Meat and meat products consumption has increased greatly since the middle of the last century. Shortly after the Second World War we knew the ground meat day. Meat was eaten in many families once a week. Nowadays, meat products are eaten four times a day in various forms. With the current 7 billion world population, the end of meat production is has already been acheived.
The increase in meat products and dairy production in the West could only be achieved with artificial insemination of livestock and the animals unilaterally fattening fat with soy flour, corn and fish meal.
The unbridled breeding of animals, through artificial insemination of cattle and with incubators for poultry, has a devastating effect on our health, nature and the climate. Fast food, unnatural food and meat consumption lead to obesity, vitamin deficiencies, chronic diseases and premature death. Cancer is now the main cause of premature death.
United States of America
With more than 225 million overweight people in 2016, the USA has the largest number of overweight people in the world. The USA also export these unhealthy eating habits around the world. Worse diet is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. With an average life expectancy of 78.1 years the United States comes in only at number fifty of the worldranking list, despite being the richest nation on the planet with the most advanced medical technology. The Netherlands is slightly better with an average life expectancy of 79.2 years, less than most other European countries. Even in spite of the nation’s alarming high suicide rate Japanese live 82.1 years on average.
Diseases relating to diet are the leading causes of death to the United States. The number of people overweight or obese increased between 1990 and 2016. In the most comprehensive study of US health to date, poor diet was found to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, even surpassing smoking. Poor diet contributed to 14 percent, while smoking accounted for 11 percent. Obesity and high blood pressure accounted for 11 and eight percent respectively.
The number one cause of death in America is the American diet. High blood pressure by fifty-five, heart attacks at sixty, maybe even cancer at seventy, and so on… For most of the leading causes of death, the science shows that the genes often account for only 10-20% of the risk at most. For example, when people move from low-risk to high-risk countries, their disease rates almost always change to those of the new environment. New diet, new diseases. But the reverse is also true. If we’re eating the Standard American Diet and switch to a diet higher in whole plant foods, such as fruits and vegetables, this may lower your risk.
Cancer is now the most common cause of death in Western Europe, more often than chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiovascular disease and diabetes (IHD). While mortality rates for COPD and IHD are declining due to improved health care, mortality rates for cancer have increased.
Our Western eating habits and addiction to animal proteins in the form of ground beef, hamburgers and all kinds of meat products are the cause of the increase in cancer. The consumption of animal fats and proteins has increased considerably since the last century. The production of meat (products), poultry, pork and other meat tripled between 1980 and 2010 and is likely to double again by 2050. At present, 70 billion farm animals are being bred annually for food. In 2050 there will be 500 million more cattle, 200 million more pigs, 1 billion more sheep and goats and 18 billion extra poultry than in 2005.
As we get older, we notice which unhealthy lifestyle habits have taken possession of us. The body constantly renews itself through the ingested diet and within a few years all cells and tissues are constantly being completely rebuilt. With age, the choice of animal or vegetable protein and fat in the daily diet is of great importance for protection against chronic diseases and cancer. Cardiovascular disease, obesity and uncontrolled growth of derailed cells are the result of an excess of animal proteins and fats in the daily diet. The chicken leukemia virus and bovine leukemia virus in our food chain are related to common cancers. The time without symptoms is 50% - 70% of the total growth of a tumor and cancer usually reveals itself at a later age.
In 2012, cancer was the cause of 31% of all deaths in the Netherlands (Eurostat). Today about half of all men and one third of all women develop cancer and about 20% of all deaths are due to cancer. This is an impressive increase and seems to show that the increase in cancer is a recent biological event.
Most lung cancer in the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom
These three countries have the largest share in the international trade and import of tropical birds via Amsterdam Schiphol, Brussels Zaventhem and London Heathrow respectively. In Japan and the USA there has always been a lot more smoking and the mortality rates of lung cancer were much lower. The Netherlands has the highest mortality rate in lung cancer in the world and mortality from breast and prostate cancer is also very high compared to other countries. According to the World Health Organization, since 1980 the Netherlands has had the lowest growth in life expectancy at the birth of a total of seventeen EU countries. With regard to life expectancy, we take the 8th place in this ranking. The mortality rate among the elderly is remarkably high. Cancer has been the number one cause of death in the Netherlands for a number of years. In seventeen European countries, our country with the mortality from cancer is in 13th place, almost at the bottom of the ranking. Child mortality in the first year of life in 15th place.
The Netherlands traditionally has a lot of animal husbandry. The poultry chain in the Netherlands consists of breeding farms, hatcheries, slaughterhouses and a large number of processing companies. Every year 40 million male chicks are killed on the first day because there is no destination for them in meat production. The Netherlands is the number 2 in the world in terms of exports of agricultural products. There is overproduction of calves, piglets, chicks, eggs, dairy products and meat products. In 2016, the record amount was more than 88 billion euros. Calf mortality is relatively high in the Netherlands and is increasing every year. The priority is too much with the cows. Only 30 percent of the calves become a dairy cow. The rest is sold to veal calves and is a residual product. Especially the calves are worth less.
