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WICKED TRANSGRESSIONS: What the COVID-19 crisis is telling humanity

DAVID O. WIEBERS & VALERY L. FEGIN: The world is enveloped in a global health emergency that is exacting enormous medical and economic tolls upon humanity... The medical community finds itself on the front lines throughout the world dealing with the immediate human health consequences of this rapidly evolving crisis and trying to develop therapies and vaccines, as countries and their leaders attempt to mitigate the overwhelming societal and economic devastations that are unfolding... Yet, in the midst of all of the pandemonium and destruction, and as we begin to find our way through…

STUDY: Future pandemic? Consider altering animal agriculture practices

GISELE GALOUSTIAN: As early as the Neolithic period (circa 3900 BC), the domestication of animals likely led to the development of diseases including measles and smallpox. Since then, zoonotic disease has led to other major transnational outbreaks including HIV, Ebola, SARS, MERS, and H1N1 swine flu, among others. Currently, more than half of all existing human pathogens, and almost three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases, are zoonotic in nature. COVID-19 is the latest and most impactful zoonotic event of the modern era, but it will certainly not be the last. Given the breadth of…

A FOOL’S ERRAND: Meat and dairy are the Achilles heel of Biden’s climate plan

VIVECA MORRIS: President Joe Biden cannot deliver on his climate pledges if his administration keeps allowing meat and dairy corporations to emit vast amounts of planet-warming pollutants unchecked. Greening the energy, transportation, manufacturing and housing sectors — the focuses of Biden’s American Jobs Plan — is not enough to prevent devastating temperature rise. Even if fossil fuel use ended overnight, global emissions related to food production alone are on track to make it impossible to meet the Paris climate agreement’s target of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees…

STUDY: Many ‘struggle to acknowledge’ animal agriculture’s link to infectious diseases

UNIVERSITY OF KENT: New research led by the University of Kent has found that people fail to recognize the role of factory farming in causing infectious diseases. The study published by Appetite demonstrates that people blame wild animal trade or lack of government preparation for epidemic outbreaks as opposed to animal agriculture and global meat consumption... The study, led by Dr. Kristof Dhont (Kent), alongside Dr. Jared Piazza (Lancaster University) and Professor Gordon Hodson (Brock University), explored public understanding and opinion to determine where people place the blame of…

THE PAIN ON OUR PLATE: Britain’s ‘feel good’ action plan for animal welfare

GEORGE DVORSKY: The UK is implementing a series of new measures to improve the welfare of animals (Action Plan for Animal Welfare), both at home and abroad... A series of proposed laws to protect pets, farm animals, and endangered species will be considered in the coming months. Under the new plan, cats must be microchipped and ivory and shark fins will be made illegal. The government is even considering a ban on foie gras, among many other measures... Some of the reforms, such as recognizing animals as sentient beings and banning the import of hunting trophies, are a step in the right…

TRUTH CUTS DEEP: British television show cuts-off animal rights advocate for describing chicken slaughter

JASON CHESTER: Good Morning Britain hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard were forced into action... after an animal rights campaigner graphically described the slaughter of battery hens. A faction of viewers almost choked on their cornflakes after PETA animal rights spokesperson Dr. Carys Bennett bluntly detailed the manner in which chickens are prepared for human consumption during a live interview at 8:30am. But her descriptive language prompted audible gasps from the presenting team, with its principal hosts cutting in as they discussed a new bill that enables any animal with a vertebrae…

FROM AG-GAG TO AD-GAG: Texas Lawmakers push unconstitutional ban on plant-based meat labeling

CHRISTIAN BRITSCHGI: A bill advancing through the Texas legislature would pile new regulations on how the makers of plant-based and lab-grown foods could label their products... The Texas House of Representatives passed H.B. 316. The bill amends the state's food labeling laws to prevent newly defined "analogue" foods—a category that includes products from companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat — from using terms like "beef," "meat," and "pork" on their packaging. Plant-based food producers could still use terms like "burger," according to The Dallas Morning News. But any such…

CARNI-VIRUS: We’re on track to set a new record for global meat consumption

DAN BLAUSTEN-REJTO: Bill Gates made headlines earlier this year for saying that “all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef” in an interview with MIT Technology Review about the release of his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. Although he recognized the political difficulty of telling Americans they can’t eat any more red meat, Gates said he sees real potential in plant-based alternatives from companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Nevertheless, the world is expected to eat more meat in 2021 than ever before. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization…

Ezra Klein: Let’s Launch a Moonshot for Meatless Meat

EZRA KLEIN: I’m a vegan, but I’m also a realist. There’s no chance humanity is going to give up meat, en masse, anytime soon. That said, we can’t just wish away the risks of industrial animal agriculture. If we don’t end this system, soon, terrible things will happen to us and to the planet. Terrible things are already happening. So this is about finding a way to work with humanity’s growing appetite for meat rather than against it. All we need to do is replace the animals, or at least a lot of them. Technologically, we’re closer to that than you might think. What we need is for government…

FEEDING AT THE PUBLIC TROUGH: U.S. animal agriculture subsidies soared in 2020 despite climate and health damage

SALLY HO: Farm subsidies and bailouts for animal agriculture companies in the U.S. skyrocketed in 2020 to continue to prop up the carbon-intensive and health damaging industry, new data has revealed. Describing the coronavirus-stricken period as a “blowout year” for the sector, sustainable farm policy nonprofit Agriculture Fairness Alliance (APA) are calling for American tax dollars to be better spent on accelerating the much-needed transition to a climate-friendly food production. Rocked by trade wars and the coronavirus pandemic, the number of farm subsidies and bailouts in the U.S.…