The Weekly Round Up: June 11-17

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  I hope you had a good week.  Things are finally starting to get back to normal here at Earth|Unfiltered, after my shitty month of no internet, but unfortunately it’s anything but business as usual in the rest of the world- or at least anytime Trump and his government comes near any environmental issues.  This week we had lots of talk about the Paris Agreement, turkey vomit, and giant Australian turekys.  So without further ado, let’s dive in! Continue reading

Featured Contributor Jessica Weir: I’m An Environmentalist, And All About The Vegan Lifestyle

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Imagine meeting a sentient being, understanding their complex natures, learning of their soul and heart, and then – eating them. This may seem absurd, but this happens to millions of animals and livestock daily. The problem is that we no longer see these animals for who they are or what they are capable of, but as consumer goods, in the name of profit and taste.

I am an environmentalist, I am a vegetarian (making the transition to veganism), and I strongly believe that environmentalists and non-environmentalists alike, who have access to a vegan diet and lifestyle, should be vegan. As an environmentalist, we are constantly at battle with reducing climate change; so, finding out that livestock is responsible for 18% of all GHG emissions (a bigger share than transportation), made it difficult to say my “right” to eat animals was more important than the impact it is creating. Continue reading

Lab Grown Meat Won’t Change Anything

Photo by David Parry/Press Association

Photo by David Parry/Press Association

Alright, I’ve been trying not to talk about this for a while, but I finally can’t help it anymore.  For about 2-3 years now scientists have been trying to grow meat in the lab, with varying degrees of success, to ultimately push the food market away from factory farming, and towards a more sustainable and easier practice.  And while, yes it’s pretty cool and really interesting, there’s this dialogue that has been going along with it, cemented in a new video starting to make its rounds online now, that’s absolutely ludicrous- that future generations will look back on how we eat actual animals as barbaric.  The reason this is something I need to talk about, but have been trying to avoid, is because it’s absolute bullshit, but apparently it’s catching on. Continue reading