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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

WaPo writer: hunt deer, save the planet

(That's not the writer.)

Washington Post writer Tamar Haspel turned in a column, "The climate impact of the Thanksgiving meal might surprise you," an essay sure to attract conservatives who tire of leftist attacks on American holidays.

I read it and wasn't impressed as she dutifully warned us that we were killing the planet by staying alive.

But then I came to this: "Poultry, in general, has about one-seventh the impact of beef (on a per-calorie basis). A turkey’s footprint is going to be somewhat higher than a chicken’s because it’s slower-growing, which means a turkey needs more feed and more time to get to table weight, but it’s still a good choice. (I am duty-bound to mention that venison is an even better one; that’s what goes on my Thanksgiving table in years when I’ve gotten a deer. Besides, it harks back to what’s believed to be the original Thanksgiving of 1621, when venison was one of the few foods we know was served.)"

Hooray for poultry. The turducken is saved.

But what she said in parenthesis made my day: venison is best for the planet. And she hunts.

Rare is the journalist who hunts, even in West Virginia. I sure don't because I grew up in Cleveland in a house full of women and no father. Moving here makes me better appreciate deer hunters because I live in the state with the highest percentage of car-deer collisions in the country.

But Haspel is an exception to the rule, and good for her.

Then there was this tidbit.

She wrote, "Some people put them in stuffing (or dressing, depending where you’re from), but at our house, they’re the appetizers. And farmed bivalves (oysters, and clams and mussels) have the lightest climate impact of any fish in the sea.

"Unlike almost any other wild protein source, oysters, clams and mussels actually leave the environment better than they find it. Because they’re filter feeders, they dine on the stuff that causes algae blooms and fish kills. And all this would be true even if I weren’t an oyster farmer. Honest."

Good for her.

Back on September 23, 2021, she wrote, "Venison is the most eco-friendly food on the planet — if you hunt the deer yourself."

Her column said, "It’s unequivocally the single most ecologically friendly food you can eat. A food that actually makes the environment better rather than worse.

"Seriously. Literally.

"The food is venison.

"The catch, of course, is that you have to kill a deer. But stay with me here.

"Lots of us are unwilling to kill a deer; I was, for a very long time. And not because I’m categorically opposed to killing animals for food. Like the vast majority of people, I’m a meat-eater, but I’m nevertheless reluctant to take the life of an animal. A cute, furry animal.

"But that cute, furry animal is wreaking havoc in vast swaths of the United States. Let me count the ways."

And she did count the ways. Boy howdy. 

1. They’re destroying the habitat of other plants and animals.

2. They’re harming humans. (Car-deer collisions kill 200 people each year on average.)

3. They produce greenhouse gases.

There are too many deer and venison is healthy and tasty (or so I am told).

She ended her column, "Once the animal isn’t overpopulated, the calculus is different. But I don’t think that’s likely to happen just because I wrote about it. So think about getting your hunting license. Our world could be the better for it." 

What a change in the climate of the WaPo newsroom.

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If you have read "Thank the Lord for the Pilgrims," I thank you.

50 comments:

  1. Curious if the writer has received or will receive any blow-back for this mostly non-woke article.

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    1. Oh,...it'll happen. Just hasn't been out there long enough.

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    2. The collective gasp of dismay and disapproval from Georgetown, Bethesda, Potomac, and Rockville probably tripped seismometers.

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    5. Every wokester dressed in black bloc antifa will be in the woods now with their AR15, 8 fully topped off 20 round mags, ballistic vests, rainbow flags, here we go

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    6. The more hungry one is, the better the venison tastes.

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  2. Ground venison is excellent in chili.

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    1. I've never had venison. I've had moose, though, and it's very lean and tasty.

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    2. Our local deer (mule and white tail ) dine on Barberry which gives the meat a pungent flavor .
      Prefer Elk. Which is similar to Moose.

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    3. Thank YOU, Don, and happy Thanksgiving. Great columns today.

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    4. Anon - the flavor is so impacted by what they eat. For your sake, I that they eat what makes them taste bad.

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  3. In Wisconsin, many of the farmers call deer "rats with antlers".

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    1. Same here in West Virginia. Farmers can get crop damage permits to shoot them out of season.

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    2. As in PA. When growing Corn, we spray cattle blood on the 6-10 outside rows. Keeps the deer away.

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  5. My state is so overrun with black bear, the Democrat governor is actually considering a bear hunt after decades without one.

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  6. Deary, you produce greenhouse gasses too. You inhale air with 400 ppm of CO2 and exhale it with 40,000 ppm. Please don’t kill yourself because of your danger to the planet.

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    1. I recently pondered whether Co2 levels are truly rising....or whether it is the appearance of rising because another gas/gases are decreasing.
      The solar wind blows air out of the earth atmosphere right?

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    2. We are all stupider for having read that comment.

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    3. The climate change fraud and blaming of CO2 is just one more added to the population bomb that justifies them killing 25-50% of the world population. And the Vax jab is the method

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  7. So, if you eat bivalves you could be responsible for algae blooms and fish kills. There's a downside to everything. Just live your life.

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    1. Not all algae blooms are bad. In a healthy, well oxygenated lake, algae blooms are good. They are the start of the food chain that eventually allows largemouth bass, crappie and other predator fish to prosper.

