Yes,you can raise deer and other animals in Nature ,but under management,under the trees ,with camps (corals)with out harming Nature as such,
Cattle means eliminating Nature and exchanging it for pasture
A CHANGE OF DIET
You do not need to stop eating meat ,just stop eating cows ,they are very destructive .
They are not natural animals but are an invention of man.
Their feet and weight compact the ground and raise the salt to the surface ,
They change the natural pampas grasses because of their limited preferences
And they consume a lot of water ,
If not carefully managed ,they over graze and kill the grass by eating it down to the roots.
They are also expensive to raise because of disease and parasites(medicines and tick baths),as well as constant vigilance ,(extra labor)
On top of all that forests are cut down to make way for the grazing land ,
Mexico is being destroyed by tortillas and beef ,
their principal food (they hardly eat vegetables)
And now we are told over and over again that they contribute to Global Warming Although how this is determined beats me ,maybe they got fart meters
So bad cows ,but really bad people not so much the ones who raise them ,they merely respond to the market,but the ones who insist on eating them ,and those promoting the product.
If only we could be persuaded to change our diets ,maybe make it a new fashion to eat wild life ,but managed and bred.
Wild boar,Rabbits ,Deer(many varieties), Pheasants ,Buffalo, Partridge ,Iguanas,Ducks ,Crocodile tail(delicious)vipers (double delicious)the list is endless,,can all be raised and produced with out harming the Environment under the trees using Natural Flora or Fauna with some extra food and salt licks thrown in. ,
And so turning forests into meat raising and tourist operations(controlled hunting and photography).culling the males ,
Ending up with sustainable situations with multiple benefits ,both economic and Environmental ,the meat ,the hunting ,the Eco tourism ,and the Environment as a whole.
The best example ever ,of sustainable grazing or land use for animals , which offers the maximum benefits, has never been employed ,
People are so clever .
And that was the African veld or prairies ,these places were jam packed with many hundreds of species of animals and grasses ,an immense treasure of meat ,and the food needed to sustain the production included in the landscape, with a quality and disease control build in ,(in the form of predators ).
All we needed to do ,was to protect it and cull the males for the market.
Man in his wisdom killed the animals ,changed the flora ,added cows and destroyed the place within a 100 years
This is what happened in South Africa ,Many places that once were full of wild animals are now deserted(abandoned) ranches because of desertification due to over grazing and over use of subterranean water supplies.
So when we talk about sustainability , Nature is still the master
The hooves of deer are pointed ,they punch holes in the ground (which is one method of reclaiming deserts ,punching holes in the ground)this forms a micro climate where one seed can sustain it self into germination by the one drop of condensation that is created by the hole,
i see that the only argument raised here was fueled by greed ,not sustainability or the Environment
· 1 decade ago