Saturday, March 23, 2013
Beyond Meat my @$$!
Well, it's bad enough that these companies have tried, and succeeded, to convince everyone that their GMO's are harmless, that the beef from grain-fed cattle is good for us, and that whole grains will prolong our lives by keeping our bowels squeaky-clean; that their intentions are down-right altruistic because they are going to keep the world from starvation; and we now have a world full of fat and sick people. Children are medicated for things that didn't used to exist in children before these do-gooders and governments decided that they knew what was best for us. It's time to put our collective foot down and say "enough already!"
It is also simply not enough to say it, but to take action. This is my bit. I just want to get the word out. Let people know that these lies are no longer being believed. That the science that is being spouted is FAULTY. We need to bombard these companies with email telling them that we know their lies and that we will spread the word about their lies. That is why I have decided to do a blog entry on a day that I normally would not. I am OUTRAGED by what I read. I am offended by what passes for science at this particular company.
Take this for example, from their scientist Michael Pollan who responded to a question from Bill Gates as to why people should replace meat in their diets: "Three principal motivators: health, because we know high consumption of red meat correlates with higher chances of certain cancers; and the environment, because we know that conventional meat production is one of the biggest drivers of climate change, as well as water and pollution; and ethics, since the animal factories that produce most of our meat and milk are brutal places where animals suffer needlessly."
First of all, that word "correlates." If you've been reading my blog you know this is one dirty word for me when it is used by scientists with the lay public. I don't know how many times I can say this (probably not enough) but I'll say it again, loud and clear: Correlation DOES NOT EQUAL Causation! What he fails to mention is that the higher instance of certain cancers could also be caused by other things. Hmmm... what other things? Could it be the way in which so much of the meat consumed by people is heavily processed until it no longer even resembles meat and then treated by chemicals to make it look, smell, and taste like meat? Could it be because that heavily processed meat is then placed on bread made from God-only-knows-what? Or could it be caused by the heavily processed side dishes that most people eat because they don't know what a fresh, non-GMO vegetable is? The point is, and I think you are getting the point, that they don't know.
The second phrase which has to do with conventional meat production... hm. Again with the BS. The fact is is that global climate change has been and always will be going on. That's what the climate does. It changes. If global warming hadn't been going on all along, we'd still be in an ice-age. The planet is just getting warmer and no matter what we do, it will continue to do so. But this is a blog about lifestyle and not global warming, so I'll stop there. If you are interested, there are still plenty of excellent scientists, with ethics, that have written numerous papers about this topic.
The only truth he spoke in his answer is about the factories. However, it needn't be that way. This sad fact is because of the consumers. People want what they want and they want it in large quantities and they want it right this second!
As far as the claims about an ever-expanding population and how we won't be able to feed everyone by 2050, well, who knows? Mother Nature has a way of taking care of things. It's called critical mass. When we reach a point that there are not enough resources to sustain the masses, the masses diminish. Of course, the way the world and the word's food production is going, I don't think we need to be worried about that. After all, we have a world full of obese and sick people who are just getting fatter and sicker because they continue to listen to their governments and so-called scientists that work for these so-called altruists-that-are-going-to-feed-the-world. We have finally succeeded in creating a generation of children that have diseases associated with old age and who have a shorter life span than we do. Congratulations! We have succeeded in doing Mother Nature's job for her. Yes, I'm being sarcastic.
Time for me to write my nasty-gram to the Beyond Meat people. Please do your part too. Go to their site. See the lies they are telling the world. Let them know you are not falling for it.