Society has changed since we are in corona-crisis, at least in the so-called developed countries. Although we already knew we couldn’t go on like we did before we had even heard of corona or COVID-19, the current crisis is THE accelerator for change.
Currently we’re confronted with a period of loosening up lock-down measures. They seem neccessary for society to go back to a situation that is a little bit like the one we knew before. Good for mental health, maybe a lifeline for our economy, but will it be good enough for society facing COVID-20?
Hot topic and subject of indepth research these days is how the ‘animal-industry’ should change in order to face a new outbreak of Mad-cow disease, SARS, COVID-19 or another virus we do not know yet. It seems likely that in Holland, we have the very first COVID-19 infection transferred from a mink to a human in the world. Many of us here in Holland were not even aware of the fact Holland has a rather large mink-breeding industry of some 4 million anmials.
We now don’t only fear Wuhan life-animal markets, but also corona spreading from the large-scale breeding of animals and our slaughterhouses. Just yesterday, our minister of agriculture odered to close-down some of the locations of the largest chain of slaughterhouses in the Netherlands, VION. Their CEO said in an interview that VION complies to all rules and regulations and thus the measures mandatory implemeted regarding corona are not strict enough themselves.
It’s save to say that in a number of ways society as a whole must change, but where to start? Change the way we eat, we interact, we travel, we treat the envrionment and thus what we consume, our way of doing business, what we produce?
In the Netherlands as well as in other countries, we see that companies change their ways, their product-portfolios and even their longterm strategy. They take drastic measures to safeguard their mere existance, now and in the future.
COVID-19 was the wake-up call. We’re awake now, it’s time for action. Not having any political or societal influence that would create much impact, one must seek impact in ones own environment. What can I do?
Some people state that the corona crisis has caused a mayor financial crisis and that because of that, all other current crises are of less importance. No business, no wealth - no food, no health, so they argue. I’ve Always been a bit of a contrarian and my opinion towards the current crisis is that we should not waste it in trying to go back to normal. If the shi(f)t hits the fan as it does now, we should take action and change our ways.
Don’t take the car or the plane unless neccessary. Try to consume less, buy local products as much as you can. Be an asset to the collective with as less damage as possible to other people, living species and nature. I try to live by this every day. Alas I’m far from being good at it.
Tjeerd de Vries