The Weekly GOOD, vol. 39

Musings from a plane
 August 13, 2018

Flying today. Spending time in airports made me think of this piece from EO37. Airports are (almost literally) the worst. Anyway, in this edition of the ol’ EO:

  1. Chicken Diapers
  2. ‘Hothouse Earth’
  3. Vegans Rule / Vegan Rules
  4. Taking Millions out of Monsanto

GOOD ADVICE

Read: S-s-s-s-stop it. Right now. When was the last time you changed a diaper? A chicken diaper? Yeah, me either. Leave all the pasture-raised vs. CAFO mumbo jumbo out of this, it’s just a little weird. Right? Of course, I also find it more-than-a-little-bit-weird that I take my dogs outside, on a leash, and follow them around our concrete urban neighborhood with a plastic (biodegradable though!) bag to pick up their crap. (thanks for pointing this out Mr. Durant — I can’t un-read that bit about domestication). So much of what we do today is for Instagram, it’s getting a little ridiculous. Says the guy who just snapped a pic of the sunrise off the wing of my plane — like anyone needs to another version of that. Well, I guess it just goes to show you can make money doing about anything. But, $18 apiece? And people say food is expensive…

> The booming business of chicken diapers


ON SUSTAINABILITY

Read: News flash — it’s getting hotter. And, depending on who you ask, has been getting warmer for years. Millions of years. And we’re dangerously close to, if not beyond, the tipping point. As in, it’s most likely not possible to reverse human impact. Ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising… and California is burning. Scientists around the world are weighing in. This ain’t no end-of-times movie. Parts of Earth are likely to become inhabitable. And soon. A 2º C increase in temperature could provide up to 60m (197 ft) of increased sea rise. Says Prof. Johan Rockström, “We are the ones in control right now, but once we go past 2 degrees, we see that the Earth system tips over from being a friend to a foe. We totally hand over our fate to an Earth system that starts rolling out of equilibrium.” Gulp. Maybe MJK was right. #ArizonaBay

> Earth is at risk of becoming ‘hothouse’ if tipping point reached


EATING WELL

Read: Ugh. When will the BS about not eating meat stop? Google “veganism trending”. Nevermind, I did it for you. Anyway, co-working chain WeWork has issued (from on high) an edict: Thou shall not eat meat. Especially if thouest would be keen to receive travel/expense reimbursement. Not only have they taken any meat out of corporate events and self-serve snack menus, they won’t cover your meal when traveling if eat meat. “By starting that bigger conversation about meat, the company expects that it will have a larger impact on eating habits–both with employees and its thousands of members–than just the changes that directly impact its own footprint.” Interesting. Sounds like they’re actually trying to end the conversation to me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The German government is pulling shit like this, too. Too far, folks. too far. #FoodDictatorship

> Inside WeWork’s decision to go meat-free


DOING GOOD

Read: Well, this is potentially huge. Like, Trump HYYYUGE. A former school groundskeeper in San Francisco was awarded $289 million after jurors ruled that Roundup gave him terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Dewayne Johnson’s is just one of hundreds of suits against Monsanto (CNN reports 800 suits just last year). This could be a landmark case, and surely many more Davids will come forward to take on Goliath. No surprise: Monsanto will appeal.

> Jurors award $289 million to a man they say got cancer from Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller


AND… ONE LAST THING BEFORE WE GO…
 > Forget about that bright blue dot in a big red state. How ‘bout fun with maps?
City vs country is NOT our political fault line. It’s more about sectionalism via colonization, y’all.

Photo by Matt Howard on Unsplash


Originally published at The Ethical Omnivore.