Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Lab-grown and plant-based meat will change everything for animals

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Take me to the slaughterhouse … I’ll wait there with the lamb.” ~ Leonard Cohen

Richard Branson has made a revolutionary prediction: “I believe that in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone.”

In Jeremy Rifkin’s 1992 book, “Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture,” he wrote, “There are currently 1.28 billion cattle populating the earth. They take up nearly 24 percent of the land mass of the planet and consume enough grain to feed hundreds of millions of people. Their combined weight exceeds that of the human population on earth.

“Above all, ‘Beyond Beef’ adds up the cost of all this. It depicts a world in which the poorer peoples of the planet have been starved to…

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7 comments on “Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Lab-grown and plant-based meat will change everything for animals

  1. Frankly, putting this kind of picture in people’s faces would force them to actually THINK about what “food” animals are put thru! I also can imagine the response: oh, it hurts too much to look at that – I cant think about it!
    I’ve heard that before – so that excuses the lack of any action? Don’t thinks so!


  2. Agree it’s a horrific photo, but it carries no caption, isn’t a traditional beef cow (might be a milk cow), the blood comes from a broken horn and this animal is laying on dirt and leaves with what appears to be a broken neck—possibly from a car accident or similar impact. Wild horse advocates (of all people) should be capable of critically evaluating photos appended to make some political point.
    Passion and concern are high human values, but we all have to raise our standards to be credible. This photo, while shocking, is inflammatory in this context and fails to relate to the topic.


    • Inflammatory, yes – but dairy/milk cows are thrown away every day when they can no longer produce milk. The subject of factory farms & the abuse of food animals is an inflammatory one – whether the picture relates to the topic or not. I guess compared to pictures taken at a slaughterhouse, this one is not as horrific as some. Maybe their point was to compare lab meats with the original product – the actual living animal. People who only know meat as packaged in the market might need to be reminded?


      • Hate to disagree, but the photo is irresponsible in context of the article. That you have to guess about its inclusion should raise more questions for everyone. For all we know, it could be a sacred cow in India that got hit by a train. The point is we don’t know, so this is irreponsible and agenda-driven, the very things we decry when our government (and others) publish similar things about our wild horses and burros.


  3. Of the 9 billion land animals raised for food in the United States each year, less than 1 percent live out their lives on pasture, breathing fresh air. The vast majority reside instead within overcrowded warehouses, barely able to move or engage in natural behaviors. This industrial-scale farming causes terrible animal suffering, and has taken a tremendous toll on the environment, as well. According to a 2013 UN Food and Agriculture Organization study, animal agriculture accounts for 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. It is also responsible for massive amounts of deforestation and water use.


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