A Sane Proposal Regarding Climate Change

Blog Action Day

Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day, and this year’s theme is Climate Change. Here’s my pitch for an immediate step that could be taken to reduce the production of greenhouse gases significantly, while promoting good health; improving the economy in rural America; and reducing cruelty to animals. In fact, this suggestion is so logical that it’s a travesty that I have to suggest it. It makes Sarah Silverman’s recent hunger-ending proposal look paltry in comparison. Here’s my suggestion:

Close down Factory Farms.

Elininate Agri-Business.

The Humane Society reports that as much as 18% of all geenhouse gases are produced by agri-businesses. Agri-business practices increase air pollution, water pollution, and create general health risks.

The variety of public health concerns include Swine Flu, Diabetes and childhood cancer. As to our general health, the meat produced at these farms has doubled our intake of protein and contributed to the huge increase in obesity.

As if that isn’t enough, the healthier, sustainable family farms that once fed the nation have languished, destroying the economy in rural America. If the health of ourselves and our families, and that of our planet, weren’t enough, wouldn’t this be a case for dismantling this industry?

But, as the Humane Society points out, our lawmakers are giving Agri-business a free pass and stripping the EPA of their authority to regulate them. It’s the equivalent of the Tokyo police escorting Godzilla to the city. If we care about our future, we need to take drastic steps to contain the damage that we are doing to our planet. And we should start with the big, easy, bang for buck solutions. Like this one.

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2 thoughts on “A Sane Proposal Regarding Climate Change

  1. Timo Luege

    There is an easier way to reduce greenhouses gases. And it would be one that wouldn’t require us to close down any companies, drive less or shut down coal plants.

    The secret: increase energy efficiency!

    The International Energy Agency estimates that “Energy-efficient buildings, industrial processes and transportation could reduce the world’s projected energy needs in 2050 by one third”. One third!

    Unfortunately, increasing efficiency sounds extremely boring and not at all inspiring. But unlike many other suggestions it can be done.

    1. Peter Campbell Post author

      I stand thoroughly by my advocacy for doing away with factory farms, because, even if they were to address many of the detrimental environmental and health conditions (which they’ve shown little inclination to do, instead buying off Congress), there would still be significant benefits to society and the world’s health made by decentralizing the food production. reduced shipping of food, less chemical alteration required to keep it fresh, etc. And, of course, elimination of a massive transfer of wealth from rural middle class to corporate CEOs. But I didn’t mean to imply that it’s the sole step required to address climate change. Energy efficiency is a no-brainer, and it’s something that is actively being addressed. But I’m not aware of any science suggesting that that, alone, will be sufficient. What convinces you otherwise?

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