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Plant-based meats bloom as coronavirus spoils meat industry

Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods find a greater foothold in the market as demand for plant-based meats rises.

  • Crowded conditions and a lack of safety protocols at meat processing facilities have created transmission hot spots for coronavirus.
  • The plant-based meat industry has grown during the pandemic, with stocks growing and new partnerships formed.
  • America's meat obsession won't change soon, but some experts forecast the start of a titanic shift.
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    Why are conspiracy theories rampant in the 'wellness' industry? Welcome to conspirituality

    Some purveyors of "wellness" sure are sounding like right-wing conspiracy theorists.

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    • The term conspirituality was coined in 2011 to represent a growing disillusionment that leads to belief in conspiracy theories.
    • This particular affliction affects spiritually-minded people suspicious of anything deemed institutional.
    • Conspiritual thinking is the juncture where far-left "wellness" purveyors meet right-wing conspiracy theorists.
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    How the last two centuries led to today’s economy

    The best and worst of yesterday has created the economy of today.

    • Adam Davidson, co-founder of NPR's Planet Money, can trace a line through time from homemade clothing and baked goods to today's passion economy. Davidson argues that a combination of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are how we got to where we are.
    • We shifted from an intimate and localized economy of goods and services, to an economy of scale, and finally to what Davidson refers to as "intimacy at scale."
    • There are, of course, positive attributes to this hybrid economic system, but it also comes with some of the flaws of its predecessors.

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    Why factory farms are a "perfect storm" for disease pandemics

    We've known this virus was coming. We just didn't do anything about it.

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    • As far back as 2007, researchers warned about a novel coronavirus emerging from SARS.
    • Long before that, experts knew that factory farms create the conditions for pandemics.
    • Pandemics will be part of our lives as long as we continue our current methods of meat production.
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    Toilet paper is a giant waste of resources

    Americans consume the most toilet paper in the world but it's a very wasteful product to manufacture, according to the numbers.

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    • Toilet paper consumption is unsustainable and requires a tremendous amount of resources to produce.
    • Americans use the most toilet paper in the world and have been hoarding it due to coronavirus.
    • Alternatives to toilet paper are gaining more popularity with the public.
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