The Human Cost of Animal Suffering

One of the reasons I wanted to create this blog was to discuss how our diet and the industries we support through our consumption ends up harming ourselves in ways we might not always see. The health, environmental, and social effects of our consumption of meat & dairy can be found all over the internet  but the transparent ways we end up hurting ourselves aren’t so obvious.

Which is why I was so pleased to see this article by Mark Bittman. First because Mark wrote one of the first veggie cookbooks I ever owned ‘How to Cook Everything Vegetarian’ and I still remember the intro to that book where Mark said he wasn’t a vegetarian when he started writing the book but he was a lot closer to it after finishing it. So, I’m happy that Mark has continued learning, examining his diet, and advocating for animals.

Secondly, I’m happy to see someone talk about The Human Cost of Animal Suffering. Definitely worth a read!

The Meat Industry is the New Tobacco Industry

`I just started watching ‘Forks Over Knives’ last night (I know- I’m a little behind the ball) and I was thinking ‘the meat industry is just like the tobacco industry!’. I started formulating a blog post in my head and then realized that someone else had already wrote about it. Check out the piece in the Huffington Post here!

Stay tuned for my upcoming review on Knives Over Forks!

Economic Growth

Redefining a Healthy Economy

Our view of a healthy economy is one that continues to grow with increased revenues, GDP, and steady inflation. The economy is guaranteed to be a main concern of voters during an election any year and in almost any country. A growing economy is a stable economy and benefits society with jobs and opportunity.

However in recent years people have begun to question this theory. David Suzuki has repeatedly pointed out that an infinite economy with finite resources is simply impossible and will result in disastrous results.

Adbusters has published multiple articles questioning today’s leading economists and current text books that won’t even acknowledge this contradiction.

What happens when our economy simply can’t grow any more? When there are too many people and we can’t consume more than we did last year?

At what point will we acknowledge that things are out of hand? Does a healthy economy have to be a growing one?

I feel that this drive and reliance on continued growth is perfectly exemplified by the meat industry.  North Americans currently consume far more than what is recommended by Nutritionists and we’re sacrificing our air, water, and land for it.

Monbiot blog: Rainforest Clearcut for Oil Palm Plantation in  Sabah, Malaysia

Even with Alan Greenspan weakly admitting that his theories for economic success based on continued and unregulated market growth were wrong, most of us are unwilling to risk messing with the formula. The stakes are high when it comes to our economy, our livelihoods and way of life have depended on it.

Unfortunately its looking like we don’t have a choice. I would rather look for solutions and changes to transition into now then being blindsided by an economic and environmental collapse which we’re not prepared for.

(Above cartoon was taken from this article)