Video: 5 Benefits of These 5 Teas

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

This is the video version of my article, 5 Benefits of These 5 Teas

Ten minutes of tea talk.

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One More Light: Loss, Grief, and Love for Life

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

This one will be rough.

Today, we’re looking at the song One More Light by Linkin Park. You probably know this band for the nu-metal style of music they became famous for – heavy guitars with rapping, scream-singing, keyboards, and turntables – or the tragedy that befell them in 2017.

Despite the criticism the One More Light album received for containing less hard rock and more pop-centric songs, Linkin Park’s music has always crossed genres. Take for example this song they wrote for their first album.

Hybrid Theory, the name of their first album, is what the band called themselves before they settled on Linkin Park. It’s a reference to merging different music genres to create a “hybrid”. The band has never stuck with any one style of music, although their first two albums Hybrid Theory (2000) and Meteora (2003) were similar in style and sound.

New Sounds

With their next album Minutes to Midnight, released in 2008, they decided to change things up in a bigger and much more noticeable way. In this album, they experimented with a less restrained form of hard rock as well as an acoustic and driving softrock sound in place of the heavy distorted guitar. Their lyrics also included social commentary. Although the album was a lot different from their first two, this experimentation is in line with how they’d always intended to make music.

Their effort to make genre-bending music continued up to their latest album, One More Light, released in 2017. After Minutes to Midnight, the band released A Thousand Suns in 2010 (a concept album that in my opinion is their best), Living Things in 2012 (an album that, in sound and style, was like a sequel to the previous), The Hunting Party in 2014 (a heavy album in which they exchanged soft rock and techno for a harder sound with driving guitar and a lot more screaming), and their most recent album, the title track from which we’ll discuss here: One More Light.

One More Light is much different in style from the previous album; The Hunting Party features hard rock whereas One More Light is more of a pop album. It’s worth a listen regardless of your musical preference, as the songs are very well done and the band uses them to address many meaningful, personal issues.

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The title track to One More Light is a mournful song reflecting on what a person feels when dealing with the loss of someone close to them. It addresses how the living wish they could’ve helped the deceased, how grief hits you in small yet devastating ways at unexpected times, and how every life is valuable no matter how insignificant it may seem.

The term “all lives matter” doesn’t do justice to what the guys in Linkin Park express in this song. My interpretation of it is that by highlighting how important every life is, they are mourning the dead while celebrating the living. The music is soft with an appropriately gloomy sound that expresses the band’s grief and contemplation on death and life.

The subject matter is obviously sad, and it was inspired by the group’s experiences with losing people close to them.

Before we discuss the lyrics, check out the song.

(Note: Due to copyright issues, you have to go to YouTube to watch the videos in this article.)

Lyric Discussion

Now, we’ll discuss this song’s lyrics and overall message. The lyrics are in the video above, but you can also find them here.

The first half of this song’s first verse seems to reference the feelings one might have after a friend or relative takes their life. The second half suggests a sense of closeness with someone who’s passed away, with the end being a sad, contemplative reminder that human life is temporary (“there are things that we can have, but can’t keep”). Some people won’t always be in our life, and while their loss will hurt, it’s one of many reasons we should value the time we have with them.

The song continues into the chorus, with lyrics that express reverence for life and sadness at death. The point of the chorus (and the song itself) seems to be that all life is valuable. On a planet teeming with living entities, we should forget nobody and leave nobody behind. We should care about every living thing no matter how seemingly insignificant it is. A life might be insignificant to you, but it means everything to the one living it.

The second verse will hit close to home for anyone who’s been through a tremendous loss. It touches on the fact that when dealing with loss, grief is continuous. It comes in many forms at many different times and strikes when you’re the most vulnerable. Mike Shinoda – who raps, composes, plays guitar, keyboards, and does vocals for Linkin Park –  would later touch on this in his solo music.

Simple reminders can be torturous, and as the lyrics state, you have every reason to be upset.

