By Viv Forbes
The Green Wreckers who destroyed Australia’s cheap reliable electricity are now targeting our cattle industry.
They use fake science and false advertising to threaten our right to produce and consume real meat.
This stupidity relies on a totally false argument that grazing animals cause global warming by releasing carbon dioxide and methane to the atmosphere.
However, grazing animals have already reached “Net Zero”. They add ZERO carbon to the environment – they just help to recycle the same carbon products, endlessly.
Grasses and crops extract CO2 from the atmosphere and add minerals, water and nutrients from the soil. They then use solar energy to create plant sugars and release oxygen. All grasses are either eaten by grazing animals and termites, or burnt in grass-fires lit by humans or lightning. Then comes the rain, the grasses re-grow, and the cycle starts again.
Cattle harvest these crops and grasses, creating meat, bones and exhaust gases. (That’s real carbon farming.)
Some of the carbon products that cattle eat get exhausted from both ends as CO2 and methane but not one atom of new carbon is introduced to the atmosphere by grasses, crops or cattle. They are just cogs in the endless carbon cycle that supports all life on Earth.
Moreover, contrary to the usual alarms, the atmospheric warming impact of methane from cattle is negligible since the few radiation absorption lines of methane are swamped by the absorption bands of the much more abundant water vapour. The same heat cannot be trapped twice. As physicist Dr Tom Sheahen points out:
Worrying about methane emissions is the greatest waste of time
in the entire lexicon of global warming fanaticism. . . .
CH4’s effect is so tiny as to be completely irrelevant.
Cattle even aid carbon sequestration as their meat gets incorporated into long-lived human bodies.
As the decades and centuries pass, prodigious amounts of carbon are transferred from the atmosphere to grasses, to beef steak and hamburgers, to milk and cream, and thus to human bodies and bones.
Eventually, billions of human bodies are buried (together with the considerable carbon fixed in their wooden coffins). Unlike the carbon temporarily captured in soils, much of this carbon in human cemeteries is often permanently captured and buried.
Not only are Greens ignorant of the full carbon cycle of life, they also can’t count properly – they just measure what suits their red-green agenda. Moreover, sequestration (or trying to bury carbon forever) is anti-life and serves no useful purpose. All farmed soils will become severely deficient unless they are fertilised with organic nutrients (like composted biomass or cattle manure) and mined or manufactured fertilisers containing, lime, magnesite, phosphate, nitrogen and trace elements.
Cattle have always served human needs by converting inedible grasses into edible proteins and fats. Their hides make leather, and their bones and waste are recycled to make fertiliser.
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors treasured meat, supplemented by seasonal fruits, bulbs and tubers. When threatened by occasional starvation they learned how to process and eat grass seeds safely. We interfere with this ancient food heritage at our peril.
Men and cattle share millennia of history. Since the days of Aurochs and Longhorns, Bison and Buffalo, Nguni and Waygu, Yak and Zebu, men have hunted, protected, branded, worshipped, harvested, stolen, re-branded, milked and farmed Herefords, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorns, Angus, Charolais, Jerseys, Friesians, Guernseys and many other breeds.
But now Green wackos from the aptly named “Extinction Rebellion” plan to ration and tax real meat while fraudulently labelling a manufactured plant-based concoction as “meat”.
Australia has about 26 million cattle producing meat, milk and cream. If meat is to be rationed why not also ration milk and cream for weet-bix, deserts and cappuccinos?
Why cull Australia’s cattle when India has more than 300 million cattle and lets millions of them roam freely because Hindus consider them sacred?
Why ration red meat in Australia when Brazil alone has more than 230 million cattle and South America’s beef consumption exceeds that of the USA and Australia, in total and per capita?
Why ration red meat in Australia when China, with about 97 million cattle, continually increases its meat consumption?
These cattle haters cannot be trusted. If meat rationing fails they will discover or invent a bovine disease that requires mass slaughter of cattle followed by more land closures and new decrees on carrying capacity. Even more land will be denied to pastoralists and their cattle.
However, even if all cattle suddenly vanished from the face of the Earth, grass growth would explode to feed mammoth bushfires, or be consumed by termites, or just rot – a real Negative Sum game to achieve world starvation. Maybe de-population is their plan?
Here is a message for the cattle haters, people haters and meat counterfeiters: “Hands Off our Grasslands, our Cattle and our Real Meat.”
Loony Greens demand a Meat Tax:
Consumers don’t want plant food labelled as meat:
Greenhouse Gases – the effect of CO2 from ruminants is trivial and methane is irrelevant:
UN claims Meat is the World’s most urgent problem – Not Even Close:
World must reach ‘peak meat’ by 2030 to meet climate change targets:
Real Meat is a Natural Product Fuelled by Solar Powered Bio-Mass:
Viv Forbes has tertiary qualifications in geology, chemistry, physics and soil science and is Executive Director of the Saltbush Club. He and his wife have spent a lifetime raising cattle, sheep and goats on natural pastures using rotational grazing with minimal chemicals or drugs. They understand soil health and the Carbon Cycle of Life. They eat real meat raised on natural pastures.