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The Rise And Fall Of The Resilient Adapt-a-vores And The Agrivultures From Mars

I’m respectfully borrowing an album title from David Bowie, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars. There’s no real connection other than I love the title and reworking it for this piece seemed appropriate. 

Human beings have done a tremendous job in the very short amount of time we’ve been on this planet. We’ve lived through an Ice Age that lasted ten thousand years. Imagine the drive needed and the most basic desire to simply survive. The ingenuity that was needed to find food and stay warm while procreating. I wonder how we humans today would fare?

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

l find myself complaining about the stupidest things. Inconveniences that I’d rather not have to deal with. A bike lane—Next to the curb—Pushing the parked cars into the street! This is a travesty. How dare that mayor do something I disagree with. How can I go on? Then, one day, it begins to snow, and snow, and snow.

Climate change is an interesting phenomenon. As our planet heats up and more and more ice melts into the oceans, the water deepen as the ocean levels increase. With less ice on the planet, which reflects most of the sunlight back to space. Our planet maintains a balance of warm and cold. The darker the ocean surface in the absence of ice—the more heat from the sun is absorbed. Creating a chain reaction of temperatures rising and most of the Earth’s ice melting.

This process can take many thousands of years. If this continues we will be forced to seek higher altitudes. But what if there’s no Starbucks? McDonalds? How will I keep my gym membership? At some point after we experience this lengthy heat wave things will begin to cool down. The ocean absorbs and contains 50 times more carbon dioxide than that of our atmosphere. As the ocean holds more and more carbon dioxide and marine life slowly dies off, big changes occur and the worst part of ‘global warming’ happens. ICE AGE.

Did It Get Cold In Here?

What can ultimately happen goes something like this. As we begin to re-pollenate the planet with ice caps and glaciers, we continue to reflect light back to space. The oceans absorb light but in colder temperatures and ice forming at a rapid pace, the earth turns very cold. As this natural process takes place over time, we can actually develop what is known as Snowball Earth. Which means most of the earth is covered in ice, reflecting all of the Sun’s heat back into space. This can cause a perpetual winter for millions of years. With almost no hope of change in sight.

Okay, everyone in a happy mood? Good. Here’s my point about all this global gloom and doom. This planet minus humans would not have become polluted with chemicals and definitely would not have lost it’s atmospheric balance. Lets face it we’ve gone a little nuts with consumption. While it makes sense that we humans want it all and we want it now, we must consider that we’re basically um, shitting where we eat. Pissing upstream and contaminating the drinking water downstream. We are living like blind sheep and turning our atmosphere into a global toilet.

Okay, so I opened this piece with an alarmist approach, but for good reason. I’ve said this before and will say it as often as is necessary—it is everybody’s divine right to eat whatever they choose and makes them happy. But, we use mufflers on our cars to quite down the auto mo-beasts to consider others. We also use catalytic converters and other pollution control devices to consider others and not destroy the environment.

I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back Ribs

I’m not sure if it’s just Americans or if this attitude has overtaken the world, but we all have become like petulant children throwing hissy-fits when someone or some agency tries to limit something ‘for our own good.’ That topic is a completely different argument, entirely. Save it for another post. Years ago, the beauty industry stopped using aerosol spray cans because of the damage they caused to the ozone layer.

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)—were initially used and were later replaced by Hydrocarbons, other companies used butane or propane and carbon dioxide. This all contributed to hurting the all mighty Ozone layer. The ozone layer is important because it converts the Ultra-Violet light into safe light. So we aren’t walking skin cancer cases. The importance of ridding most of the planet from aerosol cans was needed but doesn’t compare to other practices that continue today. Not the least of which is burning fossil fuel. But how are we going to get to Starbucks, or The Gap?

We humans can adapt to a great many things, but drop us in the ocean for too long and we will ultimately drown as we are not suited for aquatic life. Put us at the highest apex in the world on some remote mountaintop and we will succumb to illness associated with thinning blood and a lack of oxygen. Within reason, we pretty much kick ass. We can build vessels to survive many months on the oceans and simply descend from the mountaintops until the dizziness decreases.

Yet, in our quest for the ‘green life,’ our desire to live in harmony with nature is often thwarted by our modern way of life. Some of the biggest proponents of the green movement still sit down to a steak dinner, way too often. I applaud all efforts to bring our world back into balance, but the idea that people are using their Prius’ to go the local supermarket and purchase several pounds of meat and cheese and other assorted industrial foods is simply blind and undoing the good—If any owning a Prius will provide. .

