

This isn't the first time Baldwin and other lawmakers have tried to introduce the legislation, but it hasn't been successful in the past. 

 

The renewed push for legislation on the issue comes as many dairy farmers in Wisconsin and elsewhere find themselves struggling to survive amid low milk prices and decreased demand for their products.

 

Jim Holte, president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, said in a statement that the labeling and marketing of all dairy products should be accurate and enforced.

 

“Wisconsin’s dairy industry is the backbone of our state’s agricultural economy,” Holte said. “We receive worldwide recognition because or farmers take pride in providing healthy and safe dairy products to their customers.”

 

Marieke Penterman, of Marieke Gouda, a farm and cheese-making facility in Thorp, praised Baldwin for supporting transparency in the dairy marketplace.

 

“Corporations are taking advantage of a movement pushing for an ‘ethical’ way to consume products, ironically, by making false and unsubstantiated claims about their products,” Penterman said.

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we already couldn't feed the world without chemical fertilizer that is current filling up our oceans

 

 I wish global warming was the only problem we faced  and Round up will be happy to take your money as  kills off anything that we will not eat

 

In the immediate future,  the single greatest thing anyone in America could to to fight global warming would be to vote for not Trump

 

 

 

 

 

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I like dairy, mostly because I like cheese, 

however, come to find out, you can make a cheese that is tasty with wild grown nuts.

And it's more healthy for you. 

Now, then. We can also make burgers that taste tremendously fabulous, not like meat, but even better.

We can do that, we have taste buds located on our tongues, and we have brains connected to these taste buds,

too. Brains that can deduce high degrees of abstract math regarding use of resource and statistics. 

We have ways of seeing the future, and even ways of understanding the past.

Peace!

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