Recently published research has shown that the Netherlands has the best healthcare in the world. The government has measured this by cost-effective analyzes and research into patient satisfaction. Unfortunately, the Dutch do not have the best health. Mortality for the age of 60 and the number of chronic illnesses among the elderly have not been taken into account. The consumption of animal fats and proteins has increased considerably. Fruits and vegetables are eaten too little. An increase in diseases that pass from animals to humans is the result of the consumption of meat, animal fats and eggs from the supermarket, and the breeding of tropical birds as a hobby. Cardiovascular diseases and the unrestrained growth of derailed cells are the result of this.
- Intensive breeding of pigs, poultry, cattle and fish has become the new businessmodel in the middle of the 20th century. All meat is only produced with artificial insemination of the animals.
- Zoonoses such as BSE, SARS, MERS, Q fever and the spread of antibiotic-insensitive bacteria were the result.
- Increase in cancer is, very recently, since the middle of the 20th century.
- Carcinogenic viruses such as chicken and bovine leukemia viruses are now found in our food chain with more sophisticated laboratory research.
- Bovine leukemia virus has been shown in women's breast tissue.
- Red meat consumption is a proven risk for colon cancer.
- In the last 50 years, our diet has become increasingly unnatural. Meat, milk and eggs in our diet contribute more to climate change in the world than the emissions from our fleet. The fast growing meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all traffic combined.
- Fatter beef, chicken meat and pork contain more animal proteins and saturated animal fats and lead to more affluent diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, strokes, obesity and breast and colon cancer.
- Repeated bird flu infections with Chlamydia in bird breeders increase the risk of lung cancer and malignant lymphomas.
Bird exhibitions and bird breeders caused an explosive growth of this popular hobby
Since the slave trade and slavery were abolished 150 years ago, international trade in tropical companion animals, international human trafficking, the arms industry and drug trafficking became the most profitable forms of trade. Worldwide, an estimated 40,000 primates, 4 million exotic birds, 640,000 reptiles and 350 million tropical fish are traded live each year. The trade in exotics is estimated at an $ 6 billion industry.
Keeping and breeding tropical birds is a hobby of young families. The ratio of breeders to the total number of bird keepers is about 1: 6. The level of organization of the large bird breeders in the Netherlands is high due to participation in the breeding competitions. Public shows, which were held several times a year, made the hobby increasingly popular in the twentieth century. When pigeons are kept together with tropical birds, Chlamydia infections are more common.
The Netherlands is leader in the breeding of pet birds (17,5 million)
The American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) had 11-16 million companion birds and exotic birds in the United States in 2007. In France, 6 million companion birds were owned by households in 2010. In Belgium every bred bird must be provided with a ring with a number to which the owner can identify the breeder. In 2011 the Association Ornithologique de Belgique (AOB) registered 249 ornithological associations, authorized to identify their birds by an official ring. Pet birds are a lucrative business for pet stores and local breeders, as a single male canary is already sold for around 30 euros in Belgium and a female for about 20 euros. Prices are about the same for zebra finches and budgerigars, and 50% to 100% higher for "special" finches such as bullfinches. Bird fairs and markets for live birds also attract many people. In addition, some species are bred because of their very high value; for example, in the case of canaries, the male and female specimens with particular genetic potential are presented in the national and international competitions for their posture (the Bossu Belge), the color (red mosaic) or for their song (Harzer). Consequently, the offspring can be sold for strongly increased prices. Several times a year these beautiful birds are brought to shows and competitions, to exchange or sell. Exotic birds such as larger parrots, macaw or cockatoo are traded legally or illegally from Asia or South America. These birds are still high on the list of popular pets and are also richly represented in zoos and parks.
In 2013, when I flew over the Arabian Peninsula, I saw the integrated crop circles of Saudi Arabia. Saudi farmers feed the production of grains in the desert by winning underground water supplies. Part of that water dates back 20,000 years, until the last ice age, when more moderate conditions filled aquifers. On the ground these circles are as wide as the water-bearing layers deep, about one kilometer. Sprinklers with central pivotal pits draw from the groundwater. Many of the crops are grown to feed the intensive livestock industry. Camels are rarely used as a means of transport. Dromedary camels are bred for their milk and meat and to participate in camel races. The Saudi kingdom has implemented a multi-faceted program to supply large quantities of water, necessary to realize the spectacular growth of the agricultural sector. Expansive underground waterreservoirs have been drained through deep wells. So the desert was transformed into fertile farmland.
