I firmly believe that the path we are going down on is one of destruction. Ignore the silly environmentalist films with scare-mongering and the images of trees and forests fell by human machinery. It is not about that. It is not about ...
I firmly believe that the path we are going down on is one of destruction. Ignore the silly environmentalist films with scare-mongering and the images of trees and forests fell by human machinery. It is not about that. It is not about ecoterrorism or anarchist organizations sabotaging the greed of corporations so wealthy and so large that no amount of protesting or vigilante action will ever deter them.
Capitalism is here to stay. Capitalism is what will swing and open up a new future---as the sources of profit shift, so will the economy. We cannot afford to go back to some silly idyllic society where we are bereft of technology and modern commodities. It is those machines we decry and bash due to how they are use which allow all of us access to better, plant-based foods. Very few individuals can grow their own food, and this is why we are where we are, dependent upon factories and crops being grown everywhere.
At one point in the future, we are going to realize that this world cannot sustain itself on animal protein alone. That it simply is not feasible. I have the hope that one day we will see how it is far more convenient for us to thrive on plant-based foods. Stop wasting resources on fattening animals up who will simply get sick and die if not treated carefully. Call this an argument for environmentalist capitalism, in a sense. I have, for a very long time been concerned solely with boycotting, not working with, corporations which exploit the environment and animals. But as our consciousness grows and our needs to feed more and more people grow---people who are ultimately used for labour to generate a thriving system--we must meet demand. Demand for compassionate food. Demand for food that will ensure longer life-spans for working classes. Demand which will shift crops to feed cattle or swine and instead utilise every drop of water into breeding the next batch of the Proletariat.
As long as Capitalism remains, we must strive to make the best of it. So far, it is the lesser of two evils. Crushing and perhaps cynical, but we cannot expect to change it from without if we cannot subvert it instead from within. It is Capitalism which has bolstered many organizations through the hard work of average Americans like myself---like yourself--donating here and there as we can for causes we care about.
As the factories and abbatoirs are exposed by said organizations and public opinion shifts, the major corporations and companies see a change in interests---in the Weltashauung of the people...which in turn drives the market and drives demand and thus supply grows. If the world turns vegan then more vegan food will be available and I won’t have to pay $13 for a vegan pie at the local Hippie raw place down the street. I won’t have to smell the odorous yet resourceful 20-something couple that bake such great cupcakes. It will be at the reach of my fingertips for a few dollars less. I will be able to purchase all of the things I love and which will sponsor organizations I care about---and ultimately organizations that will lobby for that which I care about thanks to the public and our weight as the ones above see what good it does them.
Moving into the space age---colonising new planets and exploring deep space will require matter which can remain under extreme conditions. If we can grow plants, instead of raising animals, because let us face it...nobody wants to take care of a sentient being in the depths of space, then we will be better off. Even now there are plant-based proteins which can substitute entire meals with enough caloric content to get us through those times. Hell, we are just using animal protein out of caprice and stupidity.
As missions move to the farthest reaches of our galaxy in vessels with say a few thousand, it is easiest to recycle waste and water and grow as many plants as possible to insure that everybody can be fed. It is just simple logistics. There will be no time and nowhere near enough power to sustain animal agriculture if we want to move quickly from one place to another. What we do once settled is entirely different, as what may grow there isn't what we have here----granted that we can create an atmosphere or find a planet with an atmosphere--we will outgrow the idiotic compulsion to kill to survive.
The future will at least be wholly plant-based.