Bollocks

The post-meat age will be a healthier one. Between farming, ranching and feed crops, the livestock industry gobbles up 40% of the world’s habitable surface.

Pretty much all land is “habitable” – even parts of Wales.

They mean something like 40% of all arable, or all farmable, summat like that. Which is a very different thing indeed.

27 thoughts on “Bollocks”

  1. They want rid of most of mankind so why should they give a shite–they are just working their Adam’s Apples with eco-freak Marxist-hatespeech.

  2. Distopian Sci fi plot. In few decades hence West is mainly veeggie. Africa has developed to similar levels and thus global net meat production/consumption far exceeds what it is at present. That has the next wave of missionaries to those places extolling the blessed greggs veeggie roll.

  3. I don’t think we will be sending missionaries to Africa. Africa is sending its missionaries to Europe nowadays.

    Also, wet markets condemned by people who have never seen one and have no idea what they are.

  4. Is “post meat” like another of these evil shits’ favourites “Late capitalism”? If you keep saying it maybe it will become true?

    I suspect they’re mistaken on both counts.

  5. The whole article is bollocks. But most of agricultural land is grazing not arable. The best land is used for growing crops and the land that cannot be turned into arable is used for grazing. Abolishing farm animals will not significantly increase the availability of food for vegetarians until enough omnivores starve to death.

  6. The post-meat age will be a healthier one. Between farming, ranching and feed crops, the livestock industry gobbles up 40% of the world’s habitable surface.

    There is no connection between these two sentences, whatever the author might imagine.

  7. Slightly off topic…. I was leafing through the latest issue of the Spectator yesterday and spotted this marvellous quote in a review of Danny ‘the Dunce’ Dorling’s latest book. The reviewer, Robert Colville, describes Dorling’s output as:

    a cascade of wishful thinking that contains an almost homeopathic level of insight into human nature

    Full review here: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/is-the-world-speeding-up-or-slowing-down-depending-on-your-politics-you-can-argue-either-way

  8. Bloke in North Dorset

    The post-meat age

    And how do we get to that post-meat age? The same way as we are going to get to the post-whatever age it is that is being campaigned for in the Guardian: Fascism with the dictators being the authors of the article and their mates.

    There’s going to be an awful lot of Hitlers running around and competing with each other in the post-X world.

  9. Yeah. But notice how, even with our month’s free trial of socialism, these people haven’t retired in shame and embarrassment from public discourse?

  10. Following on from what John77 said above (“the land that cannot be turned into arable is used for grazing.”); if we try to grow crops on grazing land then we’ll need lots more artificial fertilizers since there won’t be as much animal muck as before.
    How will the eco-freaks respond to that?

  11. Re: the progressive war on meat.

    Have you ever noticed that vegetarians usually look unhealthy and skinnyfat?

    So for why the war on sausages? Steve reckons it’s an assault on masculinity itself. Meat and eggs are full of proteins, which makes you large like Gaston.

    Vegans are usually weedy, sickly, poor specimens of manhood (like Hitler) and, like those penis-stealing witches in Africa, they want to rob you of your masculinity. Because it frightens and upsets them to see proper men. They’d prefer you to look like a gender-challenged scarecrow such as George Monbiot.

    The Mongolians built the largest empire the world has ever seen, and they did it on a low-carb, meat-rich diet. This made Mongolian warriors bigger, stronger and heartier than the scrawny and pathetic rice-eating Chinese peasants they so easily overran.

    How can we have our puddings if we don’t eat our meat?

  12. @MC “….Dorling, an Oxford geography professor and demographer, has written a very strange book indeed — and one that shows the extent to which the modern left has driven itself into an intellectual cul-de-sac.”
    Dorling is an intellectual dead end.

  13. “We’ll need lots more artificial fertilizers since there won’t be as much animal muck as before. How will the eco-freaks respond to that?”

    That’ll put paid to much of the “Organic” produce so beloved of the liberal-lefty chattering classes, which XR and their “Eco-Freak” chums belong to…

  14. ‘livestock industry gobbles up 40% of the world’s habitable surface’

    Gobbles?

    40%. Fake precision. Use of maths to imply you actually know something.

  15. Have you ever noticed that vegetarians usually look unhealthy and skinnyfat?

    @Steve: every single one of them. I’ve raised this to a vegan acquaintance before: “you all claim to get more than enough protein according to !SCIENCE! but every vegan I’ve ever met is scrawny, pale and weak”. Inevitably they point to some obscure bodybuilder who is vegan/vegetarian to prove their point. To which I point out that bodybuilders massively supplement their protein (+steroids…) so hardly demonstrate “having enough from their vegan diet alone”.

  16. The post-meat age will come about when we come up with a decent and cheap laboratory cultured meat. Only it won’t be a post-meat age, it will be a post-farm-animal age. To which these campaigners will go around begging, “Can you spare some change to preserve heritage retired farm animals?.”

  17. Bloke in North Dorset

    @Steve: every single one of them. I’ve raised this to a vegan acquaintance before: “you all claim to get more than enough protein according to !SCIENCE! but every vegan I’ve ever met is scrawny, pale and weak”.

    Out of boredom I looked up my BMI on the NHS website recently and it says I’m overweight (25.2) and that I urgently need to do something about it. Without knowing anything about my lifestyle it recommended I cut my calorie intake to c1800 (I can’t be bothered to look up the range again).

    As my Fitbit Charge 2 reckons I burn just over 3k calories per day (OK, largish error bars there but its close enough for this comparison) that’s insane, the NHS must think that being scrawny, pale and weak is the preferred human condition.

  18. A (slightly) better formula for BMI is
    m^2.5/1.3h
    which gives the same result if you’re 1m69 tall, and allows for the fact that we’re not cardboard cutouts. Anyway, 25-30 range is the sweet spot for mortality 🙂

  19. Spot on. Plus land not grazeable by cows can grow Goats and Sheep

    @BiND

    NHS must think that being scrawny, pale and weak is the preferred human condition

    Only us proles, NHS staff & MPs are notoriously over weight. The over weight NHS staff are now shown daily on TV

  20. “Plus land not grazeable by cows can grow Goats and Sheep”

    Fvck that! Let’s set up a shooting range.

  21. @ Chris Miller
    The original formula was m/h^2.5 but some lazy bureaucrat decided multiple h^2 by sqrt(h) was too much like hard work

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