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Woke science journal Lancet goes to war against meat

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It’s not our job to have an opinion about meat. But when anti-meat advocacy contributes to a pattern of politically driven departure from facts in a science journal’s publication choices (in this case, Lancet), it forms part of a depressing (and relevant) “Trust the Science!” pattern.

As so often, the American Council on Science and Health has the story. First, the sky is not falling and Chicken Little needs anti-anxiety meds:

Recent research has shown, for example, that the amount of land dedicated to raising animals for food has declined markedly in recent decades. Indeed, all models of GHG emissions from land-use changes indicate that they have declined by a third since 2000. Technological innovations that improve animal health, produce better feed, and optimize the animals themselves for food production could boost this global sustainability trend. Dairies and livestock operations can even collect methane from animal manure and use it as an alternative energy source, turning a potent GHG into a sustainable source of fuel…

Moreover, approximately two-thirds of the world’s agricultural land is marginal, meaning only grass grows there. The good news is that ruminant livestock converts these nutritionally useless grasses into meat and milk that contain a wide variety of nutrients humans need.

These facts should radically alter EAT-Lancet’s policy recommendations, but the scientists on the commission aren’t familiar enough with farming to properly assess the evidence. “I think they are well-intended,” Mitloehner added, “but they don’t work enough with people in agriculture to understand subtleties or these reports would read differently.”

Cameron English, “Time To Eat Bugs? The Lancet’s Science-Free Campaign Against Meat” at American Council on Science and Health (March 15, 2022)

Prediction from the coffee room: Lancet won’t take up the cause of eating bugs instead. That’s likely one Woke too far unless your job is giving advice at the UN… Even then, you only have to advocate it…

You may also wish to read: Asked by science watchdog: Why is Lancet — famed medical journal — into anti-science advocacy? Sure, “anti-science” is a loaded term. So often, it just means inconvenient science or “unacceptable views” or revelations of ties that should definitely be investigated. Or whatever. In some cases, it can mean a preference for Wokeness over facts.

10 Replies to “Woke science journal Lancet goes to war against meat

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    polistra says:

    The relentless push toward bugs seems counterproductive. It’s a terrible way to sell a reduced-meat diet. There are all sorts of yummy meat-free dishes available in every culture. Those should be the sales pitch.

    The logical conclusion (and the plain fact) is that environmentalists don’t want to sell reduced meat consumption. They want to KILL HUMANITY in the most grotesque and painful and torturous and humiliating way. Forcing the peasants to choose between roaches and starvation will give INFINITE SEXUAL DELIGHT to the demons.

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    BobRyan says:

    Humans are omnivores by design. For those who believe in speciation, despite no evidence, we evolved to be omnivores. Not eating meat is just as physically damaging as not eating fruits and vegetables. A balanced diet is needed to live a healthy life. The body does not process proteins from plants all that well and supplements are about worthless.

    Vegetarians and vegans demand everyone cater to them without them catering to anyone. Pretty typical of socialists/Marxists who never experienced the horrors of those governments. Demand others give up something and never give up anything in return. They believe they will be the privileged without realizing they are seen as nothing more than useful idiots.

    Trotsky was a useful idiot to Lenin who outlived his usefulness. His red army was handed to Stalin, losing any influence he had. Stalin murdered him, once his people tracked him down.

    It does not get more idiotic than vegans.

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    bornagain77 says:

    <blockquote?
    Jesse Watters Eats Steak While Debating Toxic Masculinity
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juDWQ7BBOmo
    A Fox News host took what could have been a skit from a comedy show and dined on a steak while interviewing a vegan.
    Jesse Watters pulled out a plate mid-conversation and went to town while the feminist academic explained how eating meat contributes to "toxic masculinity" and re-enforces gender stereotypes.

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    Seversky says:

    This should allay The Lancet’s moral qualms. I heard a piece on the radio about a scientist who is developing a process for growing meat – just the tissue – from stem cells, I think. He thinks he will have a marketable product in the next couple of years and will be able to grow the likes of chicken, beef and pork. For those who’ve read the novel, shades of “Chicken Little” from C M Kornbluth’s The Space Merchants

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    chuckdarwin says:

    BobRyan @2
    I thought Adam and Eve were vegans….

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    Scamp says:

    Prediction from the coffee room: Lancet won’t take up the cause of eating bugs instead.

    We already eat shrimp, lobster and crab.

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    doubter says:

    BobRyan@2
    I agree that humans are by nature omnivores, that need a certain amount of animal protein for health, but this discussion hasn’t explored one of the most egregiously upsetting (at least to the civilized) side effect of the meat industry. This is the huge amount of animal suffering undergone by the uncountable millions of chickens and cattle and pigs grown in cruel factory farms strictly as industrial units destined for people’s consumption. These creatures are at least to some extent sentient beings that can and do suffer the terrible crowded conditions and slaughtering methods of the factory farms.

    And then there is the vast production of environmentally toxic bio-methane from the ordure of these endless herds of cattle mainly, though I think this problem is being exaggerated for political purposes.

    In my opinion this is a vast evil that can only be alleviated through higher technology such as meat tissue farming (which has been mentioned although disparagingly), and less appetizingly by insect farming and consumption. I myself am a meat eater and enjoy it a lot – I think this is instinctual and indicates the body’s need for these nutrients. Unfortunately these realizations can engender a little cognitive dissonance, but so be it.

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    jerry says:

    I signed up for an interesting video site that had a series called By the Numbers. It starts out with the question “How many French Fries has McDonalds sold?”

    This episode then proceeds with the history of fast food and becomes extremely informative. But at the end it goes into about 10 minutes of climate change propaganda and how cows will be the end of mankind. There’s not enough to provide everyone in the world with beef and the methane they emit will cause the atmosphere to become toxic.

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    davidl1 says:

    A Fox News host took what could have been a skit from a comedy show and dined on a steak while interviewing a vegan.

    I suspect I agree with whatever the host said about “toxic masculinity”, but eating steak while interviewing a vegan seems like something a 12 year old bully would do. I saw Paul Begala (maybe misspelled, I think he was on Crossfire) do something similar a long time before I became vegan, and I thought it was pathetic then too.

    This is the huge amount of animal suffering undergone by the uncountable millions of chickens and cattle and pigs grown in cruel factory farms strictly as industrial units destined for people’s consumption. These creatures are at least to some extent sentient beings that can and do suffer the terrible crowded conditions and slaughtering methods of the factory farms.

    That’s what got me to become vegan-ish. The suffering is staggering. I’ve been mostly vegan for about 3 years now and I’m not aware of any negative impact to my health. The food definitely doesn’t taste as good, but it’s good enough.

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    jerry says:

    Not about meat, but about food.

    We’re Not Facing a Global Food Crisis

    https://asmith.ucdavis.edu/news/russia-ukraine#.Yjhyx-GGyFI.twitter

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