Recent comments by: Scipio
If people come to a considered reason do be vegetarian then good on them.
My issue is when people start making broad assumptions. The idea that grazing stock takes away from cropping is wrong. Most livestock graze land unsuitable for production horticulture/cropping.
These same uninformed people will then extol the benefits of e10 petrol, unaware farmers are ripping up food crops overseas to plant fuel crops, contributing to world hunger even more.
Or they buy cash crops 3rd world farmers plant instead of growing food.
Entitled lifestyles are ruining the world more than meat production.
Anyone thinking farming isn't lots of hard work is dreaming. There is more to it than planting some wheat seeds or rotating stock and waiting for the cash to roll in. If you can't turn a profit it really says more about your management practices or inability to read loan documents. Too many hobby farmers wanting a romantic "farming lifestyle" buying up prime land with huge bank loans forcing up costs for people who want to expand and work land effectively and budget. If you have to stay at your 9-5 job to pay the bank and just visit the animals on weekends, you aren't really farming.
He is right insofar as higher levels of CO2 benefit plants. They need CO2 to thrive and it was the pre-historic CO2 rich atmosphere that allowed plants to cover the planet. In high tech hydroponic set ups you pump in CO2 to increase plant growth for this reason, so from a plant life point of view CO2 is a good thing. No so much for the rest of the biosphere though. Animal life has evolved based on reduced CO2 levels and temperatures. The planet will survive, adapt and thrive, just not in a way we recognise. Humans won't destroy the world this way, just change it.