Today I read an article on Green Biz that President Obama has rejected a carbon tax for polluting companies. Instead the article said he wants to invest in clean energy technology to boost green job growth. In a previous speech I heard him state that his goal is to provide each American that wants a job, a job. Well I want a job Mr. President. Any ideas how to make it happen? I am interested to see how these big goals will actually be accomplished. There are many of us highly capable educated professionals that are racking their brains on how to land that job. I’m just curious how Washington is going to make that dream come to fruition to a couple million people. I have worked for 3 clean tech starts ups all of which ended in lay offs. Money isn’t always the issue. Having worked for 2 solar companies and an electric vehicle company, money is needed for countless hours of design, pre-production and testing, but that is being done by a handful of engineers. So if Washington invests billions into clean tech start ups, it won’t be to employ the couple million that are unemployed. Most likely it will be a few out of work and the majority will be currently employed just shifting companies. That is not enough to solve the grand problem of displaced people. There needs to be a systematic approach. Maybe the article didn’t do the president or decision makers justice, but it isn’t just renewable energy that will provide the opportunities for Americans. There are many avenues to reducing our environmental footprint and hopefully it won’t solely be the president that will talk about helping the unemployed. It takes everyone. I’m sure the president won’t be able to make that job connection, letter of recommendation or look at a resume with hope. May all of America see this as a problem to be dealt with and not just relying on someone else to solve it. It takes all of us.
So it has been close to a year and a half since my last post. Now that I am about to get laid off and finish my Sustainable MBA program, I should have more time to devote to ruminations about sustainability, clean living and whatever other rants I am on.
So a couple days ago I watched the documentary ‘Fork over Knives’. It was enlightening. I know that all things should be taken with a grain of salt due to the many biases documentaries represent, but this one was insightful. The very short synopsis is that we should all live vegan lifestyles to benefit our health and the planet. It talks about the powerful messaging that started around WWII with the focus on meat and dairy products as being the main sources for our protein intake. However, they compare those meat and dairy eaters with the rate of people being affected with cancers, CVD and other diseases from that time frame till now. The doctors conducted surveys of large groups of people and found a link. In fact, one of the doctors took on 12 patients who stopped their meds and started a whole foods vegan diet. All patients showed positive results.One lady was told by her primary care physician to prepare for death. Well she proved him wrong with this new found vegan lifestyle.
What makes my little brain ponder is the argument over eating meat. Me being a conservative Christian doesn’t see a problem eating meat due to scripture saying it’s cool to eat it. BUT, why is it all of a sudden becoming an issue? Maybe it is because we are consuming more of it these days and are altering the make up of animals in a big way. From injecting hormones and antibiotics in cows to genetically engineering chickens to grow faster than what their body can literally hold. ** side note, Food Inc. is a great movie and shows the sad reality that chickens can’t even walk around because their bodies are growing too fast. They just sit around till they are thrown in a truck and taken off to slaughter. Nothing is “natural” about this. I hate how the big companies put the word “natural” on their products when there is literally nothing natural about them. OK, rant is over..**
The documentary mentioned how even organic meats should be avoided. I’m not a scientist so I can’t make any statements in sound mind, but I think eating organic meat here and there should be fine. BUT, they do comment that all dairy products should be avoided as well. I do like how they state that you can’t take a product that is made for a calf and expect it to have great health benefits to a human.
So my takeaways… I am going to finish my milk that I bought a week ago. No reason to waste it. However, I will try hemp or soy milk next. No more buying of cheese or yogurt products either. I am a big dairy eater so this will be a challenge, but they may have made a believer out of me. I will keep you updated on what tastes good :)… you can trust me… I am a foodie!
Good Night and Peace Out!
That’s a lot of beef… April 1, 2010
If you have yet to watch Food, Inc., I really encourage you to. When Fast Food Nation came out a few years ago, I blatantly told people I will not watch that video because I love fast food. I have yet to watch the video, but now it is on the ‘to watch’ list. It’s like we enjoy being naive. We really don’t want to feel guilty or grossed out or scared as to what we are putting into our mouths. Ironic isn’t it? We like to live in ignorance and we are aware of it?!
Well times are a changing my friend and if you are actually reading my blog, you are now not living in ignorance. As stated in my previous blog, if you read this information and choose to do otherwise that is your decision. But remember what I quoted regarding the approval part of your purchases. What you buy is telling the manufacturer you approve of the steps they took to give you the product you hold in your hands. You are telling the farmers to keep on injecting hormones and antibiotics into the animals, that they can lock them up in dark spaces 24 hours a day and saying it is ok to feed cows “food” that is unnatural for their system.
