Substituting Beef for Beans, Earth Overshoot Day, and The ‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

Featuring this weekly news roundup are two of the most despised celebrities of our present moment, namely beef and meat in general. Thing is, that as much as some people might love the thrill of eating meat every single day; there comes a point in which we must accept that crucial times call for vital measures. And, yes, our life and the lives of younger generations are much more important than savoring pieces of lifeless flesh in our mouths.

Substituting Beef for Beans Would Help the U.S. Meet Climate Goals

It seems like there might be a revolution on its way and people around the globe have been sharing the buzz for a total of 208K times. This is a somewhat peculiar revolution though; one involving beans, but certainly not meat.

Environmental nutritionist researcher, Helen Harwatt, has recently revealed the substantial power behind the hypothetical scenario of all U.S. citizens making the single dietary change of substituting beef for beans (Hambling, J., 2017). Harwatt and fellow scientists from Oregon State University managed to measure the impact of this individual-collective change and concluded that our nation would then come closer to meeting the 2020 greenhouse gas emission goals agreed by Obama. Given that current president, Donald Trump, has already backed out from the Paris Climate Accord more emphasis is being placed on motivating actions at a personal level.

No vegetarianism; no veganism involved. All there is to triggering meaningful positive environmental change is to simply and exclusively drop cow meat. But the benefits associated with keeping beef and meat out of our diets cover more ground than just environmentally-wise; previous studies have shown that merely one daily serving of processed meat rises the risk of developing diabetes by 51% (What The Health, 2017), as well as providing insight into the relationship between meat and inflammation. It has been showed, for instance, that “within minutes of eating dead meat bacteria toxins, the body gets a burst of inflammation, stiffening or paralyzing the arteries” (What The Health, 2017). On the other hand, successful professional athletes such as Tia Blanco, Mac Danzig and Rich Roll are perfect living examples of how a plant based diet can considerably enhance your wellbeing as an individual and improve your performance as a sportsperson at the same time.

Fifty year old vegan ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll has triumphantly participated in demanding competitions like the Epic 5 Challenge and the Ultraman World Championship; despite having been formerly engaged in a lifestyle that involved alcohol, drugs and excesses. Whereas Tia Blanco and Mac Danzig have both been outstanding performers within their respective sports.

With these all said: would you be willing to give the beef for beans challenge a try?

Earth Overshoot Day: Mankind has Already Consumed More Natural Resources than the Planet can Renew Throughout 2017

Ever since 1986 scientists have been calculating the yearly Earth Overshoot Day also known as Ecological Debt Day, which stands for the moment in which humanity’s consumption of resources surpasses the planet’s capability of regenerating these resources during that specific year (Revesz, R, 2017). In other words we live in a finite world that, accordingly, does not have the capacity to meet infinite demands coming from the 7.5 billion people who inhabit it.

Other than just calculating a worldwide Earth Overshoot Day, scientists have determined one for almost every country. Within the top ten countries we can find in ascending order Luxemburg, Qatar, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, the United States of America, Kuwait, Mongolia, Estonia and Belgium; reaching their overrun day between February and April. On the contrary Honduras, South Sudan, Georgia, Moldova, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia, Jamaica, El Salvador and Iraq listed in descending order reaching their overrun day between November and December (Earth Overshoot Day). A big applause to the latter ones.

Things we can do at an individual level as claimed by charities and campaigners are to eat less meat, burn less fuel and cut back our food waste (Revesz, R, 2017). At a collective level however, we encourage people to demand their local governments to pose realistic short-term and long-term solutions to urgently tackle serious issues such as fossil fuels, waste and the regulation of harmful counterproductive industries; while partnering with or showing our support to individuals, businesses and organizations that are genuinely helping to solve these problems.

Meat Industry Blamed for Largest-Ever  ‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

If common sense was used to properly lead and manage a country then a golden rule of thumb would be that if damaging and adverse activities are being carried out within national territory; then these activities must be strictly regulated and in some cases even completely stopped and banned. However, reality points out directly to the fact that common sense is ever so far out of reach in our current times; as quite the opposite is going on right in front of our noses.

This news of excrement and fertilizer toxins running off into waterways and consequently leading to an invasion of algae that later on creates oxygen-empty areas killing nearly all forms of life in its way (Milman, O., 2017), has been shared a total of 66.8K times. Now, a tremendous dead zone stretch nearly the size of New Jersey lies in the Gulf of Mexico and most probably the U.S. government will go ahead and further subsidize responsible industries and/or corporations such as Tyson Foods, Smithfield and/or other similar ones. Because that is how it has been working and will continue working until American citizens unite and put a permanent halt to it.

In 2015 the Environmental Working Group reported that 7 million Americans living in 48 states were exposed to water systems that contained high quantities of nitrates tied to companies belonging to the livestock industry (Milman, O., 2017). So as Tyson Foods continues slaughtering 35 million chickens and 125,000 cattle a week, disposing around 55 million tons of manure per year; we should strive to join together and demand a healthy nation and planet; which are the type of nation and planet we deserve.

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