pollution harvesting

anonymous asked:

How bout the fact that veganism only furthers the abuse perpetrated against undocumented people?

All forms of agriculture in the US rely on undocumented workers, and capitalism and racism ensure the abuse of such vulnerable groups of people. Plant-based diets alone are not to blame for this. In fact, slaughterhouses are one of the most dangerous places to work in the US, especially for undocumented workers who cannot report their injuries without fear of deportation. Tyson, one of the largest poultry companies in the world, claims 1-2 amputations per month.

Tyson also kills 35 million chickens, 400,000 pigs, and 128,000 cows per week, so that amount death and killing has an extreme psychological toll on the people who work in these places. I’m not sure why folks choose to highlight veganism as the source of abuse towards undocumented workers, when the clear damage and violence caused by a meat-eating diet is so painfully devastating and horrific, to animals and humans alike.

Don’t believe me? Read Every Twelve Seconds: Industrial Slaughter and the Politics of Sight by someone who worked in a slaughterhouse. The name comes from the fact that a cow - a living, breathing, sentient animal - was killed every 12 seconds during his typical workday.

Vegan diets use less land, less crops (all of those animals you eat have to eat too), less water, and produce less pollution. Harvesting plants and crops can be done in a less harmful fashion, both to people and animals. Killing and dismembering animals can never be humane and harmless. Eating animal products will always be inherently abusive by its very nature. Eating plants is the less harmful route to take, and the abuse that does exist with undocumented workers stems from capitalism and racism. Not the act of harvesting plants themselves.

More sources about how harmful a non-vegan diet is to animals, people, and the planet

anonymous asked:

Hey there! I have a few friends who think that harvesting honey from bees hurts the bees or makes them upset, and therefore get mad at me when I ask for honey with tea or use it in my home. Do you have any facts I can show them to help change their mind so they stop BEE-ing so mean about this subject?

I could literally go on about this for hours. 

Taking. Honey. From. Bee. Does. Not. Harm. Bees. 

1. The only part of harvesting honey which might be bad for bees are the smokers. Even so, most beekeepers don’t use smokers, and if they do all it is usually just smoke from some branches or leaves that are lit on fire. This type of smoke does not harm them at all and ensures that the beekeepers can safely remove honey without the bees getting anxious. Beekeeping of large scales for making money off honey might use harmful chemicals in their smokers however by buying honey from local beekeepers you avoid supporting these types of practices. 

2. Most beehives make more honey than they need anyway so taking some from them has no effect on the bees whatsoever. Sometimes though, the beekeeper will over harvest and the bees will run out of food during the winter, in which case the beekeeper will usually provide more honey or another supplement for them to survive. 

There really isn’t a reason to avoid eating honey for fear of harming bees. People should be more wary of pesticides and pollution than of harvesting. 

Imagine with me for a moment Millennial Gospel Peter, toiling away on the icy New Jersey fishing piers with Andrew, shit-talking and gutting mackerel and trying to stay warm, and then Yeshua comes sauntering up like he belongs there, which he certainly does not. And broad-shouldered street-hardened working-man-Marxist Peter just looks sideways at this scrawny kid with lightning in his eyes, and didn’t they have some classes together in high school? Yeshua hasn’t said a word to Peter in years but he starts in about callings and discipleship, and Andrew is snickering behind his last cigarette while Peter tries to be civil but eventually he’s just like “of all people, why the hell me? What could I possibly do for you?” And Yeshua shrugs and says: “I know things. I know what’s in your heart. I know the good you’re going to do. But mostly I know you’re going to be my best friend in the world, eventually.”  And Yeshua follows them out into the boat and somehow coaxes a record yield out of waters barren from pollution and over-harvesting and the next thing Peter knows he’s down on his knees with tears stinging at his eyes, rasping about his sinfulness, how unworthy he is of whatever this is. And Yeshua steps through the flailing mackeral and snapping lobsters, cups Peters face in his calloused hands, smiles, and tells him he’s an idiot. And Peter starts to think that maybe, just maybe, this kid knows what he’s talking about.


Now where did I leave my white shark?

Tracking white sharks is complicated stuff. A decade ago our researchers discovered that local, central Californian great whites migrate to a “White Shark Café” in the middle of the open ocean—presumably attracted by artisanal fare or a Fin-der date.

Because the satellite tags used to track these movements don’t transmit any data until they pop off from the sharks many months later, our scientists sit patiently refreshing their inboxes until the data streams in.

Attending Sharktoberfest

In the fall and winter, white sharks return from their pelagic vacation and spend more time nearer the coast, in relatively shallow water. Up and down central Californian waters, an array of buoys equipped with underwater listening stations patiently awaits these prodigal fishes.

Acoustic tags affixed to the sharks’ backs continuously pulse an identifying sound code that’s imperceptible to marine life. If a buoy hears one of these tags—and because sound travels so well in water, they can pick up a shark over great distances—researchers know in real time where the sharks are!

White sharks unplugged — Live from the Aquarium

We’re often asked if there are white sharks in the Monterey Bay—and indeed there are, especially in the watery part! In fact, there’s a shark listening buoy right off the back deck of the Aquarium and nearby Hopkins Marine Station!

Oh buoy!

Data and graph ©Tagging of Pelagic Predators

Thanks everyone!

These data help us monitor our local sharks year after year, helping us spot trends in their behavior as we continue to investigate their role in the ecosystem. Thanks to your support of the Aquarium as members and donors, we’re building models of future population growth and the vulnerability of this species to harvests, pollution, climate change and other threats.

Here’s to many more white sharks leaving and returning to the coast for generations to come!


slave to unavoidable draw
drawn into blazing coral
violet copper of sunset’s bruise
polluted kaleidoscope skyscape
and harvest moon fat atop an eastern hill

mexican vanilla smells so sweet
and yet…

a truth burns in me
that makeup was invented to color the dead
but she blazes alive in red enchantment
and thus drawn - i am the moth
set aflame

would i reveal the pith of this existence
would i pluck the flower from a cactus
could i live with the reaping of spines
could i bleed to death from such a wound