A Sane Proposal Regarding Climate Change
A Blog Action Day post: stop factory farming
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. Eliminate agribusiness.
The Humane Society reports that as much as 18% of all geenhouse gases are produced by agribusinesses. Agribusiness 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 agribusiness 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.
Peter Campbell working at Earthjustice from 2007–2012.