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‘Major mistake to compare cows to cars’

My last blog was criticised for calling Goldsmiths University ignorant and irresponsible for banning beef in their campus food outlets. To back up my statements I have more information and videos below that include the statement that for global warming it is a ‘major mistake to compare cows to cars’.

Did you know:

– If all American consumers stopped eating meat carbon emissions would reduce by only 0.5%

– 80% of all greenhouse gasses come from fossil fuels

– 70% of all the Earth’s agricultural land is marginal and only suitable for grazing

– Methane is 28 times worse than CO2 as a greenhouse gas but naturally breaks down in 10 years, CO2 takes 1,000 years.

These factoids come from a conference in June 2019 about ‘The Role of Ruminants in Sustainable Diets’ that brought together the world’s leading academic experts on diet and ruminants. The see all the experts on video Or watch the two short exert videos below.

Is methane dangerous? Here is an exert short video comparing greenhouse gases from livestock farming to burning fossil fuels. The sustainable circular flow of gases in natural livestock production.

How much land do we have to feed the world? Short video showing the challenge to feed the world in 2050.

Healthy food?

What I found so scary watching the conference was how the media and so called climate experts have been misleading consumers over recent years. And how many people have become vegetarian or vegan for the wrong reasons.

YES, we eat too much meat and should cut down. Especially on factory farmed meat fed on grain that could feed humans instead. When buying beef it should be grass fed from sustainable mixed farms where livestock are part of a cropping rotation to improve soil, or from hill farms where crops cannot be grown.

We need consumers to be better informed about food and farming to make the right buying choices and government to act properly on climate change.

If you agree please sign our petition to get Food Growing, cooking and nutrition on the school curriculum or feedback below.


  1. Glynis Brown says:

    Nutrition and cooking should be reintroduced to the school curriculum as a matter of urgency. Factory farming should be phased out, it’s bad for the health of our planet and therefore bad for us. If we paid the true cost of our food we would have a bit more respect for it and not waste as much.

  2. Hazel Laughlan says:

    I agree, my mum always said everything in moderation is good for you,and as i grew up on a farm I cant stand these people in their little offices that have no real idea whats going on but make the rules…should be sent to work on farms for a few months..see the change in their attitude.

  3. Steve says:

    Vegetarianism/veganism if one does the research is a political/religious ideology and NOT based on science. The truth is out there for those that can be bothered to look. Eat more meat not less, eat less carbs, grains, cereals and all that junk. Again the TRUE science of nutrition is out there for those that can be bothered, and that number is growing as people heal themselves when following a science of nutrition and not dogma.

  4. Judith Russenberger says:

    Marginal land could be used for growing trees which will absorb carbon dioxide locking it away in their wood. The trees could be coppiced to provide a useable supply of timber. The woodland environment will also sustain a diverse range of plants and creatures. Lots of environmental positives!

  5. Marie Zylstra says:

    According to the British Medical Journal “Meat free diet lacks vital nutrient for a healthy brain”
    At the same time, if people eat lots of beans and cruciferous vegetables, they produce methane gas (just like cows) LOL

    Besides choline which is critical for brain health Vegan diets are deficient in vitamin B12 (almost exclusively obtained from in meat, eggs, fish and dairy, vitamin D, iodine and selenium,

  6. Linda Parsons says:

    As in all things research is key but due to social media an unsubstantiated idea is considered ‘truth’ and people run with it. Where food is concerned the greater the range, the fresher the products, the more organic it’s cultivation the better and healthier our food will be, and as in all things moderation of consumption is the key.

  7. Beth says:

    I am fed up of hearing about cows and carbon emissions.We are now been told we need to plant more trees but it is alright for the country side, trees and places of beauty to be destroyed to build a new railway line, for more and more buildings to be built. There are no end of empty and disused places which could be either reused or pulled down and the land built on. Peat bogs are being dried out when they have been proved to absorb carbon dioxide, why? Farming is a centuries old industry passing through generations the majority of them are farming responsibily it is the large company estates that need to be looked at. I don’t eat alot of meat but really enjoy it when I do and I will continue to do so. I always buy any meat from my local butcher where it is locally sourced.

  8. Matt says:

    Has any consideration been taken into account for the huge amount of CO2, fossil fuel greenhouse gasses & the earths resources used up for the production of factory made foods and food made in a science lab. Not to mention the vast amount of food miles where no doubt some raw materials are shipped around the world to manufacture these foods. Then add to that the truck journeys needed to take them to your nearest supermarket.
    Now compare this to LOCAL grass fed meat & fresh vegetables. Reared locally, not corn fed, then sold locally at your butcher or farm shop… No comparison.

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