The government has finally realized what most of us have known, and have been telling them about for decades, that factory farming is not good for the environment and that meat rich diets are directly related to diseases in humans including obesity, diabetes, heart disease; and there is even some evidence of Alzheimer’s.
A just released report from The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee notes: “Consistent evidence indicates that, in general, a dietary pattern that is higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact (Green House Gas emissions and energy, land, and water use) than is the current average U.S. diet,”
Of course the meat industry is up in arms; after all what’s more ‘Merican than a fillet mignon wrapped in bacon and slathered in butter with a side of cheese fries? Who cares if the rain forest is cut down so there is room for cattle to graze, or if pigs are raised in such tightly packed conditions that they stand in their own excrement that leaks out of waste lagoons into our water supply. This will cut into “Big Ag’s” profits they cry. “Enrichment trumps environment; hard cash trumps health,” is their mantra.
Hopefully Americans will take notice and make dietary changes, although we can expect the meat producers to switch their seduction tactics to distract us from doing what is right for our health, the environment and the animals. Let’s hope more people listen to their conscience than listen to Cargill.