My interpretation of the last line (“just ‘cuz you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there”) is that grief and depression can be present regardless of how happy a person seems; especially when dealing with loss. You never know what someone is going through. We all wear a mask, and the happiest faces often hide the greatest pain.

Chester Bennington’s Death

Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park. Credit: Berkely B-Side

The world learned this when Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, died by suicide on July 20, 2017. This was just two months after the band released the One More Light album. Despite the sad tone that pervades so much of Linkin Park’s music, close friends and family say Chester was upbeat and hard-working. But in his personal life, he fought a harsh battle with addiction and depression.

Four days after Chester passed, his bandmates released a statement via social media:

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda [Chester’s wife] and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,

LP

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Chester Bennington’s struggles inspired the lyrics in many of the band’s songs. The song Crawling, for example, deals with addiction and an inability to escape. The One More Light album was different; not in the sense that it didn’t express sadness, but that it expressed the desire to see the light when you could instead give in and let the darkness take you. This is a message the band had been building over time with each album, with the songs Iridescent and The Messenger being testaments to this.

The theme that runs through most of the songs on One More Light is that in the darkest of times, there is hope and the possibility of redemption.

Chris Cornell’s Death Two Months Prior

Tragically, just as the One More Light album was set to debut in May 2017, a huge loss rocked the music community. On May 18, 2017, legendary rocker Chris Cornell died by suicide. Most of us wouldn’t know it until Chester passed two months later, but he and Chris were close friends, having toured and played shows together. Chester was even the godfather of one of Cornell’s children.

Chester Bennington (right) on stage with Chris Cornell (left). Both singers, who were close friends, died by suicide within a couple months of each other. Credit: Alternative Nation

After hearing about Chris Cornell’s death, Linkin Park dedicated the first song of a televised live set to him, playing One More Light instead of Heavy as was planned. Mike Shinoda later noted that when rehearsing and playing the song live that day, Chester struggled to get through it. You can watch the emotional performance on YouTube:

Chester passed away on July 20th, the day that would’ve been Chris Cornell’s birthday.

Aftermath

In the aftermath of Chester’s passing, his bandmates noticed that fans were using the song One More Light, which they’d written to show solidarity with those experiencing loss, to pay tribute and comfort them in their time of mourning. As a result, a couple months after Chester’s death, Linkin Park released a music video for One More Light dedicated to him.

Teaming up with other well-known bands and artists, Linkin Park put on a show at the Hollywood Bowl for their fallen bandmate in October 2017. The concert was called “Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington”.

During the show, Mike Shinoda debuted a song he wrote for his bandmate. Looking For An Answer, which deserves an article of its own, centers on similar themes as One More Light. But this song is specifically about Chester.

Additionally, Mike Shinoda released three songs of his own in January 2018. In these songs, known together as the Post-Traumatic E.P., Mike touches on the anger, sadness, confusion, and loss he’s felt since his friend’s death, as well as the hurdles he had to overcome putting together the tribute concert while dealing with grief that hits you out of nowhere (as One More Light explored). He also expresses the feeling of not knowing what to do and the fear that his work could be over.

Check out the videos for the three songs on YouTube.

Concluding Thoughts

I was one of the many Linkin Park fans hit hard by Chester’s death. Sadly, I had not heard any songs on One More Light (except Heavy) until after I’d heard the news. When I did listen to the album, I found a collection of songs that, while not rock, contained the same energy and passion but with a twist: the band was touching on more personal issues than before.

Linkin Park songs have always been known for lyrics that exemplify a struggle for happiness that often feels hopeless. But with the One More Light album, the band explored new territory by addressing specific personal struggles in the fight to see the light. As they put it, for this album, they “let the lyrics come first” and built the music around the central message the lyrics contained.

It’s tragic that Chester Bennington left us so soon, and especially so soon after the band released this album, because it’s one of his greatest accomplishments.

