The U.S. Government is Funding the Meat Industry in More Ways Than One
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says we’ll eat more meat this year than ever before. According to figures released last month, the department forecasts that the average American will eat nearly 10 ounces of meat and poultry every day in 2018 — nearly twice the amount we should be eating.
Our survival depends upon eating and drinking. We really don’t have a choice in the matter. The USDA predicts we’ll consume 222.2 pounds of meat, per person this year up from 216.9 pounds in 2017 and this has been climbing over the years. Of course, the more we eat, the more that will be produced.
Is it True That the More We Produce, the More We Eat?
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is suggesting that, as a nation, we are out of control with our eating habits. Yes, there are trends to eat healthier but the majority of our citizens rely upon cheaper methods of surviving. That usually means burgers or categorically, “fast food”.
“If everyone on the planet consumed and wasted as much as Americans — including eating as much meat — we would need five earths to sustain us”.
For the CBD and other green organizations, citing the government as the fault is somewhat hypocritical as “green organizations” use the laws on the books to seek out money from the government to push their agenda. Although they don’t believe in the statistics published by the USDA, they push statistics of their own to persuade public opinion. Chances are you could not get their statistics to verify their assumptions.
What if The Problem isn’t Meat Production?
It’s hard to imagine our country without meat. By the same token, it’s hard to imagine China with meat. Point is, our country is different, always has and always will be. Mountain men didn’t live off of grass and leaves. Meat sustained them and our culture moved in that direction. Becoming an industrialized nation meant allowing citizens to be productive. Today the battle isn’t about food sources; it’s whether or not we’ll have enough food to maintain a growing population.
Although we believe the government is too large and to manipulative, there is a tendency to turn a blind eye to reality.
• More government agencies than we need (the average American doesn’t realize there are currently over 600 agencies)
• Immigration laws that cannot control the millions that are pouring into our country;
• Climate change as a headline that really isn’t a problem (link to our climate page); and finally, government corruption and deceit that leaves all of us in the dark (that’s finally changing)
“If the market was allowed to dictate production trends we would be moving toward a sustainable food system. Instead, we are being force fed by the USDA.”
The Long Arm of Advertising
The CBD agenda may have started out as a good thing but like the government, they’ve used the “long arm of advertising” to persuade you that there are 489 billion pounds of toxic manure, which uses 21.2 trillion gallons of water, that uses 682 million acres of wildlife habitat and that it creates 337 billion pounds of greenhouse gases. Although these numbers may be accurate, how does the public know this? They don’t and by the sheer size of these numbers, you are persuaded to BELIEVE.
The push by the CBD uses advertising tactics that suggest “well if this is bad, then that is bad” to garnish your attention. Do you know the contents of a Hot Dog? Most don’t and although the contents may not be soothing to the ear, we eat them anyway. Conversely, where is the CBD on Cannabis? Rapidly taking hold of our country to suggest that beyond medical purposes, it’s now OK for casual uses. Really? We killed cigarette advertising years ago but now “weed” is the thing and advertised heavily.
We don’t disagree that eating healthier makes sense; it all comes down to ridiculous message of Climate Change. It’s not climate Change, its population growth and Sustainable Development.