Jan-Lukas Else

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💬 Micro: 2021-09-15

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“Less Meat”

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James is trying to eat less meat:

Each burger we consume comes with a at least of costs baked in: the direct cost of a life of the animal and environmental (cutting down forest to make room for cows, shipping animals across an ocean to get processed in a foreign country, just to be shipped back to their origin for sale).

If you can change your default, you can make substantial changes with significantly less effort.

Likewise, I’ve changed my defaults for meat. As beef as it has a higher CO2 footprint per kilogram than pork or chicken, I mostly stopped buying beef and replace it with pork or chicken. Default changed to not beef. The other default I’ve been working on default: no meat.

I myself barely eat meat either, my default is “no meat” as well. And to be honest, I don’t miss anything, I’ve never eaten much meat.

Vegetarians or vegans often have to deal with arguments that without meat they would lack vitamin B12, for example. If only those who make such arguments knew that many additives are also added to the animal feed…

Vitamin B12 must also be added to some animals

It’s more complicated with pigs, says Ingrid Vervuert: “Apart from milk, eggs and fishmeal, no animal products may be fed to pigs. As a result, the normal feed spectrum for pigs is poorer in vitamin B12.” Therefore, vitamin B12 is added to the feeds of these animals, as well as poultry - for the same reasons.

Quarks (Translated with DeepL)



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