Would it be worth abandoning farming altogether and switching to an entirely synthetic diet in order to save the planet? George Monbiot seems to think so. We tackle the gross simplification that farming, as a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, is therefore an undesirable aspect of human society.
Farming advocates see livestock not as the great climate polluters, but as essential tools in a functioning agroecological system—ones that provide a highly nutritious, salable food product. “People have a very distorted view of the important role that animals play in human health and the sustainability movement.”