Confusion Amongst the Proponents of a Clean Environment
Just Who IS on First?
It is unfortunate that the radical political left has co-opted the issue of Clean Air and Environment. These radical elements have destroyed the basic concept that any sane person supports: a Clean and Healthy Environment to live, raise a family and just live. They have used it to exercise CONTROL and promote radical beliefs and anti-American propaganda believing somehow that socialism in the answer to clean air.
These radical lefties believe that forcing ridiculous controls are more beneficial to their cause than simple rational approaches that would server them much better. Yes, Solar Power is great and I am not a fan of current nuclear technology (preferring a Thorium Reactor approach) but that is not my expertise. When solar power technologies achieve a reasonable ROI, they will naturally take their place in the pantheon of energy production technologies and supplant less efficient, more costly approaches. Forcing early adoption is not only fiscally irresponsible, it just really pisses people off.
Then there are the animal rights radicals on the Left. They have totally obfuscated the health benefits of a Plant Based Lifestyle with crazed ideas that animals are more important than humans and human life. They too often totally miss the point that what they are trying to achieve, better treatment for animals, could be better served by combining their efforts with Health & Wellness professionals who promote a Nutritional approach to treatment of diseases. There are a lot of Plant Based Conservatives out there!
Then we have the idiot government bureaucrats of the Planet thinking that forcing one country, the USA, into agreements to limit carbon emissions when other countries like China, North Korea and others pollute their cities with massive choking emissions are OK, is blatantly ridiculous, yet idiot politicians who have no clue and try to force adoption of such agreements.
ALL of these idiots, and yes, they are either idiots or just corrupt power hungry politicians, have no real clue or choose to actively ignore the Real Elephant in the Room; almost literally! The Single one, most significant, important, critical and major contributor to ALL of the aforementioned issues is simple: Humans Eat Animals.
It is a fact that none will argue and almost everyone ignores as the single major contributor to all of these issues, perceived and real. Here are some quick statistics (and yes, they are supportable):
Animal Agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions; more than the combined exhaust from ALL transportation.
Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of CO2 per year; that is 51% of ALL worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day and 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide.
Animal Agriculture consumes from 34 to 76 trillion gallons of water annually. Fracking only uses about 70 billion gallons annually.
Feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of all water used in the USA.
More than 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef and it takes 14 to 16 months of care and feeding before a cow can be slaughtered for meat.
This really should NOT be a political argument as we are talking about FACTS. The disgusting issue is that corrupt politicians take massive amounts of money from special interests in the meat, fish, dairy and egg industry, then subsidize the production of these things for human food; stuff that is killing people. Without the grain subsidies for animal feed and others the cost of these animal products would be literally through the roof and few could afford them.
This artificial suppression of a free market pricing of animal products has long been the reason animal products are so common and popular. Historically, only the very rich could afford to regularly consume meat, fish, dairy and eggs in the massive quantities we see considered ‘normal’ today. That is why all the Renaissance portraits of kings and queens are Fat and the historical records talk about gout and other lifestyle diseases that are caused by consumption of these ‘foods’.
Now these lifestyle diseases (cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes and others) are so common they are assumed to be somehow normal! It is NOT NORMAL to be fat, sick and nearly dead. YOU are designed to be healthy, vibrant, active and productive and have been provided with a miraculous immune system that natural combats disease but is suppressed by the over consumption of fat, salt and sugar found in all processed foods and animal products.
The Planet has developed an entire healthcare industry that profits from treating you to death for the very diseases promoted by the animal food industry. It is a macabre symbiosis that feeds upon itself making billion$ for those who own/manage them. Supported by corrupt politicians/governments and agencies that subsidize and promote this deadly diet, it is now considered somehow normal to expect to be struck by cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Most Americans (and I suspect people in other countries who subscribe to the Standard American Diet) over 45 are on some form of medication; most often for high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes and more. Then there are the medications taken to compensate for the deleterious side effects of the drugs already prescribed. And on and on and on. And the money train keeps chugging along adding the pharmaceutical industry to the corrupt train of deception and misinformation promulgated by the food industries, your government and the corrupt people who manage them.
So, what is the point and what is the answer? America is afflicted with PREVENTABLE Lifestyle Disease that are NOT normal. The healthcare industry is focused on treating these preventable and usually reversible lifestyle diseases all the while working hand in glove with the industries that are CAUSING most of the diseases. American medicine FAILS to examine the CAUSE but only treats the Symptoms and that is why so many Americans are Fat Sick and nearly Dead!
Stop being sick. YOU control your health destiny by what you put in your mouth. If you are sick, get well! It is as simple as changing your Lifestyle and it usually happens quickly! The only side effects are the ability to enjoy delicious plant based cuisine, gain more energy and longevity. You have little to lose and entire LIFE to gain!
Skip & Nancy Stein are Polymaths Health & Wellness Lifestyle Counselor and Corporate Productivity Consultant focusing on the power of Whole Food Nutrition and the delicious nature of a Plant-Centric Lifestyle.