Let me add, however, a number of our own objections and clarifications. 3/n
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Sending us pics of manure lagoons or referencing another aspect of industrial ag as some kind of killshot refutation of our arguments marks either bad faith or a confession that the piece wasn't read. The tactic appears pursued by tenured faculty and anonymous edgelords alike.4/n
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In reality, we have long fought industrial ag, including factory farms and lab meat. Both of us regularly work with smallholders, pastoralists, and Indigenous groups fighting off agribusiness attacks. We don't argue that these groups should be cleared out in rewilding's name. 5/n
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The guy who wrote "Big Farms Make Big Flu" and "The Origins of Industrial Agricultural Pathogens", and is mapping out Cargill holdings vs. activist deaths--another example thrown at us as if MST and Bolsonarist ranchers are the same--might have some sense of Big Ag's dangers. 6/n
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Indeed, the parties we critiqued cited our team's work on COVID and industrial agriculture as the basis for their own calls for Half-Earth rewilding, socializing agribusiness, and global compulsory veganism. The latter is not a mischaracterization. It's their ad copy. 7/n
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In other words, these parties followed our lead as to the nature of global agriculture's role in producing new diseases, including COVID. And we welcome such follow-up. We just happen now to write an article explaining where we disagreed with that work. 8/n
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So there is our article (open to the kind of debate some interlocutors have pursued). And then there is the article other critics preferred we had written as an easier target. Either basic reading comprehension appears in short supply or hot takes aren't summaries enough. 9/n
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I'm not sure where people are getting this notion we attacked veganism as an ethical proposition. It wasn't the topic of our article. If that might remain a bone of contention, we try to sidestep it in the service of building alliances with vegans against industrial ag. 10/n
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We instead repeatedly signposted that we were addressing a particular ecomodernist position that champions lab meat and land grabbing in veganism's name. Vegans understand that distinction. 11/n
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Same on rewilding. We support rewilding, but ask *whose* rewilding? Is it the Half-Earth brand that wipes away smallholders and the Indigenous, the last opposition to agribusiness land grabs? 12/n
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Is it the now debunked land sparing model that our imperial ecomodernists converged on along the lines of the techno-capitalist Breakthrough Institute? Where in these pictures are the millions of Indigenous agropastoralists? 13/n

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One objection snarked that they weren't aware that wildlife formed empires and colonial hierarchies. But capital is *forming* wilderness into such in the name of "saving Earth" as we described in "Clear-Cutting Disease Control". There's a whole field around political ecology.14/n
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Finally, there's this weird undercurrent in some of the critiques of our piece that one also finds in some pwogwessive institutions: only a tenured or endowed left has the right to throw hands in a journal article or here online. 15/n
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As the world falls apart, everyone else is expected to adhere to an escalating politeness, including towards programs that if enacted will end whole societies in the global South. 16/16
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