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Life After Humans

Reading The MaddAddam Trilogy, fictional but based on our cruel reality, I keep wondering if Crake’s reason is right, whether it would be better off for the planet if humans disappeared.

Humans have been around for thousands and thousands of years, still some million years to go to beat the dinosaurs. We have made more progress (assumingly) than those reptiles: we have built structures, we have developed technology, etc.; but what if one day, all of us vanished, what would happen to all of those?

  • 1 day: lights are out. Most power plants without people to generate would shut down (except for hydro: they have limitless fuel to work by themselves). Plus, no worries for any radiation meltdown from nuclear power plants… yet. Subway/metro tunnels would be flooded after 36 hours.subway-flooded-635x357
  • 10 days: hard time for house pets: no one feeding them. Small dogs would be more likely to die first. They are princes and princesses waiting around to be fed. So consider getting a big one as in case you disappeared, they could get out and follow their natural instincts (my advice: huskies).
  • 1 year: plants start taking roots in our structures, and “once the tree roots…take hold, no human-built structure stands a chance” (Atwood 32). Remember those hydropower plants I mentioned? Now they would completely shut down as mussels would block the generators’ cooling pipes.
  • 20 years: wildlife would be thriving already: vegetation => herbivores => carnivores. Look at the Chernobyl disaster 20 years later.chernobyl2
  • 75 years: cars would completely corrode (it would take 20-25 years if they were at coastal cities like Miami). I wonder why there are piles of corroded cars if it has been only 1-2 years after the apocalypse in the books.
  • 100 years: no one (no aliens) would know our modern-time history as books, films would go back to dirt. It is not like they were carved in clay or stone walls like in ancient time.
  • 500 years: all buildings and infrastructure would go down.
  • 1,000 years: cities would become jungles.
  • 10,000 years: Great Wall of China, Great Pyramid of Giza, and Mount Rushmore might be the only evidence of human structures left behind.

Our time on Earth is short: only haft a minute of the planet’s life on a 24-hour scale, but look at the damages we have done.  Do you think Crake is right, about our problems coming from our greed? Everything has a golden age, do you think there would be such things as our replacements?

 

Find out more

 

de Vries, David; Hense, Jim; Cohen, Douglas; Kosa, Frank; Dolan, Sam; and Georgalis, Savas. Life After People. Top Documentary Films, topdocumentaryfilms.com/life-after-people.

AsapSCIENCE. “What If Humans Disappeared?” www.youtube.com/watch?v=guh7i7tHeZk&t=1s

“Nature Is Speaking.” Conservation International, www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmVLcj-XKnM&t=4s

Gammon, Katharine. “A Brief History of Dinosaurs.” Live Science, www.livescience.com/3945-history-dinosaurs.html.


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We Are Eating Soy Instead of Meat

I started writing this after reading two other posts which also talk about our animal proteins. I promise I won’t make you feel guilty about eating meat, or how this type of protein ends up on our plates. There is great news (if you are either a vegan, or vegetarian… I’m sorry), but it is bad news for us omnivores, or carnivores (no judging). If you often go to places like McDonald’s, Subway, Tim Hortons, A&W, Wendy’s, chances are you are not eating 100% meat, or precisely, CHICKEN.

Alright! We all might have heard that chicken breasts are the best kind of cut because of this and that, correct? Ignore the fact that a recent study disapproves of those for the moment. Anyway, an investigation by CBC Marketplace, you know, the place which after watching all episodes you may not want to eat anything anymore, had tested (tubes and stuff) some popular chicken sandwiches and wraps from the chains I’ve listed above and found out NONE of those contains ONLY chicken (Note from Marketplace: the tests were on meat sample alone, without sauces or condiments).hand_breaded_chicken_tender_wrap

The results, except two products from Subway, averagely range from 84.9 to 89.4 percent chicken DNA with A&W topped the chart. In the case of Subway, it is both shocking and disappointing; so much that the testers had to do the second round to be sure. One product scores 53.6 percent chicken and the other scores only 42.8. Guess what mostly makes up the rest of those products? Bingo, SOY.

You can read the full article here.

This surely nauseates me. Not that I am against soy products or anything. In a matter of fact, I eat tofu a lot, the real one, not the dessert ones or the spread ones (!?). The problem is if I want to eat tofu, tempeh, or any soy-based food, I can drag myself to that Copper Branch on Ste. Catherine.

It rings a(nother) bell in me of what the heck we are eating, unlike the people in Atwood’s world where the majority of the population know/knew they are/were eating soy anyway.