We don’t really have any relationship with death in the developed world. We don’t kill or process our food, be it plant or animal. We pack our elderly away in retirement communities. Many of us try to keep up the illusion that we are teenagers well into our middle ages. The reality is that we don’t value growing older for many reasons, but a big part of that is because we are terrified of the end of our lives.
The recent push for a plant-based diet has been touted as both environmental and health friendly. Is this really the case though? Our industrial food system is a massive concern for not just us, but all organisms on the planet.