Daniel Halliday
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Can ending animal agriculture solve climate change?

Veganism is quickly becoming a popular argument for how to deal with climate change. The media often point to studies to argue that reducing the amount of meat consumed would have a massive reduction on the amount of greenhouse gases produced, but can this issue be as simple as a singular process, contributor or remedy? As the UN’s COP25 climate conference gets underway in Spain this week, after being rejected in Brazil due to political pushback and Chile due to political instability, let us explore what has now become a common argument for tackling climate change: Can preventing livestock farming stop climate change? Or does something else need to happen first in respect to the fight against climate change? ecotricity.co.uk/news/news-archive/2018/climate-change-is-veganism-the-answer theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/21/eat-less-meat-vegetarianism-dangerous-global-warming peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/global-warming
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Global soil erosion is just as big an issue as climate change but unfortunately doesn’t occupy the same number of headlines. In this way veganism is by no means a proven method of dealing with questions that loom over agriculture, nutrition and climate change, in fact veganism based on aggressive industrial farming practices may actually harm soils further, produce more atmospheric carbon and endanger food supplies [1]. Studies have shown that regenerative farming practices would be more suitable, a multi-layered approach to maintaining the soil quality, biodiversity and biosequestration of farmland ecosystems, by using recycling, no-till or reduce till techniques and permaculture to holistically manage a farm while producing crops and meat. Animals are part of this system just as they are part of the natural ecosystem, and farming needs to revert to closely mimic a natural ecosystem if we wish to make it sustainable in any way.

[1] web.agrsci.dk/djfpublikation/djfpdf/DCArapport130.pdf#page=15 theguardian.com/world/2004/feb/14/science.environment sciencealert.com/adding-seaweed-to-cattle-feed-could-reduce-methane-production-by-70 theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/25/veganism-intensively-farmed-meat-dairy-soya-maize

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