Legislation on slaughtering animals is a depthy and of course depraved discourse. 

 

Between 2009 to 2014, lobby group Animal Aid filmed secrelty inside 10 abbertoirs in the UK, 9 of which were commiting horrific, law-breaking slaughter practices. Injustices that occur behind closed doors across include ineffective electrical stunning, and submergence in scalding tanks whilst conscious.

 

The video is deeply shocking, but true. 

processed meats

 

The World Health Organisation recently processed meat as a group 1 carcinogen - the same group as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco.

 

This includes anything that has been through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation. Examples of processed meat include bacon, hot dogs (frankfurters), ham, sausages, corned beef, and biltong or beef jerky as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauces.

 

 

 

 

 

Bacon

 

Mass produced bacon is cured by injections of salty water, which can also include chemicals such as potassium nitrate, sodium nitrate and ascorbic acid. Water is pumped into the rashers to increase the weight, which is why it shrinks significantly when cooked. Bacon is high in sodium sodium, which causes high blood pressure, and has high levels of processed saturated fat, that leads to clogged arteries and heart problems.

 

Both cured bacon (commercial preparation of salt and sodium nitrites), and uncured bacon (technically still with addded nitrates, but natural ones derived from celery) contain a lot of additional nitrates which are associated with increased risk of cancers. Broken down in the stomach, this becomes a carcinogen, unless it is injested with copious amounts of vitamin C. Which is why nitrates aren't a problem in vegetables - because they also contain a lot of vitamin C. 

 

 

Sausages

 

The suspiciously homogeneous contents of a mass produced sausage are made of leftover bits of meat – chicken, pork or beef, generally around the 30% meat mark. Then add plenty of water, rusk (sometimes up to 30%), sugar in the form of dextrose to make them go brown when cooked, flavourings and colourings to mask the absence of anything we would recognise as meat. Then add phosphates and soya to bind the water and fat together, and you have a sausage. 

 

Ham

 

Cheap ham slices are generally made from meat that has been mechanically recovered by blasting scraps from old carcuses with high-pressure water cannons. They are then moulded into dodgy squares and packaged again for human consumption.

 

MEAT

 

Meat is not good for our health. Its production contributes to global warming on an almost unfathomable scale. And growing grain to feed livestock exacerbates world hunger.

 

in the uk 

 

Over a billion animals were killed in UK slaughterhouses in 2013. With 4.5 billion fish and 2.6 billion shellfish, the figure tops 8 billion.

 

 

This included 9.8 million pigs, nearly 15 million sheep, 18 million turkeys, 14 million ducks, over 945 million chickens and 2.6 million cattle.

 

Which equates to around 22 million animals slaughtered every day; 919,000 an hour; 15,000 per minute and 255 every second.

 

 

The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage – deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution and climate change 

 

WorldWatch Institute Magazine, 2004 

With the lack of, and decreasing, compassion for animals due to the growing population and demand for meat - it is most sustainable for people and planet to avoid it altogether. Diet is no longer a private affair. Every pound impacts on welfare for people, animals or the environment near or far, depending on what you're eating. 

 

However, if you must consume it, the crystalising concensus is eat much less and much better quality. The problem with this is that the whole world can't afford this luxury, and so a vegetarian diet would be best for lessening the global inequality gap and food crisis. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

slaughter

 
 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Livestock

 

The spin off effects of raising livestock are almost unfathomable. From methane from cows, to deforestation for cattle farms, from the growing of huge amounts of grain for feed to manure on the fields .

 

51 % of global greenhouses gases are associated and attributable to keeping livestock

 

30 % of land is now used for keeping farm animals for meat to eat.

 

29 % of fresh water is used to keep livestock.

 

More antibiotics are used on farm animals than humans globally.

 

Human population increases by 1.2 % per year.

 

Comparatively, the increase in amount of livestock per year is a staggering 2.4 %. 

 

 

Phosphorous is essential for all living things to grow. It is essential for the creation of our DNA, cell membranes, and for bone and teeth formation in humans and growth in plants and crops. It is the 11th most abundant element on Earth, mined from most abundant stores primarily in Moroccoa, then China - but due to livestock farming it is being exploited at unfathomable rates.

 

Agriculture is by far the main consumer of mined phosphorus globally, accounting for between 80–90% of the total world demand (Childers et al, 2011). However, only about 20% of the phosphorus used in agriculture reaches the food we consume, with the rest lost in inefficient steps along the phosphorus cycle ending up in water systems causing widespread pollution in lakes, rivers and coastal areas, algal blooms, and dead zones in the oceans.

GRAIN: On average, 40% of global grain production is used in livestock feed, although in richer countries the proportion of grain used for animal feed is around 70%4

 

LAND:

  • Producing 1kg of beef requires 15 times as much land as producing 1kg of cereals, and 70 times as much land as 1kg of vegetables6.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Phosphorus

carbon emissions

water use

feed

deforestation

Phosphorous is essential for all living things to grow. It is essential for the creation of our DNA, cell membranes, and for bone and teeth formation in humans and growth in plants and crops. It is the 11th most abundant element on Earth, mined from most abundant stores primarily in Moroccoa, then China - but due to livestock farming it is being exploited at unfathomable rates.

 

Agriculture is by far the main consumer of mined phosphorus globally, accounting for between 80–90% of the total world demand (Childers et al, 2011). However, only about 20% of the phosphorus used in agriculture reaches the food we consume, with the rest lost in inefficient steps along the phosphorus cycle ending up in water systems causing widespread pollution in lakes, rivers and coastal areas, algal blooms, and dead zones in the oceans.

GRAIN: On average, 40% of global grain production is used in livestock feed, although in richer countries the proportion of grain used for animal feed is around 70%4

 

LAND:

  • Producing 1kg of beef requires 15 times as much land as producing 1kg of cereals, and 70 times as much land as 1kg of vegetables6.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Phosphorus

carbon emissions

water use

feed

deforestation

population

afsasdsa

land use

extinction

waste

If we decided to eat plants, rather than meat, we would relinquish 94% of the clearance of natural greenery like forests. 

 

Producing a health amount of edible protein from chickens requires 3times as much land as that rquird from the same amount of soybean.

 

Pork requires nine times the same space as soy.

 

And Beef? More like 32 times...

alternatively...

Agroecology n.

farming that “centers on food production that makes the best use of nature’s goods and services while not damaging these resources.” It applies ecology to the design of farming systems; uses a whole-systems approach to farming and food systems; and links ecology, culture, economics and society to create healthy environments, food production and communities.

 

I buy from Local Greens, a local coalition of three mothers who had enough of feeding their children foods steeped in pesticides, and so began to form networks with local farmers. They lovingly collect vegetables from within in a 20 mile vicinity of South London, and deliver them to the communities by electric car - which I pick up on Thursdays from my local container outside Hootenanny's in Brxiton. The joy is learning what the hell is in the of the nobbly, rooty reams of goodness and experimenting with delicious organic meals for the week.

The Food Assembley

 

The Food Assembley is nationwide! Groups of amazing people growing locally and selling at markets nearby. Use this search to join and find your local assembley. 

Soil Association organic search

 

Or, delivered to your door. This search can help you find your local organic box scheme. However, Local Greens isn't listed, so also think of Googling for more options.

 

You could support local economies in their ethical endeavours, depowering dastardly multinational coporations and picking non-poisonous produce. Your local organic box scheme will deliver innocuous, inoxious, altruisitc agroecology to your door or community. Safe fruits and vegetables reared and reaped by local people on home soil, in keeping with the natural cycles and devices of the planet. 

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