Taking into account the system of balanced circulation of nutrients in the food chain, it turns out that if these nutrients circulate in a balanced form between soil, plant or animal, the environment does not deteriorate in any way. On the contrary – the environment is constantly kept in a very good condition – said Prof. Roman Niżnikowski, President of the Association for Sustainable Development of Poland Prof. Dr. hab. Jan Szyszko, lecturer at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, refers to the view that animal breeding has a negative impact on the natural environment.
The European Commission has received an application to register a new EU citizens’ initiative, which aims to eliminate livestock farming for human purposes in the European Union. The first step in this direction is to ban the slaughter of animals. The initiative’s creators argue their radical demands with the threat of climate catastrophe as livestock farms emit large amounts of methane into the atmosphere. Animal breeding replaces the production of cell meat. The “News of the Day” guest pointed out that “test tube meat” production is possible, but may not be as ideal as it seems.
– For example, when comparing animal meat and – let’s call it – laboratory meat, it may be comparable in the light of current knowledge, while in the light of knowledge we do not yet know, no comparison can be made – be the interlocutor of Radio Maryja.
The professor also pointed out that the impact of animal breeding on the climate is not clear-cut.
– Here we are talking about greenhouse gas emissions from animal production – today it is comparable to greenhouse gas emissions produced by wasted food. They’re similar at the current level, so we’re going to destroy livestock. What about food that is thrown away? It will continue to emit methane into the atmosphere. This is such a look. On the other hand, are animals harmful to the environment? I would strongly oppose such an opinion here because according to our research it is quite the opposite. Taking into account the system of balanced circulation of nutrients in the food chain, it turns out that if these nutrients circulate in a balanced form between soil, plant or animal, the environment does not deteriorate in any way. On the contrary – the environment is always kept in a very good condition – said the president of the Association for Sustainable Development of Poland Prof. Dr. hab. Jan Szyszko.
Disturbance occurs when the equilibrium is disturbed.
Prof. Roman Niżnikowski recalled that livestock farming in Europe is not limited to the production of meat, milk, eggs or other animal products.
– There is also a new discipline, which is rarely talked about for political reasons, because it is not a popular conception, but animals – especially small ones – are very eagerly used by the authorities, for example for landscaping, green areas, and various types of objects. Here it is very difficult to live without animals, even in mountainous areas – emphasizes.
The SGGW teacher pointed out that the ban on breeding and slaughtering animals upsets the balance in nature, because without human intervention animals will multiply indefinitely, which will lead to numerous damage and thus an ecological disaster. In addition, given the average diet of people of which 52 percent. diets are animal products, and 48 percent. vegetables, the ban on the production of meat and other animal products will also affect most citizens. He pointed out that the human body, especially with great effort, is not able to survive and only get energy from plant products.
– We have many great athletes who in many cases base their diet mainly on plant foods. At some point, with such an effort, the body revolts, which is unable to show its full efficiency. It turns out that to supplement the efficiency, it is necessary to include foods of animal origin. It cannot be separated in any way so that human health could function according to accepted standards – Prof. Roman Nisnikowski.
The ideal solution is also not to replace insect protein in our diet with protein from meat of farm animals with insect protein, which has been proposed for some time, not only because of the resistance of a large part of Europeans to consuming this type of food. While the environmental impact would indeed be lower, as insects require less water to produce one kilogram of protein, EU standards do not allow insects as food for general consumption.
The whole conversation is available [tutaj]†