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Drastic Changes to Food Production and Consumption Are Needed to Save Planet From Catastrophic Warming, IPCC Reveals

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/03/drastic-changes-food-production-and-consumption-are-needed-save-planet-catastrophic


Can cows save the planet?

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“Nearly a quarter of the world’s land is now taken up by humans and their endeavors supporting the growing population and developing and maintaining food systems.”

That’s strange. I always thought that a steady state or shrinking population eats more food than a growing one, and a growing one eats less food than the others.

Learn something new every day!

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Hello Julia Conley and Everyone, While changing over to a vegan style diet we have major problems that are not being addressed. The grains are being modified and worse by the kemikill korpse-o-rations. Like roundup with your grain? Lead, etc. The soil has been kemikilled to death. Without a major change in the economics of food production we will never be a healthy planet nor healthy life existing here.


A vulture capitalist system worshiping the “free market” and profits above all else makes any real sea-change in America very hard to do. Couple that with the right-wing packed courts and endless lawsuits by profiteers that just do not give a shite and change becomes a challenge that requires a massive uprising and scientific moral government action!


And what about all the things that go into meat: steroids, preservatives, hormones? Some animals are diseased when slaughtered but the unsuspecting purchaser does not see this; they see a piece of dead animal flesh but have no idea where it came from or how it arrived in the butcher shop.

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And let us not forget “mad cow disease”. Greedy people feeding cows on ground up sheep to supplement their food. WTF?

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Poison chemical agriculture kills the soil as it kills every other living part of it. The Monsatan model of poison-based AG is one of killing your Mother. Destroys the health, beneficial organisms, and tilth of the soil - then it blows away and all the poison washes into our seas.

We say “feed your soil, and your soil will feed you” and that is very accurate and wise. The claims that mass industrial ag can only be accomplished by chemical poison means is not accurate and that mindset and the corporate propaganda that supports it, must be forever changed - ended! Smaller local farms and the families that nurture the Earth must also be grown and encouraged by economic, tax, and other means.

“ The One-Straw Revolution ” by Masanobu Fukuoka can teach us much about how to treat the Earth and grow healthy things I first read this jewel by the great master soon after it was published in the '70’s

“Readers who expect this to be a book only about
farming will be surprised to find that it is also a book about
diet, about health, about cultural values, about the limits of
human knowledge.”


And this one too:


Well it’s about damn time the IPCC got around to saying something about meat production. Maybe after the icecap goes poof they’ll get around to mentioning aviation, or even (heaven forfend!)… they may even take note of the inexcusable carbon aggression against all humans represented by all military activities.

But seriously, folks, you’re not going to hear that from the IPCC, because it’s the IPCC-PTB, and they’ll never break that hyphen. Apparently formed with the express purpose of stalling any effective action as long as possible, the IPCC has now succeeded in its inner mission, and obviously failed in its public mission. (Here’s a puzzler for you: The mission statement of the IPCC seems to have vanished from the face of the Earth. It was last seen in the Beaufort Gyre.)

Humankind has manifestly failed to take measures soon enough, large enough to avert what’s commonly referred to as “the worst consequences of climate change” as of August 2019, with Greenland weeping at the icecap’s funeral. If anyone thinks that ragged rubble icecap can be salvaged, that the Arctic can somehow be encouraged to refreeze, they’re whistling past our graveyard. Too much heat in the water, ocean currents acting crazy, coastal Fram going backwards right now… What do you need to see?


It’s not just about animals for food, but it’s about AGRIBUSINESS in total. Regenerative agriculture can include animals for food without harming the earth or consumers. However, I still think, first and foremost we must rise up against the fossil fuel industries if we want to have any chance of surviving the climate chaos we have now. No real change is gonna happen unless people stop cooperating with Empire.


