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  •  Not really. (3+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, melo, Turkana

    Pure pasture with a sufficient ratio of grassland to livestock that it doesn't require tillage or transportation during the cattle's life cycle (and uses wind or solar power to pump water, if necessary) is as close to carbon-neutral as makes no difference.

    "The anti-patriotism of the American Right is becoming eerily reminiscent of the French Right of the 1930s." -- Steve LaBonne

    by tbetz on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 09:40:49 AM PDT

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    •  still other issues (1+ / 0-)
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      It takes a lot of energy and other natural resources to produce cattle feed, manage the animals’ manure (a major emitter of methane, a potent GHG), get the livestock to market, slaughter the animals, process and package the meat, dispose of the greater part of the carcass that won’t be human food, market the retail cuts, transport them home from the store, refrigerate them until dinner time, and then cook the beef.

      •  First, they came for my carbon emissions. (3+ / 0-)
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        chrississippi, TheMomCat, banjolele

        Then, they came for my ribeyes.

        You will admit, will you not, that a lot of people see the issue of control as a major issue when it comes to making healthy or environmentally responsible choices?

        Where do we draw the line on regulating human behavior that might have a deleterious effect on society and the environment?  

        Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

        by SpamNunn on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 09:45:52 AM PDT

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      •  Many of those are non-issues. (1+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus

        produce cattle feed

        All pasture?  All grass.

        manage the animals’ manure

        Big enough pasture?  Let it biodegrade naturally.

        get the livestock to market,

        Local pasture?  No more than tomatoes.

        And unless you are a raw food fetishist, the same goes for:

        market the retail cuts, transport them home from the store, refrigerate them until dinner time, and then cook the beef.

        "The anti-patriotism of the American Right is becoming eerily reminiscent of the French Right of the 1930s." -- Steve LaBonne

        by tbetz on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 11:44:19 AM PDT

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