A naive assumption of the vegan diet is that it saves the world from animal cruelty.
This is wrong and only makes things worse. It turns out that a plant from a grocery store is less vegan than a local grass fed cow.
This is an inconvenient truth for vegans…but it’s time to wake up.
If you want to reduce animal cruelty in the world, the best thing you can do is become a carnivore.
Let me explain.
The Vegan Diet Kills More Animals: Second Order Consequences
The second order consequences of the vegan diet are hard for most people to grasp. Because an animal with big, cute eyes isn’t killed, many assume that it’s more ethical.
However, the titanic sum of animals killed to preserve a nutrient deficient, vegan lifestyle is gruesome.
First, the soil tilling process is like a tsunami, destroying all life in its path. To clear the soil to plant crops, farmers must till the soil. This kills any animals residing there.
Next, how do you think farmers defend crops for the green smoothies, salad and avocado toast?
Farmers spray fields with pesticides to kill off even more insects. Not only do these pesticides decimate insect life, they’re also very damaging to human health.
To make matters worse, many farmers shoot predators sight on seen.
According to Mike Archer, a Professor at the University of NSW, 25 times more animals die to produce an equal weight of wheat protein and beef protein.
It’s horrible from an environmental, health and moral perspective.
Vegans probably understand that some animals die for their lifestyle. But not the extent of it. And a mice dying to produce spinach is no different than a cow dying to produce steak.
All in all, billions of animals die for the vegan lifestyle. Whereas carnivores can live off of 1-2 cows a year. And those cows are curing their chronic disease.
Another Gruesome Example: Bees
Another horrific example of the unintended consequences of the vegan diet is the destruction of bees.
To spare a cow from giving it’s nutritious milk for human consumption, many vegans have instead opted for alternatives like almond milk. This has helped to spur a $6bn almond industry in California.
The only way to support such an artificially high consumption load is to send bees to pollinate the almond flowers. It’s almost like sending bees off to war.
One of the most lucrative sources of beekeeper revenue is now “renting out” farms to almond producers.
And similar to war, this process is decimating the bee population.
“A recent survey of commercial beekeepers showed that 50 billion bees – more than seven times the world’s human population – were wiped out in a few months during winter 2018-19”
Whereas 1 cow can naturally produce milk without being killed, almond production alone destroyed 50 billion bees.
Intended. Unintended. It doesn’t matter. The consequences are still the same. The vegan diet is gruesome and destructive to animal life.
Other Animals Used in Plant Production
To underscore my point: you cannot produce the requisite amount of plants without killing or enslaving animals in the production process.
Almonds aren’t the only culprit.
The holy vegan staple — avocados — also enslave bees for production. These bees live a grueling life:
“forcing bees to gather pollen and nectar from vast swaths of a single crop deprives them of the far more diverse and nourishing diet provided by wild habitats. The migration also continually boomerangs honeybees between times of plenty and borderline starvation. The sugar syrup and pollen patties beekeepers offer as compensation are not nearly as nutritious as pollen and nectar from wild plants.”
According to Matthew Evans in his book On Eating Meat around 40,000 ducks are killed to protect rice production in Australia and a billion mice are poisoned to protect wheat in Australia.
“At least 100 mice are killed per hectare per year (500/4 × 0.8) to grow grain. Average yields are about 1.4 tonnes of wheat/hectare; 13% of the wheat is useable protein. Therefore, at least 55 sentient animals die to produce 100kg of useable plant protein: 25 times more than for the same amount of rangelands beef.”
And these deaths are brutal. Mice are often poisoned by pesticides and are effectively tortured to death.
You can try to dismiss these as lesser creatures than cows. But what about all the spiders, snakes, lizards and insects?
The truth is disturbing and far too unethical to ignore at this point. The naive notion that the vegan diet saves animals is faker than beyond meat.
But But….Cows Are Animals Too
What about the horrific images of cows in feedlots? I agree. I despise cramped feedlots and in no way is that what I advocate for.
However on the other hadn, grass fed, pasture raised cows is the most sustainable form of agriculture. Not only does it provide the most nutritious food in the world, it is how cows were meant to live.
In fact, in many ways it’s better than cows would live on their own in the wild.
The best part: just 1 cow will yield ~430 lbs of retail cuts of beef. That’s enough to feed 1 carnivore for an entire year.
Given there are more than 1.5 billion cows on the planet, that’s a lot of meat to go around to support the most nutritious diet in the world.
Meanwhile, 50 billion bees die alone just for almond milk…
Even with inefficient livestock production, 5X as many bees die pollinating crops as do livestock annually.
Prioritize Human Health
We can’t forget that humans are animals too. The most important animals in the world.
Our health needs to be the most important part of the equation. Yet over 60% of the US has diabetes or pre-diabetes. 88% of American’s are metabolically unhealthy. Only 12% of Americans are metabolically healthy. And the treatment of chronic diseases costs over $1.7tn in the US. The picture is despicable.
What about the billions of suffering humans around the world? How much do vegans actually care about them?
At this rate, all we’re doing is saving a planet for humans withering away with chronic disease.
Disastrous recommendations have destroyed health. And the same recommendations that pushed us off a cliff are trying to do so again.
If you care about animal cruelty and animal health, the best diet is the carnivore diet.
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