Some exquisite, stunning writing has arisen out of the pandemic that brings urgency to the issue of curtailing meat and animal product production and consumption. Here is a selection well worth reading.
- National Review: China’s Wet Markets, America’s Factory Farming “They’re more alike than not in their violations of moral common sense.“
- Washington Post: Meat is not essential, Why are we killing for it?
- New York Times: Our Cruel treatment of Animals Lead to the Coronavirus
- New York Times: The End of Meat is Here. “If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals.” View article as a PDF.
- National Review: The Human Cost of ‘Culling’ Livestock and ‘Depopulating’ Farms
- Scientific American: One Root Cause of Pandemics Few People Think About. It’s our seemingly insatiable desire to eat meat.
- New York Times: Plant-Based ‘Meats’ Catch On in the Pandemic. “As the meat industry struggles to respond to the outbreak, makers of vegan substitutes are ramping up production to meet new interest from shoppers.”
- National Review: Senator Booker Is Right about Factory Farming “We should pass legislation to end it.”
- Los Angeles Times: How humans created a pandemic ‘highway’ “The coronavirus shows that what we’re doing to animals is killing us, too.”
- HBO Real Time with Bill Maher: America’s Wet Markets
- Harvard Political Review: Rather than Cull Millions of Livestock, Let’s End Animal Agriculture
- Washington Post: The real scandal isn’t what China did to us. It’s what we did to ourselves. “There are other paths for pathogens. The most likely one comes directly from our insatiable appetite for meat.” “Factory farms are the best way to select for the most dangerous pathogens possible.”
- Vox: The meat we eat is a pandemic risk, too. “If you actually want to create global pandemics, then build factory farms.” Read how the intensive confinement methods used to produce 99% of meat in the U.S. are the perfect incubators and transmitters of both pandemic viruses and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- The Guardian: The pandemic highlights the gruesome animal abuses at US factory farms. “There is nothing natural or inevitable about factory farms, which have transformed human agriculture into a monstrosity which would be unrecognizable to previous generations. After they pass into history, future generations will view them as one of the greatest crimes ever perpetrated by humankind.”
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Pandemic News & Info for the Vegetarian/Vegan Community
Takeaways from Dr. Greger’s Webinar on COVID-19
This comprehensive summary by vegan MD Michael Greger succinctly presents the topic from soup to nuts in a clear and digestible manner, laying out all the stats. From the emergence of global diseases, to COVID-19’s outbreak, to slowing a pandemic, to treating and avoiding it, to what to do if you get it, to how it ends, to preventing future pandemics.
All Videos for COVID-19 from NutritionFacts.org
This library of videos by Dr. Greger examines such topics as:
What can we learn from other countries and the 1918 pandemic to slow COVID-19?
Why can’t we stop COVID-19 like we stopped SARS and MERS, the other two 21st century coronavirus outbreaks?
The next coronavirus pandemic may come from pigs not pangolins.
The role live animal markets and the trade in exotic animals have played in the emergence of deadly coronavirus outbreaks.
How to treat the cause by preventing the emergence of pandemic viruses in the first place.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
An authoritative source of nutrition and healthy lifestyle information, the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, offers an array of new or newly-updated articles to help us through the pandemic and beyond. Along with a new article on How Viruses in Meat Affect Human Health, articles focus on the various ways to support immune health and psychological well-being while harboring in place, plus some practical items on stocking your pantry for a viral epidemic, and some easy immune-boosting soup recipes.
PCRM’s Foods To Boost the Immune System
Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) offers a summary on vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to boost the immune system, with recipes incorporating them that show the nutrition facts per serving.
Harvard Medical School: Coronavirus Resource Center
Another voice of authority brings together pertinent information on coronavirus, and referral links to an endless number of other intriguing topics.
Mass.gov’s COVID-19 Dashboard
If you like to see statistics in the form of bar and line graphs and pie charts, click on “COVID-19 dashboard” which is updated each day by 4 p.m.