Ah, French cuisine!
Sounds tasty that dish of Peste des petits ruminants? Perhaps you’d like the set menu option that includes a beverage and complimentary USD 996.4 million voucher? Oh heck, let’s round the voucher up to a neat billion dollars and I’ll have your meal served up in a jiffy.
Oh, you never heard of Peste des petits ruminants?
Allow me to translate, s’il vous plaît.
This is a very special dish, found in some 70 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Just over a month ago they started serving it up for the first time in Mongolia. Yes, in September 2016. Funny you didn’t hear, non?
In English it is known as ‘sheep and goat plague’, a highly contagious viral animal disease that kills millions of livestock every year.
Peste? Sacre bleu!
Ignoring the suffering this causes to the stricken animals, primarily sheep, like Mary’s little lamb (those adorable creatures of children’s nursery rhyme fame), oui, ignoring the animals’ suffering as the media is wont to do, instead the focus is solely on the economical consequences faced by the peasantry in these developing regions, estimated to range from USD 1.4 to 2.1 billion annually.
That’s the good news. Finally a sensible and sustainable solution will be implemented!
Substituting the livestock with plant-based food and raw-materials alternatives (hemp is on the rise!) will allow for the diversion of massive amounts of money away from the biohazard animal agriculture business and allow the funds to be channelled towards human welfare, nutrition, education, and environmental protection initiatives. All this while reducing the pain and suffering heaped upon the livestock trapped in this horrid industry.
Already the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal health (OIE) has kicked off the the first phase of a USD 1 billion plan of what will be a 15-year effort to eradicate poverty in these regions by 2030.
The initiative will not only address human health issues such as the eradication of heart disease and diabetes, but also significantly reduce the risks of contracting cancer.
The savings from health care will then be rolled over to support education and general wellbeing.
Yeah, I know. That sounds too good to be true!
That is because the real FAO/OIE plan will see the billion dollars used to get rid of sheep and goat plague by raising awareness and subsidising vaccines for the livestock.
As you may have guessed, the animals that are vaccinated will be consumed by humans.
This in turn will ensure that humans enjoying their bowls of lamb, rack of lamb, mutton, kebabs, and so forth will also ‘enjoy’ a reduced risk of contracting the dreaded sheep and goat plague themselves, as the meat they gobble down will contain residual quantities of the vaccines pumped into the livestock.
Or will they?
What about the side effects on humans consuming meat laced with this sheep and goat plague vaccine?
Will the residual amounts of vaccine give people something like mad cow disease? Is there anything like Swine Flu derived from sheep and goats? What is the difference between sheep and goats? Is there any? Who knows?
So many questions! But so far there have been no adverse reports of such vaccine side-effects in Africa, the Middle East or Asia, so why worry?
Even if there are no side-effects from the vaccine, everyone consuming animal products can still look forward to the increased risks of contracting heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
So no matter what happens over the next 15 years, by 2030, many people all over the world will have a good excuse for splurging on chemotherapy, bypass surgery, insulin syringes, all that fun stuff.
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There’s a fantastic potato pancake that’s hidden somewhere.
Lamb two ways each very good.”
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