Episode 10: Why “Meat Is Bad for the Environment” Is Inaccurate

May 05, 2024

Welcome to Episode 10 of The Road to Carnivore Podcast!

In this 20-minute episode we are going to examine the environmental angle of eating meat.

The dominant narrative is that meat is bad for the environment and because of that, we should limit meat consumption. But eliminating meat is not the solution. 

Animals are integral for a sustainable and healthy food system, and cows are part of the solution to climate change.

The full picture is missing from the narrative that meat is bad for the environment, and in this episode, we go through the environmental criticisms of meat one by one, and also talk about why animals are essential for the sustainability of our soils and land.

Where to Listen:

Show Links and Resources:

UC Davis: Why Methane from Cattle Warms the Climate Differently Than CO2 from Fossil Fuels

Soil Carbon Storage by Todd A. Ontl (Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University, Ames, IA) & Lisa A. Schulte (Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University, Ames, IA)

Joint FAO/IAEA Report: Belching Ruminants, a minor player in atmospheric methane

Environmental Defense Fund: Global Risk Assessment of High Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Rice Production

Microsoft buys carbon credits from NSW cattle operation

Can Cows Help Mitigate Climate Change? Yes they can

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Land Degradation: An Overview from the USDA

Cows, and farmers, are part of the solution to climate change by Ph.D Frank Mitloehner

Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

EPA Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Sacred Cow by Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf

The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Soils – A Review

What Causes Ocean Dead Zones?

What is regenerative agriculture?

The Green, Blue, and Grey Water Footprint of Farm Animals and Animal Products

Land Regeneration – Building Soil with Animal Impact: White Oak Pastures

Yes, eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate

Livestock and the Environment. Meeting the Challenge from the FAO

Livestock: On our plates or eating at our table? A new analysis of the feed/food debate

CDC Adult Obesity Facts

Meat Consumption Does Not Explain Differences In Household Food Carbon Footprints In Japan

The Environmental Impact of Dialysis vs Transplantation

UC Davis: The Biogenic Carbon Cycle and Cattle

How Fertilizers Harm Earth

Reuters: Millions of Abandoned Oil Wells are Leaking Methane, a Climate Menace

Could our farms become the world’s great untapped carbon sink?

White Oak Pastures Study