I'm on my way. Chillin at the airport. My sister was kind enough to drop me off this morning on her way to work. And yesterday my Dad was kind enough to drop me at my sister's in preparation. It's a family affair getting me to where I need to be. That makes me feel a little dependent on them but I'm notorious for not letting my friends and family help me so I'm trying to find a better balance. I'm trying to embody asking for help without expecting help.
Anyhow, I made some veggie stir-fry at my Dad's…oh wait did I tell you I'm vegetarian now? Ya, just made the switch a month ago. So after 10 years of everyone assuming I was vegetarian, just bc I dated a bunch of vegetarian's and I worked for a vegan company and bc I know a lot about the devastating effect factory farm meat production has on our environment and personal bodies….
I love meat, tastes great and I get societal accolades when I eat it. I'm conforming to the strong American male stereotype when people see me eating meat. And as a dancer, sometimes I take my man points and fitting in with the herd points where I can get them. I wish I became a vegetarian because of compassion for animals but I need to be real, that's not why. My body started really not liking meat and it was making me sick, so I have stopped eating meat.
From time to time I'll have a small portion to test the waters so to speak. And who knows, in a month perhaps I'll be back to meat eating. I hope not though. For the sake of our future on this planet. Factory farming contributes much more to Climate change than the fossil fuel industry (in the short term)…I'm a little surprise that hasn't entered into the political discussion yet.
Now what do I mean about Factory farming contributing more in the short term? Well, it's a methane vs CO2 problem. Methane absorbs heat in the atmosphere 100x more that CO2, BUT Methane works its way out of the atmosphere more quickly. Check this out:"Focusing on carbon emissions is only half the battle – or 74 percent of total emissions to be exact – but, focusing on the percentage of total emissions is extremely misleading because it ignores global warming potential altogether. We've seen that methane, which accounts for only 14 percent of emissions worldwide, traps up to 100 times more heat than carbon dioxide over a 5-year period. This means that even though carbon dioxide molecules outnumber methane 5 to 1, this comparatively smaller amount of methane is still 19 times greater a problem for climate change over a 5 year period, and 4 times greater over a 100 year period. To put it another way, any methane molecule released today is 100 times more heat-trapping than a molecule of carbon dioxide, or potentially even higher according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. With the UN establishing various tipping points for irreversible climate change damage on the horizon, it's time that methane enters mainstream consideration. And better yet, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organizations like the Worldwatch Institute have estimated it could be as much as 51 percent – it's time that we look beyond our gas tanks and on to our plates."
So ya, not sure why Bernie's not mentioning Big Ag as a the main short term problem in our Global Warming struggle but I suppose working on the fossil fuel industry is a big enough handful as it is at the moment.
Man I can't wait till the fossil fuel industry is out of the way and we can get some good technology rolling again. I mean, combustion engines are so 100 years ago. Actually, its a bit more than that. 1859 Étienne Lenoir built a gasoline combustion engine and 1680 Christian Huygens was tooling around with internal combustion engines…dang our tech has been suppressed. All the cool kids are working on magnetic field propulsion these days.
Love those maglev trains. And speaking of trains, my train of though is far afield of the amazing stir-fry I started with..so lets maglev back to the beginning shall we.
This veggie stir-fry is the best. My Dad and Brother have taken to buying bulk Cashews and Almonds (Cashmonds…not to be confused with Walmonds). Also they get an awesome ginger glaze sauce which when combined with sesame oil and soy sauce makes the best stir-fry .
Ho dang, I really am back at the beginning…It's a family affair getting me to where I need to be.