I call bullsh!t on this article.
Also, it did not discuss rabbits, which are a very eco-friendly, and delicious, food source.
What do you disagree with? I don't know much about meat production as a vegetarian (other than that I think the whole thing is yucky, lol) so I genuinely want to know.
Specifically, the allegations that pastured cattle emit more methane, and that pastured chickens have a higher effect on global warming by 20%. I see no sources or facts to back this up, its illogical, and the chicken allegation seems rather ridiculous. Global warming is a very big, complicated topic. How did anyone come up with this 20% number?
In general, I think its an article that takes a very limited view and is geared towards a specific conclusion.
One of the biggest problems with our current system is the mindset of the American consumer: wanting copious amounts of animal products in their diet, and expecting it to be 'cheap'. Without changing this, we can't achieve a sustainable animal product system.
I haven't been around much but many know I'm very passionate about sustainable and better foods.
This article would have been a great opportunity to address the cheap food myth. Sure, you may get .50 a carton eggs on sale, but you're paying for that with expensive fish as we decimate local waters with the run off from factory farms, you're paying for it in tax dollars that subsidize mass agriculture and that pay for environmental cleanup of sites (some of which are 'dirty' due to agriculture, like the Potomac), we pay for it in our health and health care, and so on. Cheap food, isn't cheap.
It would've been great to see 'alternative' meats like goat and rabbit addressed. For some reason Americans are squeamish about eating goat, but its a very sustainable meat and has been a staple of several cultures, including Greek and Jamaican diets. Rabbit is effing delicious, and very easy to raise, very easy on the environment, take up less room than chicken, healthy lean meat, etc.
I just think the article, beyond not backing up its claims, just took a 'here's why it can't work, we shouldn't do anything' stance, and that's lame, and pointless.