Can a Hot Dog Save the Planet?

Mark Gordon Brown By Mark Gordon Brown, 16th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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There are many virtues of eating a vegetarian diet. Indeed by reducing the amount of meat we eat we can help improve the conditions of the environment, and our health too. How much of an impact will it make if we eat vegetarian hot dogs?

Are Soy Hot Dogs the Answer?

How many Soy Hot Dogs would it take to “Save The Planet”?

Meat is very destructive to the planet. Water is drained from rivers, not just for the livestock to drink, but to water crops for the livestock. Land is cleared, again, not just for the livestock, but also to grow crops for them. It is far better just to produce something that humans can eat rather than to produce something for some other animal to eat and then for us to kill that animal but is soy the answer?

In order to make soy wieners you have to build a factory to process the soy beans and turn them into soy hot dogs. It really seems as if some people fail to understand that soy wieners and soy-based products do not actually grow on trees and that processing of the soy is required. Processing can cause environmental damage.

Further more a huge amount of the soy beans that are currently product are GMO, meaning that in addition to being questionable, they are probably also being produced with enormous amounts of pesticides and other chemicals. *Note that GMO crops are engineered to tolerate sprays that kill other weeks, as such nearly all GMO crops are coated with chemicals. Any food that is not local is bad for the environment because of shipping.

But, What about Cattle Production?

Surely that does far more damage to the environment than Soy? Proper raising of cattle on the prairie or pampas is far less damaging to those ecosystems than planting any type of crop could ever be. Preparing large tracts of prairie or pampas land to plant soy, or any crop for that matter, is not that different from clear cutting a rain forest. Soy products are far more dangerous to prairie, pampas, or even savannah ecosystems, than hot dogs or hamburgers from cattle that are raised grass based with those ecosystems in mind.

Again I will say the consumption of beef, and all meat, needs to be reduced greatly, and we need to get away from the industrialization of the meat industry, and agriculture on a whole. Meat based protein needs to be obtained in ways that are more sustainable. This can be achieved by learning from various agricultural systems of the past to create a new and better model for the future, and by not over-consuming meat in general. Specifically, in regards to meat production, “Micro-Livestock” and “Aquaculture” can be fully explored on an ecosystem by ecosystem basis including that of the urban sprawl of North America, Europe, and some Asian Countries.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Retired
16th Mar 2015 (#)

I agree-Indrustrialization of the meat and the agricultural products should be immediately stopped in the greater interest of our ecosystem. Soy is definitely not the solution, there is no second opinion about that. To cut a long story short, we are simply jeopardizing the planet to satisfy our taste buds.
Thanks for sharing. This is a well-researched article,I must say.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Mar 2015 (#)

Interesting article, Mark. I plead guilty to being a meat and potato man, have been ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper growing up down on the family farms, and probably will be until the day I finally kick the bucket.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
16th Mar 2015 (#)

Mark, this is an excellent article. You bring up some wonderful points. I've known all along that soy is not the way. Over the past few years I have slowly tried to cut back on meat. I was never a big meat eater to start with. I have not totally eliminated it but I'm much closer than what I used to be. I think we would be doing our bodies a great service if we gave up meat from this day forward. The planet would be a better place and so would our hearts and arteries.

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Mar 2015 (#)

I would not want to get rid of our animals at all. I haven't tried a soy hot dog, not sure that I would like it

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author avatar writestuff
17th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Interesting and information post.

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author avatar Ptrikha
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Unless one is living in extremely cold or hot conditions, where nothing grows for one to eat, others like us can have a variety of vegetarian options to have.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Apr 2015 (#)

Good highlight, Mark. People from tropical countries can survive without meat, fish or even eggs like I do. I will not say it is the right thing to do until I walk in others' shoes for miles!

I remember a friend telling that there will not be be enough to eat if all turned to vegetarianism till I realized there will be surplus as cattle population can be reduced and also the water consumption to process meat - siva

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author avatar Sherri Granato
30th Apr 2015 (#)

I am not a fan of hotdogs, beef, lamb, and most other products made from meat. I could easily maintain a vegetarian diet. I have noticed that serious meat eaters are bulking up over the past few decades. Perhaps this is due to all of the hormones that they inject into farm animals.

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author avatar peachpurple
9th Aug 2015 (#)

if everyone could cut down on eating meats, I believe hotdog can save our planet

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