30 March 2012

Word of Wisdom: Animals, Meat and Poop

Omnivorism according to Brigham Young is only a Telestial principle that will be completely and totally annihilated with the ushering in of Jesus's Millennial Reign. The closer we get to God (i.e. the physical movement of the earth to its abode in its Terrestrial sphere) the more superior and grander the laws are. No longer will mankind live in the paradox of being subjected to kill to stay alive, for "the soil of the earth will bring forth in its strength, and the fruits thereof will be meat for man." (DBY, 115–16) In the case of animals, how can the "lion and the lamb," dwell together if there is instinctive enmity between Lion, Lamb, Animal and Man, Prey and Predator? It seems to be the case in Mormonism that the express teachings, preachings and exhortings to abstain from meat is unlawful to God's Telestial law at this time. "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;...commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer." (1 Tim 1-5)  But at what point does eating meat become a problem to health? Eating meat has never been a problem until, "...Americans decided [that] we wanted to eat more meat than any other culture in history and [to] pay historically little for it.”[1] Regardless whether or not it is wrong to eat meat the American people are demanding so much of it that it is in some areas literally a health hazard.  The process of meat factories and their corporations are trying to keep up with the high demand and by doing so is wrecking havoc on our planets ecosystem.
Because of the high demand of meat, corporations that produce the meat have become exceedingly productive, wealthy and destructive. We are talking about a, “$140 billion-plus a year industry that occupies nearly a third of the land on the planet, shapes ocean ecosystems, and may well determine the earth’s climate.”[2] The University of Chicago did a research which showed that factory produced farmed animals, “contribute more to climate change than transport.”[3] The United Nations researched and found that, “raising animals for food… is one of the top two or three contributors to the most serious environmental problems.” One of the largest contributors to these environmental problems is due to the excessive and overabundance of what American writer and publisher Johnathan Foer calls, “Pieces of Sh**.”[4]
"Everybody Looks at Their Poop."
With all the animals that are needed to produce the mass amounts of meat, you will find mass amounts of animal poop. Among this animal poop, are large quantities of, “whatever will fit through the slatted floors of the factory farm buildings…these include stillborn piglets, afterbirths, dead piglets, vomit, blood, urine… hair, pus and even body parts.”[5] We are talking about so much animal poop that the companies literally built man-made crap lakes, “as deep as 30 feet,”[6] and as large as, “120,000 square feet – as much surface area as the largest casinos in Las Vegas.”[7] It is even more devastating when you factor in that, “each hog produces two to four times as much waste as a person.”[8] Foer wants us to imagine this humorously on a larger scale. Imagine if every man, woman and child in every city and town in all of California and all of Texas crapped and pissed in a huge open-air pit for a day. Now imagine that they… do this… all year round in perpetuity.” Not only is this a large amount of crap but it is what’s in the crap that is so horrible. A Rolling Stone article researched and discovered that the crap found in these factories and crap lakes have devastating chemicals that are affecting those who live in these areas. They found, “ammonia, methane, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, cyanide, phosphorus, nitrates… heavy metals… salmonella, cryptosporidium, streptococci and girardia,”[9] all causing nearby communities, “sore throats, head-aches, coughing, runny noses, diarrhea…depression, anger and fatigue.[10]

[1] page 455
[2] page 453
[3] page 453
[4] page 454
[5] page 454-455
[6] page 456
[7] page 456
[8] page 455
[9] page 455
[10] page 457


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