a landscape with cattle


1 July 1942, Canada
Canadian Farm Scene
designers: Douglas and Mary Patrick

It is a familiar landscape of farming – but those cattle were not indigenous. They were brought to the continent by farmers who emigrated from Europe. Where the climate is humid enough for the field to grow wild grass to feed cattle, the carbon footprint is not too high. But when the wild grass does not catch up to recover after being eaten, you have to grow vegetables to feed cattle – that is when sustainable efficiency goes down.

“Feast to Save the Planet” is BBC Horizon program, to check and compare the carbon footprint facts and scored on the environmental impact of each dish on the menu. These researches show us not only that the distance of transport is significant, but also efficiency of food production and the nature of animals and plants we grow.



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