To the Editor,
Thanks to Mikkie Nettles for her article, Vegan vs Carnivores, in the May 21, 2021 edition of the Lumby Valley Times. I am not meaning to knock her message but I do have a couple comments to hopefully add to the discussion.
Most of the points made under Environmental Impact are a result of industrial agriculture. That does not make them any less true, however.
When we started our local food co-op here in Lumby in 2014 among our mandates was to promote local, organic, sustainable, regenerative agriculture (including ranching).
Huge global big-ag corporations, whose only mandate is to maximize profits and to establish a monopoly on food, have spent many millions of dollars hiring the world’s biggest public relations firms to convince us with their propaganda and cooked studies that there is no other way. That we cannot possibly feed ourselves without their chemicals and patented GMO seeds.
I do not believe that is true. I believe that our only hope is in smaller scale decentralized regenerative agriculture, where when done properly yields can be higher than industrial agriculture (not to mention much higher quality food).
Regenerative Agriculture refers to farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, helps reverse potential climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.
I truly hope that in the years to come we will see more and more young people pursuing regenerative agriculture. They will be our heroes!