[Marxism] How to (do) ranching right,

Ratbag Media ratbagradio at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 17:10:11 MDT 2018


I get mightily peeved about anti-cattle rhetoric  in regard to climate
change.It is warping the climate change movement's cutting edge and
perverting its focus.
If you actually do your homework, the story is very different .
Here's a very good summary of why the spin/shibboleth is based on
inaccurate information:
https://theconversation.com/yes-eating-meat-affects-the-environment-but-cows-are-not-killing-the-climate-94968

"A healthy portion of meat’s bad rap centers on the assertion that
livestock is the largest source of greenhouse gases worldwide....[In the
US]All of agriculture accounted for a total of 9 percent. All of animal
agriculture contributes less than half of this amount, representing 3.9
percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. That’s very different from
claiming livestock represents as much or more than transportation....Why
the misconception? In 2006 the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization published a study titled “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” which
received widespread international attention. It stated that livestock
produced a staggering 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The agency drew a startling conclusion: Livestock was doing more to harm
the climate than all modes of transportation combined.This latter claim was
wrong, and has since been corrected by Henning Steinfeld, the report’s
senior author... To its credit, the FAO immediately owned up to its error.
Unfortunately, the agency’s initial claim that livestock was responsible
for the lion’s share of world greenhouse gas emissions had already received
wide coverage. To this day, we struggle to “unring” the bell..."

As for the cynical attack on sequence farming/regenerative grazing  --
aside from the drought proofing and soil fertility gains, the whole concept
is , I think, the ONLY way to restore rangeland landscapes so that they
recover some role in mitigating climate change effects. The research folder
is building up that registers how much carbon -- and methane -- this
approach can sequester. If you want to read more about this, here's good
place to start6:
http://soilalliance.blogspot.com/
Much better than relying on 'The Guardian'....



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