Fact: The way humans are currently living on this planet is unsustainable.
Fact: the world's consumption of meat and dairy is one of the major contributors to our planet's environmental problems.
This morning - I read this article about how meat and dairy consumption HAS to drop if we have any hope of a sustainable future. Most people sort of know this already - some accept it and go vegan, others question it and try to find other reasons for the problem and the rest just simply do not know. Blissful, blissful ignorance drowned in double cream.
Those who question it are the ones who drive me insane.
People are DESPERATE to disprove this and find ways to skirt around it just so they can keep eating freaking cheeseburgers.
Is it really so hard to believe that it's UNSUSTAINABLE to factory farm billions of animals? BILLIONS of animals that shit, eat, fart, drink water and need to be transported across country?! Is it REALLY so hard to believe that is unsustainable practice? Not to mention powering the factory farms that tear them to pieces? That are strategically placed in far away places out of your sight - using so much power and energy? That it takes food and water to birth, grow and house a cow - just so that we can then eat that cow? Cow flesh that doesn't even do us any real good - just clogs our arteries and contributes to various diseases and ailments?
WHY ARE HUMANS SO STUPID AND SET IN THEIR WAYS?
I read through the comments on this article (I don't know why I do things that I know will make me mad) and most people, surprise surprise, are trying to DEBUNK the article with their own stupid, narrow-minded views that are BASED ON NOTHING. It's insulting and ludicrous. I feel this way about climate-change debates as well; when people fob-off studies conducted hard-working, dedicated scientists that are just DELIVERING FACTS. These scientists have given so much time to collect data and statistics to help us understand what is happening to our planet. These scientists aren't working for the Carrot Mafia. Or the Sustainability Illuminati. THEY ARE FUCKING SCIENTISTS! THEY ARE INTERESTED IN FACTS! The corruption to look out for and question - is when people are profiting and making money (or just when Rupert Murdock is involved). The overwhelming majority of scientists are proving that our planet is warming and this is a serious problem. What are they met with? IGNORANT MEAT-HEADS! People who say "I don't care about your science! My back yard is fucking freezing! It's the coldest year we've ever had. Stupid scientist."
What really gets my blood boiling is that people can read articles like this as some kind of personal attack, or threat. When I was faced with the reality of animal agriculture - my first thought wasn't "I'm NOT a bad person for eating meat! How dare this person tell me I'm a bad person for eating meat!" My first thoughts were "Oh my God - I had no idea. I can't keep doing this. Those poor animals... that's awful industries..."
But maybe I'm just a big old softie. Vegans are all weak, didn't you know?
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The main comments on the BBC article are along the lines of" "the problem is population control, not diet." No one is debating the fact that our population is completely out of control, of course it is. I have no plans to have children and more people my age should probably think about that.
But really - we are a bit powerless about that at the moment. Who knows how far away we are from being able to successfully exercise population control? We don't know when the zombie apocalypse will hit. We don't know when we will find a new planet. All we know is - we are here now and we are FUCKED. So - the truth is - you can take your sarky comment and shove it where the sun don't shine - because it's IRRELEVANT. Deal with the FACTS. The here and now. We are here and now we have to take action and one of the SIMPLEST, easiest, most logical things anyone could do is TO STOP EATING MEAT.
STOP! Stop you damn crack addict. Stop. How many times do you have to hear that red meat isn't good for you? How many times do you have to hear that your fish is loaded with mercury and all the fish are dying out? How many times do you have to hear that cheese is probably the worst thing anyone can eat (along with high-fructose corn syrup) before you think: oh... DING... light bulb.... I have POWER. I am in control. I can decide not to do these things and it's not remotely hard.
(I've had a coffee writing this, by the way... feeling a little edgy.)
Do you see what I'm saying though? Your comment is irrelevant. And - just to further shoot you down - if our wold was on a plant-based diet -the population wouldn't be so much of a problem. In fact - there have been numerous studies and articles that say our planet can actually support a population of this size if we lived in a more sustainable way. Number ONE being: DIET. Plant based diet - we feed the world.
Greed is the problem... not numbers. There is enough for everyone we just need to learn how to FUCKING SHARE. You learned when you were a child, didn't you? Didn't you hear that thing about sharing? Helping out the needy? Not having absolutely everything you want all the time because life doesn't work that way? You can't buy the new barbie doll because Mum has to pay for that and you can't always get what you want?
Well - we are entering a time where cheeseburgers may just become a luxury. Oh the irony. And meat SHOULD be a fucking luxury... not on your damn sandwich three times a day! Obviously it's my opinion meat should be flat-out banned and we should leave animals the hell alone and maybe our planet's ecosystems and natural habitats can have a chance of restoring themselves, but I know most people won't be forced into vegetarianism. But can you AT LEAST be forced to cut the hell down? See meat as a luxury as it should be! Not yours to just have whenever you feel like it. We used to hunt animals - you used to have to skin them and look at the raw flesh and take out the eye balls and the livers. Now - you just walk into a supermarket and have your fill. It's sickening. And we wonder why there's a problem? There's too much meat. Too much. Do some googling, look at the evidence and PLEASE... I'm begging you... cut down. Maybe on your path to cutting down you will also find some compassion for these animals and agree they should not be factory farmed like they are being.....
The best way? Humans - eat plants. Farm sustainably. Use land to grow crops that don't go into cows mouths - but into humans mouths. Cut out the middle man.
Is your brain melting with the logic?
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