"Children show no trace of the arrogance which urges adult civilized men to draw a hard-and-fast line between their own nature and that of all other animals."
USDA Funds Major Research of Weather and Climate Impact on Cattle
Welcome to madness: $19.5 million in government funding to help dairy and beef industries adapt to the climate change they’re causing.
“We have seen the impact that variable climate patterns have had on production agriculture for the past several years. These projects will deliver the best tools available to accurately measure and respond to the effects of climate on beef and dairy production,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
I appreciate that applying legitimate science to agriculture might slow down the global catastrophe that is meat and dairy, but this is like putting a band-aid on a severed limb.
The team will also develop an agricultural education curriculum with an urban foods focus at Vincent High School in Milwaukee in an effort to educate future leaders and consumers about the contributions of the dairy industry to economic and environmental sustainability.
Did you catch that? The next generation needs to understand how the dairy industry contributes to environmental sustainability. That’s like teaching them to understand that gunshot wounds contribute to overall health. If your agenda involves genuine sustainability, USDA, then maybe you should explore ways to transition these farmers from cattle to plants.
UGH. The resources it takes to raise animals for food for a population our size is NEVER going to be sustainable. Great news, though: humans don’t need meat or dairy to survive! Just imagine the innovations in growing plants that could be achieved with the time, money, and energy that is instead being used to unnecessarily abuse and exploit animals.
Every time I look back to this photo, I feel uncomfortable — it haunts me. It’s as if they are saying to me, we are not a number — not only cheap labor and cheap lives. We are human beings like you. Our life is precious like yours, and our dreams are precious too.
They are witnesses in this cruel history of workers being killed. The death toll is now more than 750. What a harsh situation we are in, where human beings are treated only as numbers.
This photo is haunting me all the time. If the people responsible don’t receive the highest level of punishment, we will see this type of tragedy again. There will be no relief from these horrific feelings. I’ve felt a tremendous pressure and pain over the past two weeks surrounded by dead bodies. As a witness to this cruelty, I feel the urge to share this pain with everyone. That’s why I want this photo to be seen."
Click that link. This is a picture that needs to be seen just as badly as the endless failures of global capitalism, which encourages and necessitates the conditions that made this happen, need to be seriously addressed.