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Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! Next will be the bestseller "Losing My Religions." Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from more nonprofits than there is room to list here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA to impress Carl Sagan. His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED} He lives in Tucson with Anne and no dogs, no cats, and no African tortoises (although he cares for all of these).

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"Regenerative" ag is a joke

The fantasies that some fancy form of animal ag can "save the world" is such crap. Peel away all the atmospherics, this article shows that even in the best-case scenario, "regenerative ag" is a money pit, produces super-expensive products that basically no one will buy, and still can't turn a profit. Oh, and the soil doesn't even store more carbon, let alone be a net carbon sink once you factor in the ranch's animals and operations.

The media's obsession with the fantasies of the 1% really doesn't matter in the big picture - basically, everyone just buys factory-farmed meat, regardless of what they say. But I think it is important to realize that even with all the money in the world, animal ag is still a net harm.

This is what they want you to think. 

1 comment:

DCish said...

Agreed. Plus, the article says:

"Its stocking rate of 17 acres per cow also means it’s using land much less efficiently than conventional U.S. ranches, which often aim for as little as two acres per cow."

And then goes on to mention the "hay he needs to buy to supplement the herd’s nutrition."

That means that it is greater than 17 acres, as additional land elsewhere is used to grow feed. That's even more inefficient, by who knows how much.