Thank you! The real problem is capitalist food production. The goal of maximizing profits have led to the CAFO’s, to the overuse of chemicals, to the use of hormones and other drugs in meat production. Conventional meat today is full of carcinogens. Before WWII, Americans ate a lot less meat. What changed? The “Green Revolution”: the end of the small farms and the beginning of farming as Big Business and advertising. The problem with “going vegan” is that it’s only on the consumption side not on the production side. The notion of every body becoming a veggie is going to change how capitalism works in nutty.


If no one is buying beef, how many capitalists will continue to operate CAFOs? If people reduce meat consumption by half, and thereby reduce demand for beef by half, and thereby reduce prices, how many capitalists will continue to operate CAFOs at a loss?

Buggywhips were made by capitalists around 1900, during the height of unrestrained free-market-ism, but how many capitalist buggywhip makers stayed in business when demand approached zero?

A vegan diet won’t eliminate human greed, but it can reduce or eliminate CAFOs and many of the other environmental problems that meat production causes.


So long as we sadly continue to exclude all other animals from “the earth.”


Oh, the sea change in America will come. The question is whether it will come before or after the planet becomes uninhabitable by large animals–such as humans and cattle. The question is whether humankind collectively–not just in this most polluting of countries on a per capita basis–will initiate a planned global transition in less than a decade including food, fire, flying, firstness, and more (of everything), more fundamental and on a much grander scale than the world has ever seen.

Here is a cartoon in words to get a glimpse of what is involved: Our mission, should we decide to accept it, is to undo somewhere between 20% and 50% of the technology and industry that has been constructed over the past half-millennium–and do it in half a century without breaking the China (pun intended).

Obviously that is not even a “guesstimate” of what will have to occur, merely an informed speculation regarding the scale and scope. It may not even be possible: We may already have flamed (sic) past too many tipping points to prevent “Lifeboat Earth” from capsizing. As George Carlin said 30 years ago (when we knew, and should have begun the process), “Hey, you people trying to save the Earth–RELAX! The Earth isn’t going anywhere. YOU ARE.”

The only course of action that assures our extinction is inaction, and the only other certainty is that inaction will indeed result in chaos, bedlam, and misery beyond anything that has ever been imagined, much less written. Let’s get to it. We truly have NOTHING to lose by trying.


Actually, the problem is capitalism in general. The Latin roots of the word–since economists began to refer to money rather than plant and equipment as “capital”–translate loosely as “money worship.”


The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions

End our love affair with the automobile

Ride more trains and buses

Car pool

Walk and bike more

Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter

Become vegetarians or vegans

Refill plastic water bottles with tap water

Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation

Maximize use of reusable bags and products

Recycle junk mail

Forego fast junk food

Go to “slow food”;

Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans

Drive and accelerate more slowly

Climb more stairs

Plant more trees

Forego use of spray cans

Ride more trains and buses

Repair, mend and alter as much as possible

Buy solar panels

Compost as much as possible

Last person out of the room turn off the lights

Eat and farm organic

Ride more trains and buses

Fly fewer planes

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Use manual tools instead of power tools

Share more

Use rakes rather than leaf blowers

Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water

Maximize reusable bags and products

Push rather than power small mowers

Replace lawns with vegetable gardens

Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns

Compost as much as possible

Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);

Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;

Limit endless gadgets

Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Decrease consumption

Limit family size

Local Government Actions

Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)

Institute a carbon tax

Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit

Expand bike paths

Have shareable (zip) cars

Ban electric outdoor signs;

Eat and farm organic

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings

eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food


Federal Government Actions

Eliminate subsidies to fossil fuel corporations

Ban gasohol

Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war

Further shrink nuclear arsenals and increase treaties

Discontinue night baseball

Promote making electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible

Promote recycling

Set standards for making appliances to be as energy efficient as possible

Discontinue single use aluminum cans

Ban electric outdoor signs

Subsidize solar and wind power;

Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture

Reverse deforestation, plant more trees

Restrict spray cans

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide

End yearly auto model changes;

Proscribe junk mail

Scrap the mission to Mars

Adjust tax laws to limit family size

Make that 50 years ago. Been there.