In the last blog I addressed self-healing and the possibly ways to improve your immune system and reverse a medical illness, even cancer, to the point where you could be disease-free and medication-free. Part of my eating style recommendations involved eating more fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds so they could activate the “right” 300-500 genes for healing. However, the blog also included some information on the health benefits of bone broth, which also activates those genes. But I want to pause on the discussion of eating meats (or even the bones of animals) to highlight a recent video by John Robbins, titled “Is It Wrong To Eat Animals?” I want to follow up on that question, slightly changing it to “Is It In Our Best Interests To Eat Animals?”, hopefully addressing some issues that go beyond that video (please watch it in the above link).
It is well known that our modern agricultural giants treat animals terribly, causing them to live a life of brutal misery. Picture the hen caged with no room to spare, not even able to flag it wings. Its beak has been sheared so it will not peck another hen. Visualize twenty hogs confined in a tight area, probably the size of a bedroom – and for life. Or imagine that Holstein cow, hooked up to a pumping machine, stimulated to produce milk until it becomes sick, barely able to stand. At that point, with open abrasions, crippled feet, and infected udders, the cow is pushed down the row of pens to be slaughtered and delivered to your fast food restaurant for our hamburger. No physical movement for the muscles. Just weight gain and fat. Yes, it makes for a nice profit for the agricultural giant. But do you really want to support that type of cruelty? Every time you order a fast food hamburger, is it really in our best interest?
The ramifications of our animal industry go well beyond the sad plight of any single animal and well beyond the issue of ethical behavior toward animals. Become more aware of how much of our natural resources are being wasted on the production of these animals. The great majority of our crops are not harvested for us; they are harvested for the feed of these animals. Of course, to produce those crops, there has been a 4,000% increase in the use of insecticides and pesticides with 77,0000 new chemicals and new designs of GMOs – with each new generation designed to increase the profit margin, not to make us healthier. The same perspective applies to our water supply. With global warning, water will become a commodity of greater and greater value. Yet, today, as with our crops, the majority of our water supply is directed to support our crops for the animals. We, somehow, have drawn the short straw. Is that in our best interest?
With global warming, do you think it is all industrial pollution from the big factories and the millions of cars. Global warming is directly impacted by our agricultural giants. They do not seem to gain much attention on this issue, but our agricultural giants greatly contribute to our rising global climate issues. The erosion of our soil by the overuse of insecticides and pesticides, the decline in the biodiversity of our crops, the misdirection of our water supply, and agriculture’s increased production of ozone: they all contribute to global warning. We just miss the environmental connection to the change in our farming. But rest assured our agricultural system is costing us a hidden, future fortune. With rising water, 66 billion – 106 billion in shorelines will disappear. Weather disasters will cost billions. Companies will not be able to function without access to the proper resources and reduced labor productivity. Our major capitalists – our greatest entrepeneurs – predict financial disaster for this country from the upcoming climate changes. As one of the starting points, we need to an agricultural system, which conserve resources, not wastes them. Isn’t that in our best interest?
There is a final point to emphasize. I am not pushing you to become vegetarian; I am asking you to reduce your amount of dairy and meat consumption. I am asking you to not reward the large agricultural giants for their horrible treatment of animals, their tremendous waste of our resources, their disregard for their impact of our climate, and their negative impact of our economic competitiveness and future standard of living. It is not a coincidence that the rise of our agricultural giants has come with a national decline in our health, a national decline in our life style, and our worsening outlook for the future. We need to realize that the solution lies, at least partially, in our eating the right foods. That’s true for our personal health (which I examined in the last blog). It is also true for the physical, emotional, and fiscal health of our country. We all need to become better educated on these connections between the meat on our table and the changes in our environment. Otherwise, we will fail to make the right changes in our life course and our country’s national future.
Ready to keep learning? Isn’t it in your best interest?