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Elanco's Sara Place Says Converting To a Vegan Diet Would Not Improve The Environment
Thu, 27 Aug 2020 08:12:51 CDT
If every U.S. citizen went on a vegan diet it would have very little impact on the global environment, says Dr. Sara Place, chief sustainability officer with Elanco Animal Health, Inc.
KC Shepherd Beef Buzzes With Dr. Sara Place
The former Oklahoma State University animal scientist and NCBA staff person, was recently interviewed by KC Shepherd, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network associate farm director.
You canít eat your way out of climate change, Place said.
It doesnít make a big difference if you substitute your diet, she said.
Place noted a recent study that focused on the issue of every American going on a vegan diet.
What would happen is we would slightly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 2.6 percent, Place said.
But the tradeoff is you would have no vitamin B12 in our food supply, and thatís a key essential nutrient, she said. Without it, we would not be alive.
Thatís with all the livestock disappearing overnight and so the reality is It doesnít scale to much change, Place said.
Youíre not changing the demand structure because someone globally will eat beef, she said.
As we look at whatís happening in the world the overwhelming trend continues as people get more money in their pocket, they eat more animal sourced foods. Thatís a good thing for humans because there are a lot of people who are protein deficient, she said.
I donít think we want to live in a society where you massively control what people eat, she said.
People respond better to positive things so cattle producers need to say we take responsibility for this and a lot of things we can do to improve are basic animal husbandry practices, Place said.
Better animal welfare equals better for the planet, Place said.
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