7.17.2020

I So Badly Wish Americans Would Strive for a Better World

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America is in a bad spot right now. While the rest of humanity (except Sweden) is following the science and medical advice to get through the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic as smoothly as possible, Americans are just spazzing the !@#$ out about it and acting like complete morons.

How is America ever supposed to save itself if its people don't strive for a better world?

Think about it. The choices for the next President of the United States are essentially Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It should be no contest. But notwithstanding Trump's plummeting popularity numbers, it's still likely to be a very close election. This is because there are a lot of dumb people who will mindlessly support Trump and a lot of Biden supporters who, for whatever reason, won't vote. That's ridiculous!

Don't get me wrong. America deserves what it gets. If people are not going to demand better from their leaders, then !@#$ 'em. Mediocrity (or worse) is what they'll get.

What we need is visionary (vs reactionary) leadership. It's one thing to react to problems by putting out short term fires. It's another thing, and a completely BETTER thing, to establish a vision for the United States and then set about achieving it, collectively as a team. But as long as America is divided into two tribal teams, Democrats vs Republicans, instead of cooperating as Americans, the American Democratic Experiment is over. And we are quite literally about to descend into a fascist dictatorship under Trump.

I'd love to be wrong. So...prove me wrong, America.

Bye now.

5.06.2020

Meat Scarcity is Nigh

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One would like to think the looming meat shortage in America would motivate Donald Trump (who loves KFC) to do something about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on meat production. But...nope.

So, if you're not much of a plant eater now, you might want to think about transitioning. It turns out that eating less meat is actually very good for the Earth (SOURCE), as well as for your health.

We vegans didn't cause this meat shortage (nor the Cononavirus that led to it), but we are here to support you if you want to change your eating habits to be more sustainable and healthy.

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4.27.2020

Now Might Be a Good Time to Embrace a Plant-Based Vegan Diet

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If there were ever a good time to fully embrace switching to a plant-based vegan diet, now might be that time.

You see, meat-based food is going to be in very short supply soon, according to SOURCE 1 and SOURCE 2, due to this Coronavirus Pandemic shutting down meat processing factories (i.e., slaughterhouses).

Now, as a whole food, plant-based vegan, I fully admit that a part of me wants to play the I told you so card. But I'm not going to play it, because the unsustainability of the industrial meat farming industry has been well documented by smarter people than me for years. It's just that most people were either not paying attention, or they thought it was "fake news," or they had cognitive dissonance about it. This looming meat shortage certainly has an aire of karma about it though, at least from the standpoint of the millions of farm animals killed and butchered every year. I'm an atheist, but if there were a Higher Power, and if (S)He wanted to send a clear and unambiguous message that eating animals is not sustainable, this would be the kind of message you'd expect Him/Her to send.

Anyway, I figure there are two primary options for people who are currently eating an omnivorous diet with meat, eggs, and dairy - one long term and one short term.

The short term option goes something like...hoard a bunch of meat now and store it in a freezer until these hard times are behind us. I don't have much to say about that option other than, "Good luck with that."

The long term (and sustainable) option is to transition from an omnivorous diet to a vegan, plant-based diet, or at least an ovo-lacto-vegetarian diet (it's not clear if or how eggs and dairy products will be significantly impacted by COVID-19). Humans are perfectly capable of thriving on a 100% whole food, plant-based diet, with protein coming primarily from legumes (like soy and lentils), nuts, and seeds. In fact, the world's healthiest and longest lived people generally consume less than 5% of their calories as animal-based foods (SOURCE). So, as diets go, there is nothing wrong with a plant-based diet from a health and wellness standpoint.

It's important to note that growing plant-based foods is far more sustainable than growing animal-based foods (SOURCE 1, SOURCE 2, SOURCE 3). A lot of agricultural land is given over to growing livestock and the crops needed to feed them. If that land were freed up to grow plant-based foods, the environmental impacts would be greatly reduced (SOURCE). It's even better if you can source your food organically. Interestingly, buying your food locally only has a small positive impact on sustainability (SOURCE).

Now, I want to try to keep my opinion out of it as much as possible, but we know that infectious diseases like COVID-19, SARS, MERS, e. coli, and swine/bird flu, illnesses with the potential to cause pandemics, come from the agricultural meat production industry exclusively. When people get sick from eating plant foods, epidemiologists invariably discover that these foods have been contaminated with some sort of animal waste. So, it seems to me that not only are a lot of our current problems solved by transitioning to a more plant-based diet, collectively, but it's generally just better for our health and the planet.