Ditching veganism to raise grass-fed beef for the environment

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Why famous vegan restaurant owners abandoned veganism to raise cattle including a detailed look at the carbon math of grass fed cattle. - Links and Sources - https://www.patreon.com/micthevegan https://www.facebook.com/micthevegan https://www.instagram.com/micthevegan - @micthevegan Articles on Cafe Gratitude, Beef, and Vegans: http://tinyurl.com/jfqet9n http://www.lamag.com/digestblog/gracias-madre-cafe-gratitude-owners-just-pissed-off-entire-vegan-world/ https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/may/03/vegan-restaurant-meat-eating-owners-cafe-gratitude-california FAO, "In the global balance of methane production, ruminant livestock account for...25.7% of anthropogenic methane production." http://www-naweb.iaea.org/nafa/aph/stories/story_methane.pdf "minor amounts of CH4 need to be emitted to offset gains in CO2 mitigation from Soil Organic Carbon sequestration." http://www.fao.org/docrep/013/i1880e/i1880e07.pdf Methane 29 times CO2: http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/report/WG1AR5_Ch08SM_FINAL.pdf Aerosols make Methane 32 times as powerful as CO2: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/326/5953/716.full.pdf+html Grass fed cattle were shown to SPEW 4 times as much methane: https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/4072/PDF grass fed cattle grow 75% as fast as grain fed cattle so they produce methane for a longer period. http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/legacy/assets/documents/food_and_agriculture/global-warming-and-beef-production-summary.pdf 2.7 head of cattle per hectare of pasture http://www.therural.co.nz/livestock/livestock-property-numbers. Grazing sequestration studies: http://www.jswconline.org/content/62/2/77.full.pdf+html http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1890/1051-0761(2001)011%5b0343:GMACIG%5d2.0.CO%3b2/epdf https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/rangelands-as-carbon-sinks-to-mitigate-climate-change-a-review-2157-7617.1000221.pdf On average, a cow releases 70-120 kg of methane per year: http://timeforchange.org/are-cows-cause-of-global-warming-meat-methane-CO2 http://worldanimalnews.com/polluting-planet-methane-gas-cows-carbon-cars/ Tallgrass prairie no cows = 0.7 https://www.lrrb.org/PDF/200848.pdf Hardwood trees: 2.9 mg http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/publications/giardina/psw_2015_giardina002_gahagan.pdf Most crops: are like 0.07-0.80 (http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/niacs/local-resources/docs/Briefing1_SeqLandUseChg.pdf No Till Corn reportedly can get 3.7 MG C http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167198713000962 Vegetable sequestration average between 1.0-2.5, http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.701.2130&rep=rep1&type=pdf Vegetables AS HIGH AS 6.4 mg C/ha/yr: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/fsn/docs/HLPEII/IFOAM_Submission_to_CFS_HLPE_on_Climate_Change_and_Food_Security.pdf Earth Worms: 2.35 mg C/ha/yr: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1890/1051-0761(2001)011%5b0343:GMACIG%5d2.0.CO%3b2/epdf Savory Methane Paper: http://savory.global/assets/docs/evidence-papers/2015-methane.pdf Factory farm dairy doubled: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/insight/factory-farm-nation-2015-edition EPA: 26% of emissions are transport: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions Vegan diet uses 1/8 land: https://www.elementascience.org/articles/116 Harvesting deaths: http://www.animalvisuals.org/projects/data/1mc/ Predator killings by US gov: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/pdr/PDR-G_Report.php?fld=&fld_val= Wolf largest threat livestock farming: http://www.defenders.org/gray-wolf/threats

Comments

br0wnpunk : The methane production in the FAO paper you cite ~2:09 is based on feedlot cattle that eat corn, not grass eating pasture cattle. Methane levels are different based on the animal's diet and grazing method. Not only does grass sequester carbon, it also sequesters methane. The North American plains once sustained millions of bison, and never had a methane problem. This is due to ruminants eating what they're supposed to, grass, and grass absorbing methane released by the animals.

Unlikely Ally : Please do a whole video where you read actual animal abuse justification-quotes in supervillain voices! 😂

Alex : You're so smart, and you don't just yell and blurt out unjustifiable things like many other vegans do. You sound so smart and actually provide facts. You're the best Mic

Clemence C. : I don't understand why you don't have more subcribers. Your channel is much more informative and critical of veganism than any "plant-based food blogger" out there.

Han Boetes : Thanks for doing my homework, Mic!

MadeManⓋ : meat addicts are just grasping at straws now

Abby Rose : Mike you've slayed once again

Brick : Saw a really beautiful cow on the front of a farming magazine today. What kind of world do we live in where farmers behold the beauty of their animals yet still send them to the butcher?

