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WORLD HEALTH

It's Time to have a serious discussion about world health.

In light of recent events, we've become quite familiar with how quickly the world can change (or take a turn) even within a matter of days. with over 7.5 billion earthlings trying to survive in a fast paced society, the world is spinning so much faster than it ever has before. We've all had those busy days where we have so much to do that it seems we never got a moment's break - and then we fall into our beds exhausted. Mother nature herself is weakened and needs her rest to heal as well.

Things need to change and change soon. However intense the current Coronavirus pandemic has become on the earth, it's made one thing clear: even the smallest of slowdowns has made an impact on the health of the world.

Industrialised Farming and Agriculture

Only a few centuries ago, up to 75% of the world was in agriculture Now, thanks to the industrial revolution and the ever-increasing exportation of goods. A third of the people who work in the industry having an impact environment, which is out of control. With the massive consumption of meat in the world, the environmental impact seems to be forgotten by many. Here are a few startling facts:

92% of the world's freshwater and 1/3 of the world's grain consumption is through livestock and farming; The quality of pollution being added to our water supply because of the industrialisation of agriculture is startling. According to studies done by The Guardian, our freshwater supply is full of pollutants. This includes "nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilisers and animal excreta). Pesticides; sediment; organic matter (oxygen demanding substances such as plant matter and livestock. Excreta); pathogens (E Coli etc.); metals (selenium etc.) and emerging pollutants (drug residues, hormones and feed additives)."

24% of the world's greenhouse gases are emitted due to livestock and farming; The top three of the world's meat production companies, Cargill, JBS, and Tyson, emit more gas in a year than the entire country of France.

A very meer percentage of the world's farming is organic. However, significant strides are being made to lower the environmental effect of farming without enforcing everyone to become vegan. "There are other agricultural models,such as biodynamic farming and permaculture. More recently some innovators have been fusing technology with environmental principles, in the form of agroforestry [and] silvopasture."

Business and Industry

You don't need to read this article to know that industrialisation of business has made an enormous impact on the world, the climate, the environment, and our families. From ships, trains, planes, and semi-trucks, there is the constant motion of products. These products are made of plastics and other materials that take hundreds or thousands of years to biodegrade - and only minutes to consume. We're all aware that our world is slowly slipping away, yet it's difficult for us to change our way of life, especially when huge companies are shoving the convenience of destruction into our homes

Here are some more startling facts:

  • Our recycling methods need a lot of work. Up until 2017, the US and Canada sent millions of pounds of "recycled" plastics to China each year to be repurposed into new products. Unfortunately,much of it was actually burned or buried instead.
  • "Today, the plastics industry, estimated to be worth more than $4 trillion, generates more than 300 million tons of plastic a year according to the most recent records - nearly half of which is for single-use items, meaning that it will almost instantly become trash."

It's crazy to know that for centuries we've taken the world's resources with the expectation that everything will be okay in the end. Consequences have appeared, but thankfully, some of us are beginning to make the necessary changes to start reversing the environmental damage we've caused. Whether we're doing it fast enough, we will eventually find out.

How much would it cost? According to Conservation.org " $140 billion per year. This is what it would take to make the changes humanity needs to adapt to a warming world. It may sound like a lot, but it's less than 0.1% of global GDP."

It also doesn't help that organisations and lobbyist groups are trying desperately to reverse the strides we have made in reducing our environmental impact. An example of such is the American Progressive BAG Alliance, who backed the passing of a Tennessee bill that would ban the ability to charge a fee for plastic bags, etc.

Funnily enough, this was done in conjunction to support a program to teach children how to recycle.

What part are you taking? To keep the discussion going,reach out to a member of our team or leave your thoughts in the comments.

 

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