In a recent blog, I featured seven environmental experts, all of whom were offering their opinion on how best to avoid another dust-bowl. Only one mentioned the possibility of growing more food for humans instead of for animals. (See link below.)
As I have stated repeatedly on this blog, the reason that our experts never consider plant-based solutions to daunting global issues is because the majority of them truly believe that we “need” to eat animal protein to be healthy. And that is what I call the “protein myth” that must be dispelled before our brightest minds will even put plant-based solutions on the table for consideration.
Well, it has happened again, in a 8-11-12 Op-Ed in the New York Times, three new experts weigh in on the weather and drought topic with a piece entitled: Extreme Weather and Drought Are Here to Stay (See link below for complete article). So who are these new experts and what did they have to say? The authors and their titles:
Christopher R. Schwalm is a research assistant professor of earth sciences at Northern Arizona University. Christopher A. Williams is an assistant professor of geography at Clark University. Kevin Schaefer is a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Throughout their Op-Ed piece, the three authors make a number of good points as they review the combined problems of water shortage, climate change and agriculture. Here’s what they had to say about water shortage:
Many Western cities will have to fundamentally change how they acquire and use water. The sort of temporary emergency steps that we grudgingly adopt during periods of low rainfall — fewer showers, lawn-watering bans — will become permanent. Some regions will become impossible to farm because of lack of irrigation water. Thermoelectric energy production will compete for limited water resources.
My response. If we made an aggressive move in the direction of plant-based eating for humans, we could soon eliminate over half the consumption of fresh water around the world. At the same time, we could feed over twice as many people on less than half as much land—reducing the need to even try to grow food crops in drought-prone areas.
As for global warming, the experts agree that we have a serious problem and that it’s not going to get much better, but again they fail to mention the number one cause. From the article:
Until recently, many scientists spoke of climate change mainly as a “threat,” sometime in the future. But it is increasingly clear that we already live in the era of human-induced climate change, with a growing frequency of weather and climate extremes like heat waves, droughts, floods and fires.
As with their other “expert counterparts” around the world, these three highly educated men only offer one proposed solution—reducing the consumption of fossil fuels. But they don’t lay out any plans for how our leaders might go about implementing that solution.
There is still time to prevent the worst; the risk of a multidecade megadrought in the American West can be reduced if we reduce fossil-fuel emissions. But there can be little doubt that what was once thought to be a future threat is suddenly, catastrophically upon us.
The Bottom Line. About all this article did was to establish the fact that we have a problem, but it did absolutely nothing in terms of moving us toward a solution. Houston, we have a problem! (but no mention of what we must do about it)
What is it going to take to open the minds of our “experts” to simple, workable solutions to all of these problems? Solutions that are right under their noses. The food they are putting in their mouths. The answer is so simple; it’s just two words. Whole Plants.
As for what’s at stake. Although I have written often about “saving the planet,” I have recently concluded that the planet is going to be just fine. Mother Earth has seen mass extinctions in the past (4 billion years) and she will see more in her future. What’s really at stake for us is the long-term sustainability of the human race. And that’s something that no political candidates ANYWHERE are talking about.
But I am going to keep blogging about this topic until enough people with power and wealth start listening. With enough money, we can “dispel the protein myth,” free up millions of brilliant minds around the world and begin to get some traction with our project to move the human race back in the direction of living in harmony with nature.
Check out my “protein myth” article below for my thoughts on how we might get this process underway.
- Source Article. Extreme Weather and Drought Are Here to Stay – NYTimes.com
- Earlier blog on “dustbowl.” “Dust Bowl” debate. Experts are missing the main point.
- An earlier blog. Dispelling the “protein myth,” and releasing a flood of creativity
- An earlier blog. Mark Bittman on global warming—NY Times
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