Sudden Thought: Chik-Fil-A is Right!

Posted in Health - aging, mostly by EloiSVM42 on November 1, 2011

It is not politically correct to say it, but the only way this planet is going to survive in the medium-term is with population control.

Birth control, smaller family trends, and more rational medical decisions are fine, but at present they are just trimming around the edges. At some point we are going to have to bite the bullet, make the tough decisions, stop speaking in clichés and begin planned population elimination.

I’m speaking now, of course, about cows. Beef cattle, and much of our dairy herds are going to have to go, and we are going to have to eschew our love of steak and hamburgers.

While people around the world are going hungry, almost a third of our grain production is going into raising cattle. This is conspicuous consumption that outranks even our own.

Also, cattle are major polluters. One of the most polluted areas in the country is in the San Joaquin Valley of California. It is a mostly rural  area – in fact it is one of the areas of greatest agriculture production in the country, an unlikely place to expect so much pollution, which we generally associate with urban smokestacks and automobiles. The reason the San  Joaquin is so polluted? Methane gas, or as elementary school students call it, “Cow farts.”

Yes, cows produce so much gas from their grain munching that it’s surprising the entire valley doesn’t combust spontaneously. Drive Interstate 5 either way between L. A. and San  Francisco, and for much of the drive it smells like one big cattle feedlot…because it is.

I write with a little humor about this because, well, to many people cow farts are funny. But I’m also making a serious prediction. Cattle will soon be an endangered species, soon thereafter will be virtually extinct. It’s them or us.

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  1. EloiSVM42 said, on November 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

    This is a fair point. Farming of animals other than cows also contributes to the problem. But we need protein. Perhaps one day it will all have to come from soy. Ugh.

    I began the conversation with cows because they are the biggest contributor to methane gas pollution. It’s a matter of scale. This puts me in mind of an old, juvenile joke, to wit:

    Question: what is the difference between a saloon and an elephant fart?
    Answer: One is a bar room and the other is a BAROOOM!

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