Reading articles about this it blows my mind that the other meat industries can meet the standards with very few exceptions(and those exceptions are give these specific standards a year or two longer) but pork can’t meet it and they throw a fit like they are requiring a first born. I also agree with OP that pork does create awful problems to fix.
For those wondering what this has to do with the environment, the pieces talk about the deleterious effects of the pork industry on climate as well as feces-created dead zones and other such localized nasties.
Bacon is not a necessity
I could live without it, wouldn’t miss it if it was gone despite omit being one of my top 5 fav foods.
Bacon is overrated as all get out too
With all the tech in the Bay Area I’m sure they can figure out how to produce bacon sustainably. May have to be an exec at Google to be able to afford it though.
Until there are viable lab-grown meat alternatives that are basically the same as the real thing and shown to be safe and tasty, things like bacon arent just going to “disappear”. A forced paradigm shift simply isn’t going to happen in a timeframe that will make any difference without a culturally accepted substitute. Anything else is just pie-in-the-sky.
We have to ensure that any alternatives to
pork are carbon-neutral. Soybeans (used to make tofu and many meat substitutes) are not necessarily the better option.
Pigs are smart creatures anyways..we don’t need bacon it’s fine besides I believe we have vegetarian bacon and such.
Haha. And just like that we will have bacon cartels. This is utopia legislation with good intentions but the void of all reality. Drug cartels already run the avocado and they have the logistics and power to run more.
Why are we so focused on the bacon only? The whole pig is out of bounds.
Pigs can be important. You know all those buffets in Las Vegas, the food waste goes to a local pig farm.
Bacon isnt going anywhere.
California shoots themselves in the proverbial foot like this daily, but I think this is being so heavily reported on in efforts to distract from bigger political failure, which is a reason why there is a massive nationwide bacon shortage expected:
I love bacon it’s delicious.
Oh, look! We’re being brigaded by the eating disorder sect for the tenth time today!
Welcome to /r/environment. Please stop making yourselves sick with your elective malnutrition. Please stop trying to make other people sick by spreading your insanity around.
Please understand that you will never be herbivores and that those chia seeds, quinoa, avocado, coconut and cocoa you import from the other side of the world are polluting the environment more than some locally sourced animal products.
But wait… there’s more:
>[Smithfield Foods, Inc.,](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smithfield_Foods) is a pork producer and food-processing company based in Smithfield, Virginia, in the United States, and a wholly owned subsidiary of WH Group of China.[a] Founded in 1936 as the Smithfield Packing Company by Joseph W. Luter and his son, the company is the largest pig and pork producer in the world.
>Then known as Shuanghui Group, WH Group purchased Smithfield Foods in 2013 for $4.72 billion. It was the largest Chinese acquisition of an American company to date. The acquisition of Smithfield’s 146,000 acres of land made WH Group, headquartered in Luohe, Henan province, one of the largest overseas owners of American farmland.
Insane to me, that they refuse to comply with the absolute bare minimum.
The author is wrong about bloodletting. For those of us with hemochromatosis, it’s an absolute necessity.
Is this what the politicians are referring to when they say they want to cut the pork?
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