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  8. Next she should tell everybody about feral pigs

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    1. She included that in the second column I linked. She knows her shit

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    2. Thanks for the tip. I'll go hit that link right now

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    3. She does know her shit. The second article was good too. Wild hogs are mighty tasty.

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  9. Tamar Haspel. A real-life nephew of his Uncle Sam, undoubtedly.

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  10. There are many factors that figure in to how venison tastes. From What the deer eats (depending on where in the country) to age to doe or buck to how clean the kill was.

    Gamey meat is not too good. Nice tasty venison is excellent. We do roasts, stews, filets, burgers, sausage, chili and jerky.

    I am shocked she encouraged the readers to get a license. That means they would also need a bow, crossbow or gasp, a ggggggggun.

    I’ve had to use a bow since if I ever owned any guns, they all would have been lost in a series of tragic boating accidents.

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  11. Another bonus from shellfish- those shells are calcium carbonate. Chemically, calcium is the second most common link for carbon. Any whiners can be told off, pointing out that decarbonization of the atmosphere is much tastier on the half shell.
    Pass the lemon and hot sauce please.
    And lemons and peppers also get it done, as well. ๐Ÿค™

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  12. Wonder how Elk rate? Yum...

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    1. They taste highly regulated (at least in my state.)

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  13. Me or my daughter have hit 3 deer on the eastern shore of MD or DE in past 12 years. Severely damaging a Volvo XC-90, Lexus SUV and a Chevy Silverado. Each accident cost over $8k to fix. Kill those buggers!

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    1. Many state laws allow drivers to collect their road kill without penalty. Did you eat what ran into you? You should have.

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    2. Often car-struck venison isn't very useful 'cause the meat is pulverised and bone bits have been blasted through the meat. A good solid head-struck road kill would probably be OK...

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  14. I have read about 'hi ya pilgrims' [as John Wayne would put it] starved because they believed wild game / venison was King's property and so they did not hunt for it.

    is this true?

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  15. This seems to be the week for encountering frightening faces. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Tamar Wizzenedface:

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  17. Just stop already... the whole carbon footprint climate change horse dung is about control and separating you from your money... thats it!!!

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  18. If nature, or mankind, causes a longterm power outage, those wapo dandys will be fighting over venison scraps! ;-

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  19. One has to truly wonder at the complete ignorance of liberals. Or maybe not.
    They're so mentally unbalanced that they're actually trying to tie animals into their fake religion of global warming. Pathetic.
    Maybe if their bullschiff climate change is so bad that by offing themselves they'd probably cool the change by 10 degrees. Elon should do a poll asking about it.

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  20. During the Great Depression deer were hunted almost to the point of extinction. So, go hunting early and often to fill that freezer, because once everyone is hungry enough, the hills will be swarmed with hunters. In or out of season - they won't care. They'll want to feed their families, or sell their kills to others. Think trucks next to the roads selling deer meat.

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  21. Don't forget about CWD - Chronic Wasting Disease - prevalent in many areas. A bacteriological / neurological disorder where deer are stumbling around like drunks and are ill-nourished. Supposedly not communicable to humans. Supposedly. If you find a deer in this condition you're obligated to shoot it, report it, and collect the head for proper (government) disposal. One wonders if the deer population is being purposely contaminated to reduce their numbers AND dissuade hunting. Another method of controlling the food supply chain. God knows how insideous TPTB are.

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  22. The solution for deer and Leftist overpopulation…..wolves.

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  23. All she does is lie.

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  24. Some of what she says is valid. If she field dresses her own deer, I have more respect for her action, but if she is like me, I take my carcass to a butcher that takes the hide in trade and charges a little bit to do the full butchery. I also ALWAYS have beef tallow added to my ground meat. There are also quite a few cuts of venison that I don't like much, so I render most of the meat into ground mince for chili or burgers mixed with beef fat. Much of the venison can be artfully prepared to a high quality/ value dinner, but if 70-80 pounds of meat is just for one person, getting to all of it can be tedious and sooner or later some freezer fatigue hits the meat. So - that is another factor to consider - how much energy is spent to freeze the meat over nine months or so? A good hunter wants to eat what he kills and have respect for the animal by doing so, but there is a point where the aspiration doesn't make sense. I can go on and on about this but - we also have to consider what the deer are eating year round. When I check the stomach contents of a kill, I usually see a lot of feed corn. Deer come down and mingle in with the river cows where I am at usually an hour before dusk. They also go into cut fields of short stock and pick for corn nibs or the same for sorgham. The reason for the high deer population is because of hybrid corn supporting them and allowing them frequent multiple-gestation. So corn and dairy farming is a consequence to the deer population size, but it is not a negative one if they are harvested. The only real problem with cattle farming is proximity to rivers. If the effluvium and the fertilizer runoff is deterred from reaching the rivers, cattle and dairy is a great boon to society. Methane is not a problem at all. Converting farming from cow feed to soy is possibly the stupidest thing we could ever do. Soy is a shallow root that promotes wind erosion. I'm getting a little broad in my thoughts but to close I would have to say that all we have to do is stop real pollution, stop erosion and let the cows fart all day. Lastly, one species of termite on this earth has a total weight in mass of 9 times all human beings - that translates to nine times the C02 produced by just one species of one insect.

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