This week's material was enjoyable and I was shocked to learn about how most of the waste is generated through food waste and the amount of water needed to grow meats.
Value: Personally, I really value the life of animals for religious reasons and am a vegetarian so I don’t consume meat. I feel reasonably healthy but have to take iron pills and drink boost. I am able to substitute animal products with tofu in most meals and other substitutes. I also value the environment and I think agriculture needs to change because of how much water and land are used to grow animals and the lack of sustainability. One of the videos talked about how 1lb of beef needs over 500 gallons and how 1 billion people in the world don't have food but in those countries, grains and foods are grown to feed the animals that the wealthy eat.
My vision is that in the future plant-based meats are made more economically viable and people adopt it as I learned that they use 99% less water than regular beef and more people become vegetarian or vegan or at least try to limit the amount of meat in their diet. I also hope that people are taught how to cook alternatives to meat in school and how to acquire proper nutrition and about farming to be educated in supporting sustainable farmers. Also, I envision that the subsidies given to farmers are partially changed to incentivize environmentally friendly practices, regenerative agriculture and lower use of chemical pesticides and replace them with biological fertilizers and pesticides.
The action I used to run a small social media meal sharing vegetarian meals that actually taste good to inspire people to lower their meat consumption. I also hope and will support government officials who want to make positive sustainability changes to the laws.