Social distancing. Something most people are willing to do considering the current pandemic. Believing social distancing is a smart, even life saving move, very few have given thought to the fact that even though they are keeping their distance from other humans to minimize the risk of the virus, they are consuming foods that may be increasing their chances of contracting countless illnesses…including COVID.
In the newly released documentary, VEGAN 2020, directed by Klaus Mitchell, founder of Plant Based News, the film digs deep into the irony of people carefully social distancing, even turning away in fear from people they cross paths with in the grocery store, only to fill their basket with foods that put them at risk for diseases including the spread of viruses as deadly as COVID-19.
According to Health & Science, About 5 percent of U.S. adults these days — which would mean roughly 16.4 million people — consider themselves vegetarians, according to a Gallup poll conducted in July 2018. Another 3 percent say they already follow a vegan diet, up from 2 percent in 2012.
What this means is that the majority of people are consuming meat, poultry and fish, most of which are factory farmed. As much as 99% of meats and poultry are raised in factory farms.
Factory farmed animals, even the ones that are touted as “cage free” are bred and raised in cramped, often filthy, disease breeding environments.
According to statistics from the Sentience Institute, “We estimate that 99% of US farmed animals are living in factory farms at present. By species, we estimate that 70.4% of cows, 98.3% of pigs, 99.8% of turkeys, 98.2% of chickens raised for eggs, and over 99.9% of chickens raised for meat are living in factory farms.”
70% of antibiotics are administered to farm animals
When you consider that factory farmed animals are given antibiotics their entire lives, this equates to at least 70 percent of all antibiotics produced globally not being administer to sick humans, but rather they are given to farm animals in order to make them grow more quickly. As well, the antibiotics allow them to live through the conditions of industrial animal agriculture. The conditions, in most cases, are disease producing, filthy and incredibly inhumane.
Does it make sense that humans are social distancing, being led to believe this will lead to minimizing the spread of the virus when, in fact, they are consuming foods that are at the root of many diseases?
The fact is, bacteria is figuring out how to get around the antibiotics. The bacteria are becoming super-bugs.
When you get sick, antibiotics don’t work. According to former president of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, “The world is heading toward a post antibiotic era in which common infections will once again kill.”
VEGAN 2020 focuses on various detrimental outcomes of consuming meat, poultry and dairy. Whether it be the increase in diseases that are becoming epidemic outside of the pandemic, floods, fires and weather changes caused by climate change, or the cruelty to animals, now, more than ever, choosing to transition to a diet void of meat and diary is likely the single most important decision you can make.
Start 2021 with VEGAN 2020
Do yourself a favor, put an hour aside to watch VEGAN 2020. It will be a great use of time, raising your awareness about conscious living like very few things can.
Curious how to get started? Check out my FREE eBook, Beginner’s Guide to Plant Based Eating and the recommended resources to get you moving in the right direction.
Click here for a list of books and resources designed to help you become a conscious eater who will live a healthier, more vibrant, compassionate life.
Common Sense Practices
It’s important to use common sense during these very uncertain times. Social distancing is a great idea. Coupling this with healthy eating is the a great defense for your health.