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Our material addiction

Science seems to have flushed into awareness with recent letters about ticks and red meat, science and belief, science and the exclusion of ‘what is not’, a science teacher concerned about weed fires, and Eve as the first practical scientist.

Science has found humans can live healthily without animal products. In 2009 the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada found ‘appropriately planned vegetarian diets – including … vegan … – are healthful, nutritionally adequate and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases’.

Scientist, Albert Einstein, believed imagination was more important than knowledge. Humans could imagine what would happen to domestic and wild animals if humans only ate a plant-based diet. How would that effect biodiversity conservation and Mammalian Meat Allergy?

Humans could also imagine putting in place a gardening culture from Mullumbimby to Byron in answer to Jeremy Rivkin saying in Entrophy: Into the Greenhouse World ‘The truth is that [industrialised farming] is the most inefficient form of farming ever devised by humankind’. That would supply food sustainability, iron-rich broccoli, as well as prevent weed fires.

Eve’s practical approach is held up by material addiction and accompanying procrastination. Perhaps science could enquire into that.

Geoff Dawe, Uki


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