Crop circles on the Arabian peninsula
Dromedary flu, from virus-spreading young camels, is the result of intensive camel breeding on the Arabian peninsula. There is a rapid increase in the number of reported infections with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV). Since June 2012, MERS-CoV has infected more than 1,814 people, with 734 deaths (41%). The disease first occurred on the Arabian Peninsula, in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Concerns about the situation have increased considerably, particularly concerns about the spread of the infection in hospitals and in contacts with patients. Dromedary camel flu is endemic among young dromedary camels in Saudi Arabia. Sick dromedary camels separate corona viruses from their noses and sometimes in feces. Only recently people and dromedary camels share the same corona viruses. The corona virus first adapted in the herds of camel breeders, with larger concentrations of young dromedary camels. The breeding and weaning season is a factor. Young camels are more susceptible to camel flu because of their lower immunity status and they promote virus amplification. Today the MERS-CoV circulates from person to person and is less virulent. These humanized corona viruses pass through the airways and are increasingly common in society. Without stopping the transmission of these camels flu, we will continue to see more human cases in the Middle East. With the annual Haj Pilgrimage to Mecca in October, more than 2 million Muslims from more than 180 countries are at risk of receiving MERS-CoV and spreading it to their home countries. Saudi authorities warn their citizens against drinking unpasteurized camel milk and advise them to wear gloves when they care for the animals. The omnipresence of the animals, their importance for the economy of the region and their popularity mean that the transfer of MERS-CoV to the camels to humans will continue to take place.
The father of the current Syrian president promised his people full granaries and more meat pots. In Syria too, water sources were tapped to promote agriculture and livestock farming. A drought period and shortages of water drove the farming population en masse to the cities. Great social unrest ensued. The popular uprising in Syria is brutally precipitated. Poverty, war, hunger, higher temperatures, drought and lack of water mean that more and more people are fleeing from the Middle East and Central Africa.
Far East, Japan and Korea
In Japan and Korea, large-scale imports of beef and pork began after the Second World War, respectively after the Korean War. In 1970 in Japan and 1990 in Korea a sharp increase in the numbers of colon cancer was observed. Consumption of fried beef (eg shabu-shabu, Korean yukhoe and Japanese yukke) became very popular in both countries. A specific meat factor, presumably one or more thermo-resistant potential carcinogenic bovine viruses (for example polyoma, papilloma or single-stranded DNA viruses), can contaminate the beef and lead to latent infections in the intestinal tract.
zur Hausen H (2012) Red meat consumption and cancer: reasons for suspect involvement or bovine infectious factors in colorectal cancer. Int J Cancer. 2012 Jun 1; 130 (11): 2475-83
Increased consumption of energy, animal fat and Red meat has occurred in East Asia in recent decades. Data on breast cancer, colon, prostate, esophagus and stomach cancer mortality rates for China (1988-2000), Hong Kong (1960-2006), Japan (1950-2006), Korea (1985-2006) and Singapore (1963- 2006) were obtained from the WHO. In the selected countries (except breast cancer in Hong Kong), a noticeable increase in mortality rates of breast, colon and prostate cancer and a decreasing decrease in esophageal and gastric cancer in the study periods were observed. For example, the annual percentage increase in mortality in breast cancer was 5.5% for the period 1985-1993 in Korea and the mortality rates for prostate cancer increased from 1958 to 1993 in Japan by 3.2% per year. These changes in cancer mortality followed ~ 10 years after the transition to more industrially prepared food, hamburgers, sugary drinks and fast food in these countries.
Zhang J, Dhakai IB, Zhao Z, Li L (2012) Trends in mortality from cancers of the breast, colon, prostate, esophagus, and stomach in East Asia: role of nutrition transition. Eur J Cancer Prev 2012 Sep; 21 (5): 480-9
Mortality rates for prostate cancer have increased dramatically (25x) in Japan after the Second World War. After the war the consumption of milk increased by 20x, from meat 9x and from eggs 7x. Milk contains large amounts of estrogens plus proteins and saturated fats. The recent increase in its use is likely to be the cause of the surge of prostate cancer in Japan.
Ganmaa D, Li XM, Qin LQ et al. The experience of Japan as a clue to the etiology of testicular and prostatic cancers. Med Hypotheses. 2003 May; 60 (5): 724-30
The inhabitants of Tuvalu, Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands are massively overweight. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nine of the world's ten thickest countries belong to the Pacific Islands. Tonga (4th, 90.8%), Samoa (6th, 80.4%) and USA (9th, 74.1%). Up to 95 percent of the adult population is overweight in some countries. The number of people with obesity, extremely overweight, varies from 35 to 50 percent. The Cook Islands (90.9% overweight) are in third place in the world ranking. Slightly more than half of the population suffers from obesity. There are several causes for this. First, thick are more accepted. In Polynesia, the perception of 'big is beautiful' actually prevails. Inexpensive factory processed food has replaced the original diet of fresh fish and vegetables. Fresh fish is relatively expensive, with this money you can buy multiple hamburger meals. A bottle of cola is cheaper here than a bottle of water. 75% of the women on Samoa are extremely overweight.