Meow Glab : YAY another great vid. Thanks Mike

n0pulse : Thank you so much, as always. The Serial-Killer voice over was really funny XD

Philip Guyott : Great video. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the plan to feed seaweed to cattle. Supposedly this will reduce methane emissions by 99%, which is good news. The only problems I see with this is (to name just a few): 1. Growing and harvesting enough seaweed to feed all cattle. 2. This does not address the water usage issue. 3. This does not address the pollution caused by animal waste. 4. This still does not address the ethical issues relating to animal agriculture.

VeganRevolution : Do you send your videos to the people you are disputing?

Devon Young : Mic, you seem to keep forgetting that HUMANS ARE ANIMALS. So maybe you could say "other animals" when referring to other animals so as not to continue the psychological dissociation between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom

saintⓋearth : When ever you see a Youtube vid where some authority stooge is crying about climate change, be sure to comment about the problem/ issue of subsidizing the animal industry.

Classic Nostalgia : lmao the serial killer voice really brought home how horrid killing animals really is.

Old Earthling Carl : This is still an argument I hear so often, thanks for another great explanation :).

Miko : Omg that villain voice was spot on! Lol. If only these people could hear what they were saying like that, they'd really stop and think about their thought process.

Dan R : Most of the world remains in denial.

tamcon72 : *"We can be part of that sacrament."* What the Baphomet? Never mind a movie villain voice; I'm hearing the theme music from "The Omen" at that part. I think I've said elsewhere that people like the Engleharts are so delusional--they were prone to woo-y pronouncements for years--they should be pitied. The delusional reasoning of all these grass-fed-livestock-will-save-the-world advocates taken together points to a collective psychosis. Meater Derangement, let's call it. TFP!

Taylor T : A common narrative in the Florida conservation world is that ranchlands are the saving grace for wildlife. The logic is that if these areas weren't cattle ranches, they might have become urban developments. I agree that a cattle ranch provides way more benefits to wildlife than a development, but I don't think that means we should be celebrating and promoting cattle ranching. Ranching if just a "lesser evil", if you will.

Aarthémuse : My cat controls 100% of my house. Symbiosis my friends, leaving the dream :)

ProPhilosophy : I was just thinking... hmm, been a while since Mike released a vid. BAM uploaded 25 mins ago. Thoughts read. Video liked.

Arvid : Love your channel! Good job. 0/

Siba Burck : This channel and Nutritionfacts.org are by far the best vegan content I've found so far.

Akalion : 1:15 Oh the superior Christian morals...

Vegan For The Animals Ⓥ : Love the thumbnail pic, and also the straw hat/flannel shirt outfit....yeehah ! LOL, you're awesome...

Alex Farrell : weird, i just read an article on this today and wondered why I hadn't seen any vegan youtubers make a video about it. great, informative vid as usual :)

bracken10011 : Looking forwards to the Savory supporters (redbaron) descending on this video, to produce more MH4

TheMatron'sMilitia : AGROFORESTRY maximum water retention, carbon sequestration and yield

Mitchell'sMadness : I noticed a colour change in between shots, remember to take a moment before speaking to let your camera to adjust

Vegan Footsoldier : Another superb video

bashful228 : Hey Mik what is your email address? I'm recommending you for a speaking engagement. Also a little info to share with you. Best A

purewonka : Your eyes are freaking me out.

Clarisse : you are amazing!!! I admire you so much you manage to not only keep calm but also your good humor!<333

adissad : Mic you're awesome, keep it up. Love how scientific your videos get.

MushroomBurrito : I love how your videos are always so informative and straight to the point! (Also those parody videos as well!) So when meat eaters challenge me I can just send them one of your videos lol

Daniel Petrik : you look the type of dude who would go really well with a well defined built physique.

MauM / Mauro Miceli Consigli : THANK YOU for your videos ♥️

joseph plunkett : Hey Mic, could you do a video on animal testing? I can't really support myself in annargument against it very well and would like to hear your logic. Great videos as always 👍

Vegan Ariel : I am doing a video on why I do not care about the environment and why it matters in terms of the environment. Should be out in the next few days.

Electro-Cute : It is like those organic food puppets who assumes that going back in time makes life more sustainable XD.

TheMatron'sMilitia : AGROFORESTRY, REGENERATIVE ORGANIC POLYCULTURE and ECOLOGY🤘

Kirt Kirt : you didn't include the fossil fuels or deforestation which go into making the grain fed cattle!

Luis Medeiros Pereira : "mg" is milligrams, i think :P

Vincenti Zghra : Oh My God, That Matthew Engelhart quote;D LMAO

Brett Blair : Another well put together video Mic! Keep up the great work!

Berni Lang : man you are so great! thank ya for your great videos! and man i wish u get a lot SUBS in 2017!!! keep up your great work!

Laura Montonye Reese : You should use GWP20 not GWP100 when you compare ch4 to CO2. Ch4 is ~85x more powerful than CO2 over a 20 year time period. Given that the lifetime of ch4 is about 12 years, gwp20 is the apt comparison

Avinash Tyagi : Villain voice Mic is the best Mic