F#!k Monsanto: Go Vegan, Go Organic
By lucas@endneoliberalism On 31 Aug, 2017 At 11:26 AM | Categorized As Neoliberal Alert | With 0 Comments

Go Vegan Organic - Going Vegan I didn’t go vegan because I’m an animal lover. I love nature and wild life, but I’m not so keen about pets. Animal cruelty is not even on my radar when I see a veal sandwich or a medium rare steak. I’ll admit that I don’t flinch an eye when I see those videos of animals with their throats cut on the meatpacking line. If it’s me against a chicken on a deserted island, the chicken will lose. I see cows, pigs, and chickens as food and understandably so because I grew up like most people. However, the way the meat industry operates today is killing the world and the way we treat farm animals has a direct impact on our lives.

It was not easy for an Argentinean to go vegan when barbecue is at the center of every family event. Then again, Neoliberalism destroyed my country when I was a kid in 2001 and I had to move thousands of miles away from everyone I love. Today, Argentina is the third largest producer of Monsanto’s GMO soybeans. More than 80% of deforestation that takes place in the world is caused by the meat industry. My neighbors in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia have also been largely deforested to grow poisoned crops. Going vegan is my personal revolution because Monsanto, which got it start producing bombs for the Vietnam War, displaced me from my home and poisoned my land.

I would be insulting other vegans if I said I’m fully vegan when about 95% of my diet is now vegan. I went vegan for one year and then it was very difficult when I went back home, so I ate meat with my family and now I’m about 95% of my diet is vegan (or plant-based) here in Toronto. I can’t call myself fully vegan because other vegans get angry and say I misrepresent them, but I’m happy to eat 95% of my diet vegan because the food is delicious and it is a big change when I used to eat meat every meal of every single day.  I still eat cheese about 4 or 5 times a month when I’m in a rush and vegetarian pizza is the best option, and I eat meat on my holidays when I visit my family to share a meal with them.  If everyone could go from eating animal products every day to at least 50% vegan meals, there will be a huge shift in the marketplace, which is crucial for reverting the environmental and social damage that we are experiencing today.

How Can Your Food Choices Help End Neoliberalism?

As shown in Neoliberalism on Trial, How Dictators and IMF Programs Created an Inefficient Global Monopoly, the meat industry is one of the most centralized sectors in the world. For example, only 4 companies control approximately 90% of the beef market in the United States today, up from 28% in the 1980′s. Similar proportions exist everywhere else in Canada and Europe. Furthermore, the meat industry is vertically integrated with the corporate cartel in the grain processing and seed sector, where 6 companies control about 90% of the global market and they are also highly integrated with the pesticide sector, including Monsanto.

The centralization of the food industry started in the early 90’s, as it was also the case in many other industrial sectors, including media, automotive, electronics, energy, and basically everything that is essential for our daily lives. Bankrupt countries forced to pay odious debts liberalized their economies and exported their resources for very cheap through IMF structural adjustment programs. Local businesses were acquired for pennies on the dollar by multinational corporations. This level global centralization is the main reason for the levels of environmental destruction and the widening income gap that exist today in the world.

As it is common in any communist-led economy, a market monopoly or cartel in the food industry is detrimental for the consumer. Today, more than 400,000 Americans die every year from obesity related diseases. In a world run by fear and terror, there hasn’t been any attempt to regulate the food cartel and not one platoon of soldiers has been deployed to deter this silent killer. That is because the corporate cartel in the food sector has a serious impact on our democracies through rampant lobbying, campaign financing, and revolving doors, as shown in Tax and Regulate the One Percent, so every dollar that Monsanto and Cargill earn is money that goes to buy the politicians who are supposed to make and enforce laws for the well being and evolution of all.

Go Organic. Go Vegan.

Organic is healthier and tastier. Period. End of discussion. It is true that organic is more expensive on a product by product comparison, but being vegan-organic allows you to stay on the same budget as before. $8 yogurt packs, that $10 rectangular block that looks like cheese, and meats rack up your bill.

I did the test and went to affordable supermarkets such as No Frills, FreshCo, and Food Basics many times to see what the person in front of me was buying and compare to what I buy in what other people say is an overpriced hipster organic store. I found people spending more than $80 for 7 or 8 things that merely consisted of condiments, cheap pork chops, cheese, and a few fructose-uraninum filled snacks. There is no way a person can eat for a week with that basket, nevertheless a family of 4. When I spend $80 with vegan-organic food, me and my partner eat for almost a week. Do the test yourself and compare a block of organic tofu ($3), tempeh ($3.5), or a can of organic beans ($2.5) to the cheapest meat available. Then you will be able to afford more organic veggies.

Everyone probably cannot go fully organic because a lot of people struggle economically, but if most of the middle class goes vegan-organic, even if they can do it 50% of the time, then the economy would transform in a remarkable way. There will better paid jobs in food production and food retail because fruits and vegetables is a sector that still remains largely decentralized and local.

 

 

 

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