"There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damn lies, and statistics." --Mark Twain.
A way of saying that you can lie and use statistics, and you can tell the truth and use statistics. With regards to this animal versus plant-base land-use argument, the use of statistics can be used to either tell the truth or exaggerate to only tell half a truth. My question is this: Is this land-use versus argument of some validity, or is it just a petty means to point fingers at something so as to avoid pointing fingers at ourselves?
Time to read more below to find out!
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.
The obvious answer to this seemingly mindless, extremely easy-to-answer question is...
In all it's various forms.
But, of course, that's only part of the story.
What a quote.
It speaks for not only human life, but animal life as well. And it's the latter that many people are just unable to grasp and understand.
Following my concerns with the Holstein cow Brianna from Skylands Animal Rescue, I thought I would bring up an old post from a couple years ago about another bovine that was also rescued... but as hinted by the title, didn't exactly die to a ripe old age. Why? Find out more below.
I have something to share with you all that’s going to make some people angry, and for multiple reasons.
Some are mad that this has been discovered and being publicly pointed out. Others are angry at the sheer negligence and asininity of the situation, as well as those who are in full support of it.
The former is getting angrier and desperately trying to discredit the latter for reasons that I’ll show you later. But right now, I want to tell you a little story to give you some idea of what’s going on, and what I’m actually talking about.
In my adventures on the social media interface, I often come in contact with people who have used a variety of terms in attempt to undermine the use of livestock on the landscape. One of those terms is "overgrazing."
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.
Management practices my foot! That is the "PR" solution.. the whole answer of course is... EAT A VEGETABLE-BASED DIET and these issues go away.
That was in response to my comments on TreeHugger.com's In Defence of the Cow: How Eating Meat Could Help Slow Climate Change.
Well, apparently the owner of this quote was pretty keen on letting everyone know how educated she was on ecology, soil biology, animal husbandry, etc., having written a 20,000-word dissertation on the subjects.
The only problem was that a comment like this tends to be great at displaying the very irony that the one who claimed everyone else had such a "deep-seated ignorance of ecology" (this aimed at those who were in complete agreement with this article from TreeHugger) was actually projecting her own willful ignorance.
Someone with an ounce of knowledge in ecology should and would know and understand that management is the central force around things like grazing, and even growing vegetables.
Let's say you see a picture, or short, 20-second video of a very cute, newborn baby calf posted somewhere on a social media site, like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Now, this particular calf is actually tied up--with a piece of twine around its neck--and kept inside what looks like to be a house or an office, like a farm office, and with no momma cow in sight.
What's going on?
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: