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About this blog: I developed a special interest in helping seniors with their challenges and transitions when my dad had a stroke and I helped him through all the various stages of downsizing, packing, moving and finding an assisted living communi... (More)
About this blog: I developed a special interest in helping seniors with their challenges and transitions when my dad had a stroke and I helped him through all the various stages of downsizing, packing, moving and finding an assisted living community. I live in Palo Alto with my wife and we have three grown children, one still in college. I have been in the Bay Area since 1977 (except for seven years in Newton MA — just missed all that snow too much.) I've worked in sales and marketing in retirement communities for seven years, and have hired and managed home care workers for family members, and have a pretty good idea of how aging in place, or shopping for and selecting the right retirement community works. I now run my own business, Palo Alto Senior Living, providing real estate and senior transition services. This blog is designed to share my experiences, insight and knowledge with seniors and their baby boomer kids and provide useful information to help develop a roadmap for smooth transitions or aging in place. I welcome readers to share their experiences, both good and not-so-good, in the hope that we all can benefit from each other. (Hide)
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That headline is from a NYTimes article published today May 5, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/business/coronavirus-meat-shortages.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage
This heralds probably the single most important health benefit to the lives of millions of Americans to come out of the Coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps reduction in use of fosil fuels and air pollution rivals it, but we'll see which one has the potential to outlast the pandemic.
Reducing meat consumption not only directly improves the lives of meat eaters, but also indirectly in the effect it has on climate change. As is commonly known, raising animals through factory farming has a huge environmental impact largely hidden from public view. I won't go into those details here. They wouldn't mean anything anyway to anyone who flat out denies there's any problems with the meat industry.
This would be a great time to reposition fast food and meat slaughtering and processing plant workers into work that has a positive effect on people's health and doesn't involve raising animals solely for slaughter and consumption. Maybe something in that HUGE pie-in-the-sky infrastructure project that Washington is often touting.
If nothing else, Wendy's might try switching all their meat offerings over to Impossible Burgers. You can make anything taste like anything, thanks to the wonderful world of chemicals.