We miss you, Chester. Rest in Power.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please don’t hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

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5 Benefits of These 5 Teas

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 277th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

Income from the guide helps me get by and ensures I can continue to offer free content, and every subscription is appreciated. The option to subscribe is given at the bottom of this post (learn about subscribing with cash/check here).

Often recommended as an alternative to coffee, tea is not only delicious, but healthy. Although you’ll find similar benefits in most teas, some of them have their own unique effect on the body.

The teas we’ll learn about here can help with everything from bone health to cancer prevention. If you don’t think this beverage can help the body in such important ways, you have a lot to learn. I did too, but after researching this article, I realized tea is somewhat of a miracle drink.

The following are 5 health benefits of 5 different types of tea. We’ll start with green tea, one of the most well-known variations. Continue reading

Sea Turtles Stunned by Cold Weather Rescued in Florida

 

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By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

You might have heard that this winter, temperatures in Florida have been so low that iguanas have fallen out of trees, seemingly frozen. But did you know the cold weather has affected other animals in the state?

The low temperatures have particularly hurt sea turtles, “freezing” them to the point that they can’t swim or move. Fortunately, rescuers have saved, treated, and released roughly 1,000 affected turtles, helping them in a time when the cold would’ve killed them. Continue reading

Why You Should Care About the Meat Industry – Part 3/3

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 264th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

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Concluded from Part 2

Small U.S. slaughterhouses in business for grass-fed ranchers have had to close due to being “pushed out by larger processors”, Dr. Mercola writes. This is all because of USDA regulations that severely restrict the production of American grass-fed beef despite the clear demand for it. (2)

Why not make it easier for small farmers to produce grass-fed beef and ensure the process is humane? It seems like common sense, but apparently, the USDA disagrees.

And finally, the elephant in the room:

The Industry Subjects Animals to Horrible Conditions

Ed’s story might have been a little hard to swallow, but this section will disturb anyone with the slightest bit of empathy.

The following section details the injustice and abuse the animals who become our food are subjected to. If you don’t think you can stomach it, feel free to read on. I have, however, left out many of the most disturbing facts so I could retain some semblance of the lightheartedness this guide is usually known for.

With that said, let’s get into it.

The ASPCA reports that over 99% of U.S. farm animals are raised in factory farms. (7)

The industry, they report, makes animals suffer by subjecting them to (among other things):

  • Physical alternations like teeth clipping without anesthetic (7)
  • Confinement indoors with “poor air quality and unnatural light patterns” (7)
  • The general inability to do things normal animals do (7)
  • Breeding, either for “fast growth” or higher yields, which risks the animals’ safety (7)
  • Carelessness and neglect toward animals that are suffering, which is an apparent result of the “higher ratio of animals to workers” (7)
  • Improper use of antibiotics to make up for unclean and unsafe conditions (7)
  • Roughness and abuse from workers (7)

We’ll focus on what one animal, the chicken, typically goes through. We won’t be learning what other animals endure here, because the subject matter is difficult enough as it is. Although I recommend educating yourself on what all animals raised on factory farms experience, I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much depressing information.

I’ll leave it up to you to learn more if you’re interested and want to help make a change.

The ASPCA reports that chickens bred for meat are raised indoors in “large sheds” that contain more than 20,000 of them. In these sheds, the chickens are “crammed together” on the floor. They live in their own excrement and are constantly irritated by high ammonia levels that burn their throat, eyes, and skin. (8)

Factory-farmed chickens, the ASPCA reports, are nothing like the wild chickens that preceded them. Selective breeding, low-dose antibiotics, too much feeding, and too little exercise cause factory chickens to “grow unnaturally quickly and disproportionately”. Their breasts grow large, meeting market demand, but their organs and skeleton don’t follow the same pattern. As a result, some of them become crippled and “unable to reach food and water”. Heart failure, trouble breathing, chronic pain, and leg weakness are also common. (8)

According to the ASPCA, factory farms keep the lights on in the sheds nearly 24-7 to restrict the chickens’ sleep patterns, which ensures they continue to eat and grow. As you can probably imagine, the space becomes crowded as they grow. Thus, they’re forced to compete for space in what are already extremely difficult living conditions. (8)

Fortunately, animal activists are inspiring some companies to change.

The ASPCA reports that companies are developing policies and committing to addressing the problem of fast growth. Some companies and consumers are also committing to certification programs requiring proper space and natural lighting cycles. You can help too. With the Change Your Chicken Challenge, you can change this grotesque system by changing the chicken you purchase to those raised humanely. (8)

Dr. Mercola cites animal welfare activist Philip Lymbery, who believes in a solution rooted not in vegetarianism, but a return to old-school farming methods over mass industrial farms. He believes that as consumers, we can make a change by choosing what we eat carefully. We can help by ensuring we eat meet and eggs from farms free of the cruelty for which the meat industry is well-known. (2)

Lymbery’s idea is simple: return animals to a natural farm setting.

“This is not, in any way, a call to vegetarianism. This is a call to put animals back on the farm. Pasture is one of the most ubiquitous habitats on the planet, covering 25 percent of the ice-free land surface.

“This is about using that ubiquitous habitat to produce great food in a way which is environmentally friendly and kinder to animals, leaving much-scarcer arable to grow crops directly for people…

“Three times a day, through our meal choices, we have an opportunity to change our lives and thereby help change the world.

“It’s as simple as buying free-range eggs, pasture-raised beef and chicken, and looking for milk that has come from cows that have been able to graze… We’ll start to support family farms, will help to support a better environment, and will help to feed the world in a more humane and efficient way.” (2)

Conclusion

If this information doesn’t convince you that you should care just a little about the meat industry, I recommend digging deeper. This is a basic introduction to the subject with the implied encouragement to learn more and ultimately do more about it.

Like any industry, the meat industry would like us to believe they’re doing nothing wrong. Otherwise, we won’t give them our money. It’s true that they’ve improved since the early 1900s when factory conditions were much more appalling, but their modern-day treatment of animals is still far from humane.

The public can directly address the problems with the meat industry by buying our meat from humbler sources that, simply put, don’t have these problems. Responsible farmers that raise animals humanely and treat them with decency from the time they’re born until the time they die.

I think we can all agree – those who love meat and those who’ve sworn off it – that these animals’ suffering is preventable and unacceptable.

Do you care now?

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Sources:

(1) Henry Imhoff Helena, “Problems with the Meat Industry”, Independent Record, September 17, 2013 – http://helenair.com/news/opinion/readers_alley/problems-with-meat-industry/article_387e394c-1f24-11e3-85b7-0019bb2963f4.html

(2) Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Shocking Facts About the Meat Industry” Mercola.com, November 25, 2014 – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/11/25/shocking-facts-meat-industry.aspx

(3) Adam Voiland and Angela Haupt, “10 Things the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know”, U.S. News, March 30, 2012 – http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/03/30/things-the-food-industry-doesnt-want-you-to-know

(4) Sam P.K. Collins, “Pink Slime Is Making a Comeback”, ThinkProgress, August 20 2014 – https://thinkprogress.org/pink-slime-is-making-a-major-comeback-c58aa671f639/

(5) Joe Satran, “‘Pink Slime’ Ground Beef Product Returns To School Lunches In 4 States: Report”, Huffington Post, September 10, 2013 – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/pink-slime_n_3900851.html

(6) Luke Runyon, “Fines For Meat Industry’s Safety Problems Are ‘Embarrassingly Low’”, NPR, August 10, 2016 – http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/10/489468457/fines-for-meat-industrys-safety-problems-are-embarrassingly-low

(7) “Farm Animal Welfare”, ASPCAhttps://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/farm-animal-welfare

(8) “Chickens – Farm Animal Welfare”, ASPCA https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/farm-animal-welfare/animals-factory-farms#Chickens

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I’m a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, revolution, music and the transformative creative force known as love. I run Openhearted Rebel, a daily news blog dedicated to igniting a revolution of love by raising social and spiritual awareness.

