Mirabile dictu: CBS Sunday Morning runs history-changing story on artificial meat
A Meat and Dairy Industries Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM Patrice Greanville, GreanvillePost.com
July 2019

Iím grateful the big wigs at CBS at least permitted this turning point to be publicised, but the presentation could have been a bit more generous, although the brevity could be expected considering the journalistic myopia permeating all corporate media. Itís now up to us to disseminate the news and encourage this nascent industry.

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Yes, they did. Which is almost miraculous. But they allocated only a stingy 6.5 minutes to what is possibly one of the most important news stories in generations, if not human history. Almost every other story soaked up more time. After all, this may be (we hope) the end of animal agriculture as we know it, which has been at it for well over 10,000 years, having grown lethally and exponentially with the arrival of CAFOS (factory farms) in the 20th century, spearheaded by assembly line techniques borrowed from Americaís first wave of industrialisation.

Animal agriculture in the US and woldwide now contributes as much if not more greenhouse gasesóespecially methaneó than all hydrocarbon-fueled vehicles on earth. Itís a dagger pointed at our survival, not to mention what meat does to the human body. The national cost of self-inflicted morbidities in the US due to overconsumption of meats (and over-eating in general) is staggering, in the trillions of dollars, and most of it is plainly avoidable.

Now, to make matters more interesting, as if we didnít have enough acute crises on the plate, under free market crazies like Brazilís Jair Bolsonaro, thereís increasing talk of razing much of the Matto Grosso to develop huge ranches and more facilities for industrial livestock farming in what is not only an extremely fragile ecosystem, but also one vital to the survival of all oxygen breathing speciesóyea, oxygen obligates, like us.

Much of this ďgreatĒ idea is being pushed, as usual, by short term agrocapitalists drooling at the prospect of fortunes to be made in exports of beef to China. At present, China is the top destination for Brazilian beef, accounting for a third of all exports. This clearly cannot go on. Brazilís rainforests are properly called the lungs of the planet. So, for simple eco-moral reasonsóeven if you donít give a damn about the suffering of billions of animals or the devastation of our already outrageousy abused planetó we should celebrate this quiet revolution.

In sum, Iím grateful the big wigs at CBS at least permitted this turning point to be publicised, but the presentation could have been a bit more generous, although the brevity could be expected considering the journalistic myopia permeating all corporate media. Itís now up to us to disseminate the news and encourage this nascent industry.



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