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Is No Meat the Best Option?

Our diet is certainly a hot topic of discussion. I would like to make it clear that I do care about our environment, and I agree that agricultural emissions are great contributors to our current climatesituation. With that being said, there is much more to be said, for our diet and/or culture is something that cannot be easily changed.

As someone who was a vegetarian then vegan for three years, I know what should be done. I tried for as long as I could to make a little change to my life and show others that it is doable and easy. I agreed and I still do agree that our consumption of so much meat leads to animal cruelty and repercussions to the environment. Our planet cannot withstand a greater increase in the amount of CO2 emissions, runoff, etc. We also cannot keep treating the animals the way that we do. The mass production method is inhumane, but the sad reality is we have to feed people, which we are not excelling at.

We cannot just simply eliminate the meat production industry from the food supply. Meat, poultry, and fish contribute greatly our needed source of protein. We would have to compensate for the loss of protein and calories with more grains, vegetables, fruit, nuts, etc. Those alternatives are also environmentally costly. They require land, water, and nutrients to grow. It may not be as easy nor as great as we hope, and honestly, those replacements are not the same, and they are sometimes the more expensive option. I personally feel fuller, less lethargic, and I even hold my weight better, now that I have reintroduced meat back into my diet. For me, being meatless is not the best option.

There are also tons of people who rely on agricultural practices for their living. They may be third, fourth, or even fifth generation farmers. They send their kids to college with the money that the earn. It is not as simple as it seems to completely let all of this go and abandon meat products. What we need to do is more aware of where we buy these types of products from. We should be supporting our local farmers that have ethical, responsible practices. It may be more expensive, but it is the way that benefits more people than not. People are not going to get on board with seemingly radicle changes. It does not have to be an all-or-nothing situation.

 

Let Nature Guide You

“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” -Jane Goodall

The natural world is such a beautiful, magical thing.  To think that we are not a part of it or that we did not come from these more “natural” beginnings is to deny that we are not organisms of Earth. We have created, the concrete jungles and other artificial landscapes, is not nature. We as a species are a product of natural phenomenons, but its manipulation and destruction is not natural.

We have completely removed ourselves from the checks and balance system that you would see in the heart of the Amazon, for example.  If a prey species saw an increase in their population size, then their predator species would also see an increase. No one species becomes too dominant in all habitats. There are still competition and resource limitation to adhere by, but to us Homo sapiens those limits do not exist, apparently.  Some of us do not even give nature or the consequences of our actions a second thought.

With that being said, there are those of us that do often think of nature and its processes. There are the scientists and naturalists working to understand how it all works and what defines it, and of course  there are  those who care because it is what keeps this planet healthy and what kept it function for millions of years before us. There are also some that do put too much thought and theory into what nature is and what is the reasoning for it existence aside from a scientific/biological reason.  For me, there is often an unnecessary search for a deeper meaning.  Some people get too caught up in trying to anthropogenize natural processes, as if was created around us. As we evolved, it evolved to meet our needs. We are trying to find the most complex way to describe some of the simpler phenomenons it seems.

We just need to take a step back to appreciate and observe what nature is and what it does for us and the planet. We do not need to over complicate what already exists, but we also need to acknowledge that is there and living.

Seems great, but is it for us?

On paper, this idea of degrowth seems great. We just have to convince the country and the rest of the world that is great as well and put into practice. Easy, no? Wrong. In today’s political and economic environment, I feel as though it would not be as effective as the paper suggests because not everyone would be on board. Its too drastic of a change. For example, our “American way” does not support equal income playing fields and would face serious uproar and opposition if even suggested.

Change is important and necessary, especially in the face of never-ending environmental issues, such as climate change. It is completely reasonable to advocate for something new, something different. We collectively as a country, and frankly as a whole planet, need to do something other than what we are doing. Is it a radical change that we need, or is it taking it one step at a

Image result for degrowthtime? I personally do not feel that a radical change will be effective nor ever initiated. For us as a country to have a system other than what we are have, especially one that does have benefits for all, we need to system and enact small, effective changes consistently. It is the only way to hopefully get the majority of the country involved.

There is Work to be Done

Life, at least as most of us know it be, is quite comfortable. Life is not necessarily easy, but we are able to be here at a great university without needing to trek six miles for somewhat-clean drinking water. Life is not the same for many other humans nor for the hundreds of species that face extinction with every passing day.

Life in the heart of the rainforest or in the deep, open ocean is a fight for survival. There will always be some organism that wants to consume another. As if that was not challenging enough, their homes are being destroyed left and right. From deforestation, pollution, icecaps melting, etc., their habitats are slowly, or not so slowly, becoming less and less inhabitable. How many species must face extinction or how many habitats must be eliminated for us all to really start caring?

Our contributions have really exaggerated the rapid climate changes we are seeing. Our farming, our metropolises, and everything else that has allowed us to make such incredible advances in life has also been our downfall. We created inventions requiring ungodly amounts of nonrenewable resources before we even knew their harm or origins. We sometimes act before we understand the consequences our actions possess.

We try to repair what has been done, or we can slow down the damage we have been causing if we try. If we all try. It is something that cannot be fixed in a single night, that is a given. It requires education and lots of it. I do not mean that everyone must be a PhD holding climate science to save ourselves from inevitable doom. People need to care and need to want to care to save the world and the life as we know it. It is getting people to become aware of the what is going on and for some, it is becoming aware that their way of life is not sustainable. If not, we will experience a harsher world. Those who think that, “it is not affecting me, so why should I care” could have a reason to care sooner than we think. So, when are we all really going to start caring?