William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, and more than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have declared a climate emergency. They have presented graphics that show trends and listed actions that will counter those trends. These graphs showed many climate change indicators and factors over the last 40 years since scientists from 50 nations met at the First World Climate Conference in Geneva in 1979. Although they did mention encouraging signs such as decreases in birth rate, less forest loss in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, and increase in renewable energies, they still think that we need to act as soon as possible to slow down climate change. One of the lead scientist William J. Ripple stated,
“Despite 40 years of major global negotiations, we have continued to conduct business as usual and have failed to address this crisis. Climate change has arrived and is accelerating faster than many scientists expected.”
Yesterday, I watched the Game Changers again. One of the athletes they followed in the movie was the Tennessee Titans defense. At least 15 of the Titans players have been vegan all or most of the time. Derrick Morgan, a retired Tennessee Titans linebacker, has been vegan since 2017. Eventually, his wife Charity, a Le-Cordon Bleu-trained chef started cooking vegan meals. Eventually Charity went vegan herself. Then Derrick’s former teammates would follow and pretty soon almost all of the Titans defense went vegan. Although Derrick Morgan retired, a lot of the players that went vegan with him are still playing according to the roster. Earlier today, I just watched the Titans upset the Kansas City Chiefs. The defense blocked a kick by Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker to try to tie the game as Titans were leading 35 -32. The Titans’ victory over the Chiefs has shown that a vegan diet does improve athletic performance.
According to this study, the same Roman gladiators who fought each other and fought lions and tigers at the Colosseum and Roman amphitheaters ate a mostly vegetarian diet according to anthropological findings carried out on the bones of warriors found during an excavation in the ancient Roman city of Ephesos (now modern-day Turkey). The study was conducted by the Department of Forensic Medicine at the MedUni Vienna and the Department of Anthropology at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern. Bones were examined from a gladiator cemetery uncovered in 1993, which dates back to the 2nd and 3rd century BC in Ephesos. Ephesos was the capital of the Roman province Asia with a population of 200,000 people. The researchers used spectroscopy to study stable isotope ratios such as carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur. They also studied the ratio of strontium to calcium in the bones.
The world is changing. We are going forward and not going backwards. This is evident in that San Diego businesses are trying to adapt to meet the demands of plant-based meat. Plant-based meat is on the rise due to the impact of animal foods on the environment. As the world slowly learns the truth about animal agriculture and the effects of animal foods on your health, plant-based diets such as veganism will be on the rise. There will be more demand for Beyond burgers, Impossible Burgers, and veggie burgers.
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