We tend to jump on bandwagons and get pretty excited with ourselves. Again, we can be the blind sheep not knowing we’re crapping on our feed. Some climate change deniers might say we were founded on agriculture and farming is at the heart of this country. They might also say I’m being downright un-American! The image we have of a farmer tilling his land is not even close to what we have today. Monsanto and companies like them have pirated the agricultural system. Monsanto isn’t and agricultural company, they’re a chemical company. They’re more like Agrivultures!

The damage to our environment from factory farming is tremendous. Here’s eleven facts that caught my attention:

  1. About 10 billion land animals in the United States are raised for dairy, meat and eggs each year.
  2. By 2050, meat and milk production is expected to approximately double from 2000 levels, with most of those increases in the developing world.
  3. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that confined animals generate three times more raw waste than humans in the United States.
  4. According to a 2006 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, including 37% of methane emissions and 65% of nitrous oxide emissions.
  5. The use of fossil fuels on farms to grow feed and to intensively raise land animals for food emits 90 million tons of CO2 worldwide every year.
  6. Globally, deforestation for animal grazing and feed crops is estimated to emit 2.4 billion tons of CO2 every year.
  7. Growing corn requires more nitrogen fertilizer than any other crop, and more than half the corn in the world is fed to animals.
  8. In the United States, methane emissions from pig and dairy cow manure increased by 45% and 94% respectively between 1990 and 2009.
  9. Extra nutrients from livestock manure can end up in waterways and threaten marine life.
  10. Factory farms contribute to air pollution by releasing compounds such as hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, and methane.
  11. According to a study done by the Environmental Integrity Project, some factory farm test sites in the U.S. registered pollution emission levels well above Clean Air Act health-based limits.

Sources:

HSUS – The Impact of Animal Agriculture on Global Warming and Climate Change

HSUS – Fact Sheet on Climate Change and Animal Agriculture

HSUS – Fact Sheet on Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Animal Agriculture

Environmental Integrity Project

Animals
Animal Cruelty
Factory Farms
Environment
Fact Sheet
My life changed when I became vegan. I have been able to handle the heat of summer much better and the cold of winter, also. My body operates more efficiently therefore balances its temperature more easily. Becoming vegan lead to other holistic practices. I do drive a car that’s unfortunately not a hybrid. Arguments have been made against hybrid vehicles because we burn fossil fuels to make electricity. But my life changed in many ways and that lead me to live and work holistically.
This word holistic is somewhat misunderstood. Some people think it means being a tree hugger or giving up your high paying job and becoming a dog walker or a poet. It means to be WHOLE-istic. A holistic life style means inclusive of things that all support a specific cause. The origin of this term is based in health, of course. For any progress to be made in changing our current climate problems, we all must live more whole-istically. To embrace the green life and continue to live on a standard American diet is like giving up eating beef and taking to shooting heroin. Well, sorta. You get the point.
We humans have a tendency to live according to certain doctrines with some pretty big conflicts of interest. Most religions preach love and peace and acceptance, unless of course you don’t totally agree with every single nuance, we’ll have to burn you and your babies at the steak. Just a precaution, I guess.
In order for we the peoples to thrive and adapt we’re going to need a few things. You know air, water, sunlight. The basics. They in which we live today is almost insuring we won’t be able to sustain life on this planet. So we better be able to adapt to an artificial atmosphere created on Mars, in order to survive.
All I need is the air that I breathe. . .
This was a song from the 70’s. The following line was . . .just to love you. Well, if the delicate balance of air is thrown off, while our oceans are rising, our food supply is poisoned and so altered that the organisms on which we once lived are unrecognizable, we won’t have the opportunity to ‘adapt’ to the changes. Perhaps it’s time for people to consider diet as one of the bigger issues affecting our environment. I’m not downing all the other efforts to curtail global warming. Just trying to create a more holistic mindset for this very challenging issue all life faces.
But since we are the big brains and caused much of the problem, we have to fend for the rest of planet. We are the amazing adapt-a-vores, the one and only diversivores, we can do this if we adapt our thinking. From my perspective, and I could be wrong, we won’t be growing wings or gills anytime soon. We need to diversify our thinking and adapt to new concepts in order to reverse this frightening downturn of our environment.
Be well,
Tom DeVIto

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