Will Bugs Replace Beef?
Cattle and other livestock create tons of damaging greenhouse gases. There may be one environmentally friendly solution: eating bugs. But will anyone go for it?
Even when you consider how many insects you would need to equal the meat of a single pig or cow, the difference is enormous. For instance, a pig produces anywhere between ten and a hundred times as much greenhouse gases per kilogram as mealworms would. Ammonia emissions also seem to drop dramatically. Pigs create about ten times as much ammonia per kilogram as crickets do, and perhaps fifty times as much as locusts. Considering ammonia can wreak havoc on the acidity of groundwater, a big reduction like that could have tremendous benefits for the land as a whole.
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A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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