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Switzerland banned the use of battery cages back in 1992, and California will do so in 2015.Canada has no such ban, and it’s not even on the table, but each year each province’s marketing board decides what share of their chickens will be cage-free.
One calculation found that if the fuel for flying was biofuel made from algae you’d only need 66,000 sq.Knowing this, the Vancouver Humane Society created a campaign to persuade college campuses to use only free-range eggs, and Langara College, BCIT, UBC, UNBC, UVic and SFU all signed up.They also have a campaign for cities to end the purchase of eggs from caged birds for city-run facilities, to which 15 communities have signed up, including Victoria.Big money is being invested to find new sources of hopefully sustainable fuel. In Amory Lovins’ great new book , he and his colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Institute show that various improvements in design and operations, could reduce trucking’s use of oil by 60% below the projected demand for 2050.48% of North American’s railway capacity is used to transport coal, so when we cease burning coal that will become available, and railways can also be electrified using renewable energy.We’ve done it before, when we faced another emergency.
At the start of World War II, the Detroit auto-industry retooled to make tanks and planes in just , and Canada achieved similar miracles. Lacking that ability, we are forced to tackle the problem from the bottom up, as our ancestors did when they struggled to end slavery, and win civil rights, and the vote for women. Slavery made good money for many people too, but that did not make it right. Will we risk our children’s and our planet’s future for the sake of some quick cash? CANADA’S BATTERY HENS We keep chickens for their eggs, and we know how they love to scratch around, laze in the sun, and flutter a dust-bath.
For all of our shipping, we could reduce our fuel need if we grew much more food locally, and engaged in more local manufacturing.
If we were to approach the crisis rationally, we would agree on a global oil depletion treaty to reduce global oil production each year, and use the income from a carbon tax to accelerate the shift to sustainable energy.
Their social relationships are a matter of great importance, with friendships among some and chasing by others to enforce the all-important pecking order.
So now remind yourself, viscerally and with your full imagination, that less than 5% of Canadian eggs come from free-range farms.
km., or 0.13% of the world’s farm and pastureland – but that’s only if algae farming can be made to work on a large scale, which no-one has done yet.