I'm confused. I thought cows were supposed to be some sort of colloquial term encapsulating all bovines, but then I get this meme telling me to, "go vegan," after reading about how beef steers get raped and children murdered to produce milk for me... are these some special kind of transgender, hermaphrodite bovines, or is the person who created such a meme really that clueless about basic bovine anatomy and cattle production?
It’s no wonder people think cows are bad.
This was the light bulb that came on after listening to a couple podcasts where there was some discussion over cow size, and it’s attribution to the current agricultural system today. It’s funny how the more I think about these things, the more I see how a lot of the dots start connecting with each other.
I've gotten to that point in time--or maybe my life--where I just cannot go reading a study and believe it to be factually true. I honestly don't care how many authors have signed their names to it, or whether it hails from some prestigious university or not. What I care about the most is the content of the study, what it's actually saying, and what the whole context and its purpose for being published actually is.
When you have a cow, you gotta know not only how to feed it, but what to feed it.
Does it really take more land to produce grass-finished beef versus grain-fed (feedlot)?
That's an experiment I was willing to take on that you'll read about more below. The results may surprise you.
Occasionally I run across a video--or even photo--of certain, shall we say, events that we humans put animals through that may or may not be agreeable with some folks. Typically these videos are put out by these people that purposefully try to dramatize the events that these animals go through, to create emotional rife by those who view such videos and most importantly, read the title and description that come with them.
Often the descriptions used either exaggerate what's actually going on, or only tell part of the story. That's where I come in: When I take a look at videos like these, I get to have the fun of discerning what's actually going on, and then take the time to write up something about it. As you'll see, what's actually going on with this particular video is not nearly as dramatic nor horrific as those who created it made it out to be.
When it comes to quantifying land used for either meat production or growing "plant-based foods," things can get a little messy, and I've been finding that a lot of the information that exists out there gets misinterpreted, or just outright misunderstood. Keep this quote in mind:
"There are lies, damned lies, and statistics." -- Mark Twain
No doubt there's a lot of misinformation out there on the Interweb, so much that you just have to use the DBEY(R/S)OTI method:
Don't Believe Everything You (Read/See) On The Internet!
And as someone that likes to peruse the variety of information posted on social media and websites and such, I get to come across some odd balls that makes my head cock sideways at times. Especially when I come across a few different vegan memes that have different statistics.
Don't get me wrong, I like bison near as much as the next person does. They're admirable creatures, symbolic of the Old West, and rulers of the North American grasslands. They're such large yet graceful and fast, and yes, wild animals. But unfortunately they get a bit too romanticized and held, in my personal opinion, at too high a standard so much that some misinformation gets delved out there that is, shall we say, questionable.
A while ago I had a bit of a run-in with one individual who was adamant that bison were the next best thing, so good in fact that nothing could compare, even cattle. I have to say that bison aren't perfect, as incredible and different as they are from cattle in terms of behaviour and what they eat, and there are areas in today's world were cattle actually do a better job than bison can.
The dairy industry in particular is infamous for removing calves from their mothers soon after birth. Beef cow-calf operations do something similar, except that calves are much older.
So why is it done?
When you see a cow, just any cow, have you ever stopped and thought what type of cow that might be?
If you haven't, you should!
There are basically two main types of modern cattle that exist in the world:
Range Nerd, Forage & Grazing Fanatic and a Bovine Enthusiast. A love for farming, and for the soil.
Keep it civil, but don't be a jerk. Personal attacks and harassment will not be tolerated.
There's going to be a lot of heated discussions and that’s totally fine. These discussions often are about topics that we all personally care a lot about and will passionately defend. But in order for discussions to thrive here, we need to remember to criticize ideas, not people.
So, remember to avoid: