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AnimalAgConversions

Animal Agriculture Farm Conversions to Plant-based Farming

Personal note: The creator of this page is a 40-year vegan activist. This page is being created to help animal ag farmers transition out of animal agriculture and into the inevitable plant-based economy, and hopefully with a soft, but swift landing. The motivations for creating this page are 1. to hasten the end of animal agriculture, 2. to help farmers save their farms, businesses and land, and 3. to help farm workers to not lose their jobs.


Table of Contents

Farm Conversion Explanation
Rationale to Convert to the Plant-based Economy
The Changing Market
Plant-Based Foods Industry Info & Growth Data
Food Tech Advancements
Transition Support Consultants
Former Animal Ag Farmer Stories
Resources

Farm Conversion Explanation
Many markets change over time. For example, we have seen tobacco industry sales reduce significantly over the recent decades. The coal industry is in the early stages of dying. The nuclear industry has fallen way off. The same is happening with animal agriculture, which is in the throes of converting to plant-based food systems. This page provides information, data, resources and contacts to assist farmers in this transformation to the plant-based economy.

If you are an animal ag farmer reading this, please understand that this effort is being put forth by vegans to assist you in transitioning away from animal agriculture. While you may experience opposition from vegans in general, this page is designed to help farmers keep their farms and so no one's jobs will be lost. Please know that vegans do care about you, we just want you to change your business expeditiously. There is no time to waste.


Collard greens are one of the most nutrient-dense foods according to the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI), created by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
Plant-based foods are an idea whose time has come. The market is changing. Please get ahead of this sea change to protect your business, property and employees.


Rationale to Convert to the Plant-based Economy

The Animals
Conversions are done to save the animals from being treated as objects, slaves, and commodities. There is no legitimate behavior toward animals other than to respect them and not commodify them.

There is no path of treating the animals better before they are slaughtered that will be acceptable. Animals are sovereign, and are not ours to use. They are here with us, not for us.

There are about 60 billion farmed animals who are killed every year. No reason beyond consideration for the animals is needed. Full stop. With that said, there are some ancillary reasons that are worth mentioning.

The Environment
Animal Agriculture is absolutely devastating the planet. Here are links to several articles written by the creator of this page that explain the environmental impact of animal agriculture.

Is Renewable Energy Enough To Stop Global Warming? What About Animal Agriculture?
www.cleantechnica.com/2018/12/09/is-renewable-energy-enough-to-stop-global-warming-what-about-animal-agriculture

Animal Agriculture & Water
www.cleantechnica.com/2018/12/09/animal-agriculture-water

Animal Agriculture & Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, PTSD, Biodiversity Loss, & World Hunger
www.cleantechnica.com/2018/12/16/animal-agriculture-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-pstd-biodiversity-loss-world-hunger

How To Opt Out Of Animal Agriculture & Live Plant Based
www.cleantechnica.com/2018/12/16/how-to-opt-out-of-animal-agriculture-live-plant-based

Human Health
In the recent couple of decades, the medical field has done studies that have built a consensus that the plant-based diet is best for humans, who are natural herbivores. Many peer-reviewed studies have shown this consistently.

To learn more, please refer to these sources of information:
Dr. Michael Greger's searchable NutritionFacts.org site.
www.NutritionFacts.org



Dr. Neal Barnard's Physician's Cmte. for Responsible Medicine.
www.PCRM.org

The first ten videos on this page is about health, and a section at the bottom about how humans are naturally herbivores is relevant at VeganVids.com. The very first video is excellent in giving an overview of the peer-reviewed science of why humans only need a plant-based diet. Perhaps the best video on this page is Earthlings, a documentary in the Ethics section.
www.VeganVids.com


The Changing Market



Growth of Plant-based Alternatives by Category*
Category US Dollars Growth
Milk $1.6B 9%
Meat S670M 24%
Other Dairy (combined) $697M 50%
Ice Cream $222M 38%
Yogurt $162M 55%
Cheese $124M 43%
Creamer $109M 131%
Butter $68M 23%
Dressings $12M 32%
Meals $210M 28%
Tofu/Tempeh $108M 11%
Egg/Mayo $42M 16%
GRAND TOTAL $3.3B $20%
■ 52 weeks US dollar sales ending June 2018
PBFA-commissioned data from Nielsen
www.plantbasedfoods.org/consumer-access/nielsen-data-release-2018

10 Signs the Food Industry Thinks the Future of Food is Plant-Based
"For the past few decades, meat consumption in the U.S. has seen a steady decline. According to recent studies, 30 percent of Americans are not only leaving meat off their plates, but also seeking out plant-based meat alternatives. We also know that this trend is largely driven by Millennials, who are more inclined than Baby Boomers to seek out food that is healthy, organic, and in line with their ethics. As a result, we are seeing a drop in meat and dairy consumption and an increase in demand for brands that have a positive social and environmental impact while still commanding the same amount of protein that can be gotten from animal-based sources."

Here are the 10 Signs of the Plant-based Foods Industry Will Take Over
1. Tyson Foods Invests in Plant-Based Meat
2. Major Beef Supplier Cargill Sells Its Last U.S. Feed Lots to Invest in Alternative Protein
3. Unilever Invests in Meatless Steak
4. Maple Leaf Foods Buys Lightlife Foods and Field Roast
5. Pinnacle Foods Goes Big With Plant-Based Protein
6. The World’s Largest Pea Processing Plant Will Be Built in Canada
7. Pea Protein is Taking Over Sports Nutrition
8. Companies Are Expanding Their Definition of ‘Protein’
9. Restaurants Are Embracing the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger
10. High Demand For Plant-Based High-Protein Recipes
www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/food-industry-thinks-the-future-of-food-is-plant-based


Plant-Based Foods Industry Info & Growth Data

Plant-Based Foods Organization
"- Engage in education, public relations, and media outreach to increase visibility for plant-based foods and boost consumer acceptance;
- Eliminate policies and practices that place plant-based meats, milks, eggs, and butters at an economic disadvantage, such as labeling restrictions;
- Change the debate on important public policy issues such as the dietary guidelines.
www.plantbasedfoods.org/why-plant-based

Supermarket News article on plant-based product sales, which increase an incredible 20 percent in one year
A new Nielsen study finds plant-based product sales are growing across all categories.
www.supermarketnews.com/consumer-trends/plant-based-product-sales-increase-incredible-20-percent


Food Tech Advancements

Beyond Meat Burger is So Good, It's Sold in Over 33,000 Supermarkets Globally Right Beside Beef (cow flesh)


No longer do vegans have to go to health food stores to buy specialty foods. Plant-based foods have gone mainstream, and they are being bought by everyone, not just vegans.

Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in Beyond Meat. Bill Gates had already invested in it. Who else has invested in it? Agri-biz giant Tyson Foods (with a 5% stake). They are backing a winner.
www.businessinsider.com/review-leonardo-dicaprio-beyond-meat-veggie-plant-burger-2017-10

Burger King Rolling Out Plant-Based Whopper to 5,900 US Stores
Food tech advancements have plant-based burgers looking the same, tasting the same, and even "bleeding" juice (made from beets). Burger King has just announced that their test in St. Louis, Missouri was successful and they will be rolling out the Impossible Whopper across the US. They didn't need to test it for long; the test was concluded in under a month. This move will further reduce demand for animal flesh sales.

One investor behind Impossible Foods is Bill Gates. He's backing a winner.

One-minute video showing plant-based burger and a 'meat lover' chef who states that it has less sodium, cholesterol, and less fat, and she would, "choose it over beef for myself, and I'm a big meat eater." By the way, all plant-based foods have no cholesterol, and all animal products include cholesterol.
www.cnn.com/2019/04/29/business/burger-king-impossible-rollout/index.html

US Meat Industry Lobbyist Fooled by Plant-based Meat
"Burger King’s new plant-based Whopper has an unlikely fan in the form of a senior US meat industry lobbyist, who has urged livestock farmers not to underestimate the rise of vegan alternatives."

He states: “If I didn’t know what I was eating, I would have no idea it was not beef."
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/burger-king-vegan-whopper-plant-based-burger-meat-a8861071.html


Transition Support Consultants

A2Px - Animal Agriculture to Plant Farming Opportunity
"A2Px is an agritech exchange that enables small to midsize dairy and animal farmers to transition from low return, animal-exploitive farming to more lucrative, sustainable and cruelty-free yellow pea based farming, the plant protein of the future.
A2Px also connects the bourgeoning plant-based food producers with a diverse and distributed food supply network enabling them to bypass international or monolithic supply companies.
Empower and Enrich American Farmers, Improve the Environment & Maximize Animal Welfare
-A2Px helps struggling American dairy farmers transition to more sustainable and lucrative farming alternatives
-A2Px actively improves the environment by reducing green house gas emissions and improving the quality of the earth and its soil through the nitrogen provided by pulse crop farming. We are not just sustainable. We actively make the environment healthier and more livable for everyone.
-A2Px supplies the food industry, enabling it to offer healthier foods to the American public.
-A2Px dramatically improves animal welfare. The dairy industry is hardly humane and transitioning animal “farmers” to plant protein farming that supplies the flesh-free “meat” and “dairy” industries of healthier, plant-based alternatives, removes animal cruelty from the equation.

"HOW [will A2Px Help the Transitioning Farmer]?

"A2Px offers assistance to dairy farmers (and other animal farmers) in transitioning from low income, government subsidized animal farming to pulse crop farming – the sustainable protein of the future, used to make non-dairy milks, cheeses, yogurts, and “meats.” A2Px further connects the transitioned farmers with distribution opportunities from food suppliers using pulse crop plant protein to increase the supply of truly healthy food for the American population.

"In addition, A2Px provides help and guidance, during the transition phase, in placing cows (or other animals) into humane sanctuaries where they can live out their lives happily.

"A2Px thus creates a quadruple win for farmers who now have a long-lasting, sustainable, more lucrative means of the income that is both eco-friendly and cruelty-free.

"A2Px provides a win for food producers by providing a consistent quality supply of the plant based protein needed to create healthier foods for an American public struggling with obesity, cancer and other diseases correlated with over consumption of animal products.

"Through this transition, not only are farmers and the general public benefited through increased economics (the farmers) and increased supply of healthier plant-based foods (the public), A2Px also synergistically improves the environment through lower green house gas emissions, improved soil quality, less water usage and dramatically improves animal welfare, saving potentially thousands of sentient beings from torture, degradation and death."
Website: www.facebook.com/A2Px1
Email: animal2producexchange [at] gmail.com

Farm Transformers
"Farm Transformers was founded in the spring of 2017 to build sustainable, plant-based business solutions for farmers transitioning out of animal farming. Farm Transformers is working with farmers to understand their needs from the inside out and is building a cohesive model to provide practical advice, a clear path to capital, and information about new farming methods for those who want to transition away from animal farming."

Article about Farm Transformers:
www.gfi.org/transitioning-from-animal-agriculture-to

Website for Farm Transformers
www.farmtransformers.com

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary Farmer Advocacy Program
"Rowdy Girl Sanctuary has become a beacon of hope in Texas for rancher families, and around the globe as a result of a transformational shift that founder Renee, a cattle rancher’s wife had on Tommy her husband (a multi-generational cattle rancher), after going vegan and being unwilling to participate in the business of animal agriculture. Their story went viral when Renee bought her husband’s cows, Tommy adopted a plant-based diet, and they started a nonprofit farm sanctuary that saved rather than slaughtered the animals they used raise as food."

CBS News Story on Renee, Rowdy Girl
www.cbsnews.com/news/cattle-ranchers-vegan-wife-turns-ranch-into-animal-sanctuary

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary website:
www.rowdygirlsanctuary.org/ranchers-advocacy-program


Former Animal Ag Farmer Stories

Cattle Rancher's wife goes vegan, opens animal sanctuary. Husband, now a former cattle rancher, stops eating animals. Wife sings to cows. Short video.
www.cbsnews.com/news/cattle-ranchers-vegan-wife-turns-ranch-into-animal-sanctuary

Several former farmers and slaughterhouse worker types who went vegan.
www.peta.org.au/news/from-farmer-to-vegan-stories-from-agricultural-workers-who-turned-vegan

Man Inherits Cattle Farm & Sends Animals to Sanctuary So He Can Grow Organic Vegetables. Jay Wilde, a UK farmer is now another former cattle farmer. He now grows veganic (no animal fertilizer) plants for human consumption. Short: 3 minutes.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kEchDPXvtA

16 Former Animal Farmers go vegan activist.
Learn about the experiences of former animal farmers. It's possible to make the change.
www.freefromharm.org/animal-products-and-ethics/former-meat-dairy-farmers-became-vegan-activists

Organization Helped an Asian Dog Farmer Transition to Farming Parsley and Freed 50 Pups in the Process.
Now, the former dog farmer is looking to expand his parsley farm.
www.onegreenplanet.org/news/dog-farmer-transition-farming-parsley-freed-pups-process

Our Journey From Cattle & Chicken Farmers to Vegan Mushroom Farmers
"Jennifer and Rodney Barrett raised cattle and chickens for 18 years, before a crisis of conscience motivated them to go vegan. They are now turning their farm into a mushroom farm.... Jennifer writes: "I started to see the chickens differently. I’d never really looked at them as individuals before, but my heart started to break when I would see their terror and suffering."
www.freefromharm.org/animal-farmer-turned-vegan/jennifer-barrett

New Zealand: Avocado orchards take over dairy farms
In New Zealand, four dairy farmers have sold their land to avocado growers. Might they have been able to have started growing avocados themselves instead of selling? Perhaps so. Some animal ag farmers may prefer to exit farming. That's another option available for animal ag farmers to consider where applicable.
"Far North dairy farmers Georgina Tui and Mate Covich are selling their land to avocado orchard developers.... Three other dairy farms...have been sold in the last two years for development into avocado orchards."
www.thebullvine.com/news/new-zealand-avocado-orchards-take-over-dairy-farms


Resources

Greenhouses
Depending upon where you are located, it's possible that one or more greenhouses may need to be used in the transition.

Greenhouses use approximately half the water as outdoor farming. This is an important advantage in many farming locales.


Here's an example of a greenhouse used above the Arctic Circle by an indigenous community.
www.inuvik.ca/en/Discovering-inuvik.asp

Greenhouses reduce bug issues, are high-producing per square area used, they eliminate conflicts with wildlife (as there are no farmed animals for them to kill or competition for foraging resources), and due to their efficiencies, they protect wildlife habitat.

Greenhouses can also be used for heat capture for nearby buildings. Here is a case study of a retired man from Nebraska, US, who builds greenhouses to grow food year round.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD_3_gsgsnk

Texas Observer article: Many Slaughterhouse Workers Experience PTSD.
From a credible source that is hardly a pro-vegan publication, they state: “It will come as no surprise that the consequences of such emotional dissonance include domestic violence, social withdrawal, drug and alcohol abuse, and severe anxiety.”
www.texasobserver.org/ptsd-in-the-slaughterhouse/

Human Rights Watch: Workers’ Rights in U.S. Meat…Plants
“Working in the meatpacking …processing industry is notoriously dangerous. Almost every worker interviewed by Human Rights Watch…began with the story of a serious injury…reflected in their scars, swellings, rashes, amputations, blindness, or other afflictions.”
www.hrw.org/report/2005/01/24/blood-sweat-and-fear/workers-rights-us-meat-and-poultry-plants

Job Shortages in Animal Agriculture
In the UK's Farmers' Weekly in late 2018, they reported that slaughterhouse staff shortages threatened Christmas sales with “…about 10,000 posts unfilled…”
www.fwi.co.uk/business/markets-and-trends/meat-prices/abattoir-staff-shortages-threaten-christmas-price-rises


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Page maintained by Daryl Elliott. To contact, look in left column under "Organizers."

Table of Contents

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AnimalAgConversions May 4, 2019 4:49 PM Daryl E.
LasVeganBiz May 11, 2019 7:02 AM Daryl E.
PublicVeganPolicy October 3, 2018 1:02 PM Daryl E.
VeganArticles2 July 18, 2018 12:50 PM Daryl E.
VeganArticles July 3, 2018 3:00 AM Daryl E.
VegasFacebookGroups July 9, 2018 2:22 PM Daryl E.
Nonviolent Activism April 30, 2019 8:48 PM Daryl E.
Vids2 September 5, 2018 4:36 PM Daryl E.
PrivateVeganChefs January 26, 2019 1:26 PM Daryl E.
Calendar February 18, 2018 2:43 PM Daryl E.
FarmersMarkets April 3, 2018 5:18 PM Daryl E.
HowToGoVegan January 7, 2019 7:52 PM Daryl E.

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