Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part I)
The St Louis County Council wasn’t as bad as Ferguson’s Council, but still very few answers and virtually no accountability from the folks who unleashed unholy hell on the residents of Ferguson, following Brown’s murder. #staywoke #farfromover
I spent the first part of the day without consulting tumblr at all, and noticed how much less negativity I had, and much more energy I had.
But knowing about the terrible things going on the the world is oddly… addictive. It feels like it’s something important.
"The movie starts as a first-person journey to sustainability for Kip Andersen. He’s a self-proclaimed environmentalist, but it’s not until some serious digging that Kip discovers the devastating impact of the meat and dairy industries on the environment. As someone who turns to organizations like Greenpeace and Surfrider for info and guidance, Kip wonders why they have almost no information on the number one cause of environmental destruction (i.e. meat and dairy). He goes to speak to these organizations and films interviews (sometimes secretly). By the middle of the movie, we have what shapes up to be a very real conspiracy. I know, sounds melodramatic, but watch the movie. There is no more appropriate word than conspiracy. The groups that are supposed to be helping the environment are spitting out more crap than a factory farm. Really, it’s bonkers.” -vegansaurus
Watch this now!
THIS IS SO FUCKING IMPORTANT WHETHER YOU ARE CURRENTLY A NON VEGAN OR A VEGAN
OH MY GOD.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WATCH THIS. VEGAN OR NON VEGAN. JUST. WATCH THIS.
I am a vegan and an environmentalist and extremely disappointed by this movie. But it does some very good things.
First among them is point out that major environmental organizations are corporations like any other, and can choose only politically-appropriate stances, since they depend on membership to survive.
What I didn’t like was the junk science and ‘gotcha’ journalism. There’s a reason animal agriculture wasn’t on many of these people’s radar — it really isn’t the cause of 51% of all greenhouse gases, which was evident after really basic research. What else is this film being dishonest about?
Environmentalists should go vegan, because animal products are unsustainable, and with the population boom we’re undergoing, the world needs to cut food waste and grow food directly for consumption. Environmentalists should go vegan because animal ag is terribly polluting. Environmentalists should go vegan because farming animals is unethical.
You don’t need fake science to make this movie, so I’m not sure why they did.
From an email I sent their contact page (which they never answered):
I am naturally inclined to believe your claims that Animal Agriculture is the largest contributor to climate change — yet I was shocked by your statistic that it contributes 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions. I checked this after the movie and found that the UN FAO lists it at 11%, but your sole source, “World Watch” recalculates it to 51 based on respiration and other factors.
Respiration is carbon neutral: The carbon that goes into a cow’s body from its feed crop is the same as the carbon the feed crops absorb from the air. This “respiration” statistic really doesn’t add up to the world’s GHG balance the way that burning fossil fuels does.
You could make the argument that cows convert CO2 to CH4 (methane, a GHG with more short term potency, released by manure), and thus contribute to global warming, but this paper does not do that, it simply takes the CO2 that cows respire and counts it as a GHG emission.
“Abortion has been around as long as pregnancy, and our responsibility is to let it be complex and to make it safe and accessible. And most of all to not question people when they choose abortion—to let them be the experts on their own lives.”
Nighttime adventuring with Zac around UMBC was real good
These adventures will last forever.
My environmental science teacher is quite ignorant on veganism & health & told us 2day that humans are omnivorous bc of two canines How can I make sense of why humans have canines Jw myself I know our flat teeth are indicative of us being herbivores
Humans may have come from an ancestor that was indeed omnivorous, and may have consumed meat in the past due to absolute necessity, but your teacher is a dumb ass to say that “two canines make someone an omnivore (or even a carnivore)”.
Here is a horse skull (replica). They are obviously herbivores. You see those pointy things? Those are obviously canines. However, we know that horses cannot only not ingest animal products, but they don’t even view meat as food.
Here is a deer skull (replica or real; unknown). Herbivores again. Now look at the front set of teeth (sorry for the shitty image quality). What do you see? Again, pointy teeth! But again, deer are herbivores!
Now here is a black bear skull, which is a true omnivore. (Again, unknown if it’s a replica or real.) As you can see, they not only have MORE than just a set of sharp canines…they also have grinders like an omnivore does. Their snouts are also not super long so they have more jaw crushing power. Plus their jaw bones are super think. Their grinders are duller than an obligate carnivore.
Here is a lion skull (again unknown if replica or not), an obligate carnivore. Again, sharp canines with more than just the canines being sharp. And WOAH, super sharp grinders for crunching bone! No flat teeth to actually do any grinding. Obligate carnivores therefore rip their meat into small bits and swallow those bits whole. (Not as much fiber as a plant, also.)
Humans’ canines in comparison to a true omnivore or carnivore are dull as shit.