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Monday, January 22, 2007

Vegetarian yet?

The question of meat-eating seems to be getting lots of attention lately. Note a long post with lots of links on Boing Boing, from Xeni Jardin, prompted by an expose in Rolling Stone on Smithfield's hog farming operations: Boss Hog. Some of the scary statistics:
Hogs produce three times more excrement than human beings do. The 500,000 pigs at a single Smithfield subsidiary in Utah generate more fecal matter each year than the 1.5 million inhabitants of Manhattan. The best estimates put Smithfield's total waste discharge at 26 million tons a year. That would fill four Yankee Stadiums.
...A lot of pig shit is one thing; a lot of highly toxic pig shit is another. The excrement of Smithfield hogs is hardly even pig shit: On a continuum of pollutants, it is probably closer to radioactive waste than to organic manure.

Worry about North Carolina's hog farms is not new news, since the Raleigh News & Observer did an Pulitzer-winning expose on the hog waste lagoons several years ago, and regulations were tightened. But a simple Google search still finds a lot of concern about environmental impacts.

Others, like this Metafilter post. and Vegetarian is the new Prius at Huffington Post, are linking to this worldwide report, Livestock's Long Shadow, a downloadable PDF from the UN's Livestock Environment and Development Virtual Centre. Conclusion:
Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency. Major reductions in impact could be achieved at reasonable cost.

When I was young, everyone was reading Frances Moore Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet. Many of us tried to live with less meat and more soy or other proteins in our diets. It seemed to be a reasonable way to help save the environment, among other benefits.

I eat more meat now, although I don't consider it a major part of my diet, and I'm perfectly happy without it. When I do buy meat I try to find a local or natural producer, and am usually sorry when I buy meat from the supermarket. I may never buy Smithfield products again.....

It seems Lappe's lessons still have a lot of relevance today. Her Small Planet Institute seems to be continuing the education, and Lappe's latest books cover a wider range of ideas as well.

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  • The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

    The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

    Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

    Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
    Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
    Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.


    Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

    If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

    Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


    When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

    There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

    People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

    Emotion ends.

    Man becomes machine.



    A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



    FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

    SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

    A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

    A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


    To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

    PlanetSave

    EarthNewsWire

    sushil_yadav

    By Blogger sushil yadav, at 3:56 AM  

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