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Thrust of argument: Chomsky explains: 'Well [with] military threats, you can see them actually, you can imagine it. People don't think about it enough. But if you think about it for a minute, you can see that a nuclear attack could be the end of everything. These other threats are kind of slow, maybe we won't see them next year. Maybe the science is uncertain, maybe we don't have to worry about it. Climate change is the worst, but there's others.

Take pandemics. There could easily be a severe pandemic. A lot of that comes from something we don't pay much attention to: Eating meat. The meat production industry, the industrial production of meat, uses an immense amount of antibiotics. I don't remember the exact figure, it's probably like half the antibiotics. Well antibiotics have an effect: They lead to mutations that make them ineffective. We're now running out of antibiotics that deal with the threat of rapidly mutating bacteria. A lot of that just comes from the meat production industry. Well, do we worry about it? Well, we ought to be. You go into a hospital now, it's dangerous. We can get diseases that can't be dealt with, that are moving around the hospital. A lot of that traces back to industrial meat production. These are really serious threats, all over the place.

Take something you really don't think about: Plastics in the ocean. I mean plastics in the ocean have an enormous ecological effect. When geologists announced the beginning of a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, humans destroying the environment, one of the main things they pointed to is the use of plastics in the earth. We don't think about it, but it has a tremendous effect. But these are things you don't see right in front of your eyes. You need to think about them a little, to see what the consequences are. It's easy to put them aside, and the media don't talk about them. Other things are more important. How am I going to put food on the table tomorrow? That's what I've got to worry about, and so on. It's very serious, but it's hard to bring out the enormity of these issues, when they do not have the dramatic character of something you can show in the movies, with a nuclear weapon falling and everything disappears.'
Direction of resistance / implied resistance: So the fact that much meat is a cause of cancer is not, alone, the totality of the threat of bad results from meat eating on the world.


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Removal of resistance: Indeed many health issues are obviously linked to meat eating anyway. But I think the threat of a pandemic due to the sickness of meat production worldwide - that's probably the bit of the iceberg which will hurt most when we hit it. Unification: Read the full interview in which Chomsky says all that via the link in the references below. It's very long so you can, during that time, avoid some amount of selling your soul to some corporate overlord or whatever! It's a good way to take a break from the universe of ass-holes - ie read something written by truthful intelligent humans and which is of real value to the species and part of our rich tapestry of knowledge.
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