I also have a personal blog, Wes Annac’s Personal Blog, in which I share writings related to spiritual philosophy, creativity, heart consciousness and revolution (among other topics).

I write from the heart and try to share informative and enlightening reading material with the rest of the conscious community. When I’m not writing or exploring nature, I’m usually making music.

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Why You Should Care About the Meat Industry – Part 2/3

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

Continued from Part 1

I wrote the following for the 264th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

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“Factory-farmed chicken”, Dr. Mercola writes, is one of the biggest causes of food poisoning. Beef is no exception to this rule: the USDA has been considering labeling beef that’s tenderized mechanically because during the process, pathogens are compressed from the surface down into the meat. Once there, the pathogens can potentially survive being cooked. This is why it’s been to blame for “at least” 5 E. coli outbreaks in 6 years (2003-2009). (2)

Here are some more fun facts about industrial farming Dr. Mercola shares:

  • It’s responsible for loss of water quality, as it causes phosphorous and nitrogen contamination in streams, rivers, and groundwater. This can contribute to “dramatic shifts in aquatic ecosystems and hypoxic zones” (2)
  • It may be responsible for making crops less nutritious, with the focus on harvesting a high yield over crops high in nutrients (2)
  • It’s responsible for the emission of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and other greenhouse gases (2)
  • It negatively impacts soil quality (2)

With these problems that plague industrial-scale farming, it seems sensible to make the switch to more sustainable farming practices on a national level. In a society as advanced as ours, we should be able to get our meat and dairy without worrying about our groundwater being contaminated or our food being less nutritious.

Slaughterhouses Can Be Dangerous for Workers

Luke Runyon at NPR reports that Ralph Horner (also known as Ed), a worker for a beef plant in Greely, Colorado, tragically died at his job in June 2014. The plant in which he died is owned by JBS, the “world’s largest meatpacker”. (6)

Luke reports that Ed died when a piece of equipment he was working on pulled him in by catching his hair and shirt sleeve. His sleeve bunched up around his neck and mouth, suffocating him. Ed was 54 and married, with three sons and a grandkid. (6)

Meat and poultry processing plants are safer than they used to be, Luke writes, but they can still be a dangerous environment for workers. In the plants, workers disassemble chickens, hogs, and cattle with hydraulic saws, industrial blenders, marinade pumps, steel hooks, metal chains, and conveyor belts, with mats on the floor to “avoid slips on blood or water”. (6)

Luke writes that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2004 to 2013, 3,737 deaths occurred on the job at manufacturing facilities. Meat and poultry plants report higher injury rates than the rest of the manufacturing industry. Also, U.S. Department of Labor data suggests beef and pork workers are injured and become ill more than poultry workers. (6)

Fines for regulation violations are “embarrassingly low”, Luke writes; even when the violations lead to death. By the end of it all, the JBS only ended up paying $38,500 in fines for the violations that caused Ed’s death. (6)

Ed’s story gives us all a reason to care about the industry’s lax regulations, the injuries and deaths those regulations can cause, and the pathetically low penalties that result.

The FDA Makes Raising Grass-Fed Beef a Headache for American Farmers

Dr. Mercola writes that most grass-fed beef sold in the U.S. (potentially 85% of it) is imported from Australia and New Zealand. Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Brazil are a few other countries we get our beef from. (2)

Chipotle recently began receiving its beef from Australia to keep up with the demand for grass-fed, Dr. Mercola writes, as American suppliers don’t have enough and are unable to match Australia’s lower prices. Founder Steve Ells said in a Huffington Post op-ed that the cattle that become Chipotle’s meat spend their lives on pastures eating grass and roaming freely. (2)

This sounds much better than being subjected to horrific factory conditions.

