Ray, I think your response shows a measured intelligence, even if I disagree with a few points, and perhaps the entire gist of your argument. Still, we agree that the Meat Machine must go. I happen to believe that the evidence indicates that incorporating pasture based animal based fertility systems into our agriculture in a regenerative fashion is the #1 path toward a regenerative and sustainable food system. The carbon footprint of something like a Beyond Burger is immense, with dozens of ingredients shipped to a fro across the globe, ultimately coming under the purview of a group of engineers that create something edible that tastes kind of like meat. Meanwhile, a cow grazes across the pasture, fertilizing and stimulating plant growth and underground soil biotic communities, and becomes one food source that can feed a family for a year or so. What is more sustainable, what is less impactful, in the long run, on the the planet’s resources? Farming is a democratic process in some ways, while engineering food is tyrannical.

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