Green Eggs and…Beef?

Over the past few weeks we have been really diving into what constitutes green washing and why we should be aware of it. Something we have yet to cover though in this arena is the greenwashing of meat and animal products.

The first part of this I want to address is with brands of eggs that are free-range, pasture-raised and cage free. Their is no regulation over these terms. Now aside from that, the terms are misleading. They all sound the same right? Well, free-range actually just means the chickens can “have access” to pasture, and access constitutes literally a hole in a wall that they may not even fit out of, just that they have access to look outside qualifies them for this tier of labeling. Cage-free just means they quite literally don’t live in cages, but they still have inhumane conditions, living with only 1-2 ft of space per chicken, indoors for their entire lives. Pasture-raised is the only decent term in this which states they must have outdoor conditions for some portion of their lives, but since there are no standards in place, we don’t know as consumers how long or how often they are outdoors.

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Grass-fed meat gives us the impression that it is not contributing to factory farming which is to blame for loads of methane in the atmosphere as well as endless amounts of grain which takes up space to grow. But grass-fed meat unless it is raised and purchased locally, is not a viable alternative for the environment to survive through. The animals that are grass-fed are being raised in places like the amazon, which means rainforests are destroyed at a constant rate all so that cattle can graze there, be slaughtered and then be shipped to us which is another contributing factor to climate change. Organic meat is no better. The meat and dairy industry has found a way to reach people who used to be vegetarian by pretending to be concerned with animal welfare and our environment, but like all greenwashing schemes, it is a facade. Locally-raised eggs, meat and dairy are the only somewhat-sustainable options for our planet.

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2 thoughts on “Green Eggs and…Beef?

  1. I always buy organic eggs because they are in cardboard containers instead of styrofoam, but I always thought it was also good that they are “cage-free.” I had no idea that it was probably a scam. I guess the only way I feel good about eating eggs is if I raise the chickens myself! I will have to think more about my food options when I am at the grocery! Thanks!

    Chelsea Walters

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  2. While the methane gas emitted by cattle across the board are virtually the same regardless of the diet of the cattle, it seems to me that grass fed cattle is more sustainable because of feeding them grass instead of corn. At the end of the day, corn takes up so much space in agricultural areas that could be a habitat to other species or growing different crops that benefit the environment in differing ways. Also the lives of grass fed cattle are of a higher quality than those fed corn. And as a plus I truly believe that grass fed beef tastes better than corn fed cattle. \

    Grant Moss

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