Love the Dinner, Hate the Sin
This blog post will hopefully shed light (in a different direction than most people are used to) on plant based diets and why certain people choose to commit to that peculiar life style. In no means will I expect any audience member to agree with my statements but I will do my best to present relative research and professional perspectives.
Looking at it like an engineer
As engineers we go to university to learn how to conceptualization the world around us in a mathematical manner essentially to use that knowledge to aid in the construct of society around us. One aspect of society that we as engineers build and design is our vastly growing agriculture sector. From what we all can tell, our agricultural norm in the US has changed dramatically over the past 200 years (as have many things) in the form that %90 of households lived on farms in the 18th century, growing and producing their own food supply, to the 21st century where only %2 of our population holds the responsibility of taking care of our food production. Based on the Bureau of Labor and Statistics only 2000 out of 123,000 engineers currently working in the US concentrate in agricultural design, manufacturing, maintenance research and development. To put this in other terms, out of the 323.1 million US citizens, every agricultural engineer is statistically responsible for approximately 160,000 diets in one way or another, from making sure industrial farming equipment is maintained correctly, coming up with new efficient farming techniques, to solving excess agricultural waste crisis.
One example of our current excess waste crisis is the over production of methane and green house gasses caused by animal waste. Specifically bovine and domesticated fowl (cow and chicken shit). I know that a lot of you out there will automatically throw up your red flag and tell me that there is no way that this is actually a serious problem but hear me out.
Standing by themselves, livestock produces %18 of green house gasses.
Automotive carbon dioxide emissions account for %13 percent.
%18…………..%13…………….18>13 (duh, thanks calc 3)
Some of you might already know this already and really don’t care. To that I say good for you, you have no soul. To those of you who have actually kept reading this far, kind of care about the environment but think that my angel on this issue is too extreme might have counter arguments similar to,
“Oh but hey, aren’t we producing a lot more alternative energy sources like wind and solar power that will help counter those negative effects?”
“Yo, I drive a Prius bitch. *drop mic*”
Yes! I hear you and that’s awesome!……BUT what about our cow fart problem? It may sound like I am joking but remember earlier when I mentioned that we only have about 2000 agricultural engineers working in the United States? What if I brought to light that almost half of them work on livestock maintenance, housing and feeding systems? It would be like me saying that out of the 200,000 thousand employees working for General Motors, 100,000 employees concentrate on creating less and less efficient cars to produce more and more emissions so that they can pump the emissions back into the factories to build more cars (if car emissions worked that way).
It sounds like complete nonsense but in reality this is exactly what is happening with farms in the United States. Livestock are not only used to produce food but also manure for fertilizers. And a crap load of it. Pun intended.
“Whats wrong with fertilizer you narcissistic green headed nitwit?” -you
“Nothing bu-” -narcissistic green headed nitwit (NGHN)
“Okay well obviously we use all of the manure produced by cows and obviously it helps our vegetables grow. Manure isn’t bad, end of argument” -you, and every single meat industry backed politician and health agency.
*face palm* -NGHN
So whats the problem? Our problem lies in between the lines. Our problem is that that even though manure isn’t bad, too much of it is and the only way to slow down manure production is to slow down cow production. How do you slow down cow production? Introduce meat alternatives into the American diet through research, innovations and developments of plant based protein bases such as tofu and tempeh.
In order to speed up our transition to a reduced meat consumption rate in the US we need to come to the realization that engineers are the forefront of innovations and change. Unless there are more agricultural engineers dedicating their lives to developing cheaper meat alternative production methods then we will never be able to compete with the corrupt meat industry.
This little blog post is only a flash of truth in a huge void of darkness that the American public is wallowing in. Get educated about our meat industry and become proactive in making a difference. It is as easy as eating less meat :)
For more information on how a meat diet includes more carcinogens than cigarettes, how the cure for certain cancers have already been found, and how the food pyramid, food plates, and what ever other cow crap they will shove down our children’s throats have been an artificial construct of health sponsored by the meat industry check out Forks over Knives, Cowspiracy, and What the Health on Netflix.
Be ready to be surprised.
p.s. go vegan! (sorry couldn’t resist)
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