Eat Soy, Save The Planet. Save the planet from what and for whom we are never told.
A climate with a slight increase in global mean temperature can’t destroy the planet, nor all life on it. If it could, it would have already done so, since the planet’s climate has never ceased changing, and it has been hotter before than it is now. Colder, too.
Short of a giant rock from space, or a Divine Sodom-and-Gomorrah-like event, both which are increasingly possible, the planet cannot be destroyed. As in can not. Since it cannot be destroyed, there is no reason to try and save it.
But if it could be saved, saved for whom? Follow the moola?
It has been observed that the largest food manufacturers focus on plants for the sound reason that the profit margin is higher, much higher, than fresh meat. Or even than fresh plants. The minute you pick the tomato it’s selling time ticks down rapidly. But if you squeeze out the juice and mix it in with some wheat, oil, and sugar, you have a Healthy Choice Tomato Cracker, which will last on the shelves for months. Provided is it also laced with a dozen or three select preserving chemicals.
Homework: go to the grocery store and count the number of different crackers and cookies, all of which use the same basic plant-based ingredients. These include potato chips, and other vegetable-based snacks.
With a hunk of flesh cut from a beast it is mere days, hours in the case of fish, before the scrap pile. Not great profit, but great food.
Again, the same is true for, say, butter. It’s not cheap to make, certainly not cheaper than mixing seed oils, chemicals, and yellow food coloring and calling it “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”.
Then we have the coincidence of wee-p “studies”, which assure us that chemical yellow margarine is healthier for you than butter. That this pile of highly processed grains, chemicals, and sugar really is part of this nutritious breakfast, and better for you than not eating, which is to say fasting, or bacon. Bacon has fat, and fat, which is all over meat, was routinely condemned in “studies.”
So often are these coincidences that one begins to suspect this is coordinated. But that would be a conspiracy theory, and as we learned with Jeffrey Epstein, nobody believes conspiracy theories.
For instance, from Nature magazine: Eat less meat: UN climate change report calls for change to human diet.
Efforts to curb greenhouse gas-emissions and the impacts of global warming will fall significantly short without drastic changes in global land use, agriculture and human diets, leading researchers warn in a high-level report commissioned by the United Nations.
The special report on climate and land by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) describes plant-based diets as a major opportunity for mitigating and adapting to climate change — and includes a policy recommendation to reduce meat consumption.
It goes without saying, though this being the Internet it has to be said, that because the IPCC cannot make skillful forecasts of the climate as things now are, they have no idea, or rather they should have no confidence, in what the climate will be if everybody eats less meat.
It’s possible to make a model that tells you “Eat less meat, cooler climate”, but as I have labored in vain for many, many years to say, anything that comes out of the model is put into the model by modelers. Meaning that hidden in the “Eat less meat” model is code that makes the model say, through a convoluted path, “cooler climate.”
I repeat: it cannot be a surprise that a modeler says “Who knew less meat would equal a cooler climate?”. He planned for the model to say “Eat less meat, cooler climate” from the beginning. Not in so many words, perhaps, but definitely.
Here come the food companies:
The report states with high confidence that balanced diets featuring plant-based, and sustainably-produced animal-sourced, food “present major opportunities for adaptation and mitigation while generating significant co-benefits in terms of human health”.
And a healthy increase bottom line for food conglomerates. But that’s purely an unforeseen bonus. Right?
“Al Gore is standing to rake in millions from a World Resources Institute meat consumption reduction report, one that will certainly help boost profits for the meat substitute manufacturers — in which Gore just happens to be a big stakeholder!”
See what I mean.
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