When you think of a cow, you see a black and white cow standing out in the pasture. They are enjoying the sun and eating grass. That was the way it was intended for them live. Like the commercials that show the cows playing kickball and at the end it says, ‘happy cows come from California.’ We have taken something so simple and pure and turned it in to a mass production line. Cows don’t hang out in the pasture, they don’t even get to leave their jail. They don’t eat grass. They are forced to eat corn, grain and remains of their slaughtered friends. (corn will be another topic) They feed them this unnatural food to plump them up. Food Inc. stated 400 cows get slaughtered in an hour. Is that a production line or what!?
I understand that there is supply and demand. Like any business, they want to make the cheapest product, shorten their build process and make the highest return on investment. When it comes to material possessions we can understand and somewhat approve of it. But when it comes to the food we eat day in and day out, do we really want to approve of that process? When will we ever say enough is enough? When will we ever challenge the powerful forces that be? McDonald’s owns the most beef farms in America and you know the quality of meat that makes up your Quaterpounder. Just think that in 1lb of beef there could be up to a 100 cows represented in that package?
I know I am just touching briefly on the animal itself, but just think of all the other resources that get used up in that process. Energy in the form of fossil fuels, water, chemicals, feed. The danger of the manure containing E.coli that the cows stand ankle-deep in. That makes it easy to pass on to the other cows not to mention the run off into the soil. Why do you think veggies have shown evidence of containing E. coli? What a mess we have made of nature and how we do things. The processes we have created to mass produce has also turned into the dangers that have taken lives.
So as stated before, you can never go wrong with USDA Organic. Any other label is trying to condone one practice while highlighting another.
Baby steps to being green & why you need to be…. March 29, 2010
It is my goal through this blog to communicate to you to what I am learning about the green economy and positive steps you can take. Green used to be synonomous with being a hippie and if you weren’t, you were a yuppie. Of course those words are not used in my generation. Rather if that is the ideal you embrace, you are seen as being very left wing. But coming from a strong Biblical conservative, I can tell you that isn’t the case anymore. I watch the 11th Hour, which is the documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Gorbichav. Although I do not agree with their anti-Biblical beliefs, their information on the state of the world was an eye opener. On a different, but similar note; Georgeously Green opened my eyes to see the food, that I have been eating my entire life, in a whole new perspective.
Indulge me if you will and give some thought to the topics I will share with you. If you have any comments or suggestions, please email me. If you have any job leads, please send those as well.
Tonight will be a quick topic: Milk
Americans would probably be prone to doing whatever was cheapest and easiest, opposed to what was environmentally and bodily friendly. The dollar was always my driving force. I would buy milk, yogurt and diet meals based on what was on sale not thinking of the ramifications. Milk is generally something we all consume. But let me paint a picture for you of what it is you are actually drinking. Like I said, please keep an open mind and don’t stop reading because you don’t want to spend more money on USDA Organic and rather be ignorant of what is really going on.
Cows are treated as a commodity rather than letting them just be animals. I am for eating of animals. I am not a vegetarian. However, I rather eat/drink from an animal that had a “natural” life opposed to being injected with hormones, antibiotics, artificial insemination and packed in small spaces like pickles. (sardines have a lot of room in their packaging) The rBGH that you may see on milk products is a hormone that causes the cow to produce a heck of a lot more milk than their body was intended to produce. By milking them practically continously, it causes their udders to drag on the ground. That can lead to infections. I don’t know about you, but based on the treatment alone, I don’t want to support those mass producing dairys.
I know you may be saying, “I have been drinking milk my entire life and nothing has gone wrong. Who is to say I will ever get sick from the crap they inject into the cows and who cares about how they are treated?” Well, I wonder if you would feel that way if you actually got a first hand view of the farm. I don’t need to go that far to change my opinion. I am forking out the bucks for the small farms that are producing the milk naturally – USDA Organic. Don’t buy anything other “certified” milk . It needs to say USDA Organic to be sure of what the cows were fed, that there were no chemicals involved and that they were on a pasture. If you still don’t care, go right on and continue to plague your body and the bodies of your children with chemicals and supporting cruelty to animals. As stated in 11th Hour, whatever you purchase you are agreeing to the process by which it was made, the materials that went into it and what will happen to it when you don’t need it anymore.
Forgive me if I sound rude. This is a process for me too. We make decisions based on what we know. So I, like you, am just beginning the learning process. Good night!