He also said he hopes for Chipotle’s decision to influence American ranchers to “adopt a grass-fed program”. He would like to see grass-fed beef go mainstream. (2)

Dr. Mercola writes that the climate in Australia and New Zealand supports grazing year-round. There’s also an abundance of grassland in these countries, making it easier for 70% of all cattle in Australia to be “pasture-raised and finished”. Then there’s the fact that, according to Dr. Mercola: “Australians can sell their meat for less than American grass-fed cattle ranchers can”. (2)

One reason it’s so difficult for American ranchers to keep up with Australia and New Zealand’s rate of grass-fed beef production, Dr. Mercola writes, is that the USDA has effectively put in place a “stranglehold”. Laws in our country restrict grass-fed slaughtering to a degree; such as the restriction that a grass-fed rancher can’t stay in business if he has no access to a slaughterhouse. (2)

According to Dr. Mercola, large slaughterhouses can refuse small jobs from humble ranchers. If they are accepted, these small-time ranchers have no control over the way the animals are treated once handed over to the slaughterhouse. Citing The Carnivore’s Dilemma, Dr. Mercola explains that the grass-fed beef from these small ranchers cannot be considered humane if the animals’ deaths are inhumane. Only some slaughterhouses do their job humanely. (2)

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Sources:

(1) Henry Imhoff Helena, “Problems with the Meat Industry”, Independent Record, September 17, 2013 – http://helenair.com/news/opinion/readers_alley/problems-with-meat-industry/article_387e394c-1f24-11e3-85b7-0019bb2963f4.html

(2) Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Shocking Facts About the Meat Industry” Mercola.com, November 25, 2014 – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/11/25/shocking-facts-meat-industry.aspx

(3) Adam Voiland and Angela Haupt, “10 Things the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know”, U.S. News, March 30, 2012 – http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/03/30/things-the-food-industry-doesnt-want-you-to-know

(4) Sam P.K. Collins, “Pink Slime Is Making a Comeback”, ThinkProgress, August 20 2014 – https://thinkprogress.org/pink-slime-is-making-a-major-comeback-c58aa671f639/

(5) Joe Satran, “‘Pink Slime’ Ground Beef Product Returns To School Lunches In 4 States: Report”, Huffington Post, September 10, 2013 – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/pink-slime_n_3900851.html

(6) Luke Runyon, “Fines For Meat Industry’s Safety Problems Are ‘Embarrassingly Low’”, NPR, August 10, 2016 – http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/10/489468457/fines-for-meat-industrys-safety-problems-are-embarrassingly-low

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About the author:

I’m a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, revolution, music and the transformative creative force known as love. I run Openhearted Rebel, a daily news blog dedicated to igniting a revolution of love by raising social and spiritual awareness.

I also have a personal blog, Wes Annac’s Personal Blog, in which I share writings related to spiritual philosophy, creativity, heart consciousness and revolution (among other topics).

I write from the heart and try to share informative and enlightening reading material with the rest of the conscious community. When I’m not writing or exploring nature, I’m usually making music.

Follow me on Facebook (Wes Annac, https://www.facebook.com/openheartedrebel and Twitter (Wes Annac, https://twitter.com/love_rebellion

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Why You Should Care About the Meat Industry – Part 1/3

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 264th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

Income from the guide helps me get by and ensures I can continue to offer free content, and every subscription is appreciated. The option to subscribe is given at the bottom of this post (learn about subscribing with cash/check here).

You don’t have to be a vegetarian or animal activist to be angry with what’s happening in the meat industry. Corruption and abuse litter an industry that provides food in inhumane ways for the sake of profit.

In this article, we’ll be discussing things I wish weren’t happening and am therefore doing my part to help stop. Some parts of this article might be tough to read, but by sharing this difficult information with you, I hope to help you see why you should care.

Vegetarians and meat eaters can work together to effect much-needed change in the industry if we can learn the facts and commit to this common goal. The cause is important for those who want to protect animals and those who want to ensure meat is produced ethically (and is thus safer for consumption). Continue reading