Eating to Save the Environment Part 1

Philippines VegetarianismIf you know me, you know that I love animals (and if you have read past blogs, you will know that I even love Rats). My love for animals has turned me into a vegetarian, and it is something I am very passionate about. After talking to a few successful bloggers, I have been told to reduce the content I put in each posting. So in order to completely cover this topic, I will create a 3 part blog.

1. How being a vegetarian saves the environment. Interesting advertisements for being a vegetarian.
2. The ugly side of eating meat. What happens to the animals. (Just a warning, this posting is a bit disturbing)
3.Simple ways to eat for the environment, even if you don’t want to be a vegetarian. Recipes for vegetarian and organic meals. How to buy organic on a budget. I challenge you to do something in this posting!

You can expect for the next posting to be put up every 2-3 days. Now of course, the point of my blog is to teach my readers how to be greener on a budget. One of the EASIEST ways to reduce you environmentally footprint, is to eat to save the environment. I will also give you some recipes, so if you have any good ones that you would like me to post, send them to me!

This is a subject I know quite a bit about so if you have any questions, or want to know further information, pleeease contact me!

Many people assume that the biggest things you can do to be environmentally friendly are driving less, or buying an fuel efficient car, but did you know…(I have a lot of didya knows for this topic so here is a list):

• In 1997 the USDA (http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome) stated the nearly 10 per cent of the U.S land area was used to grow feed for animals raised for meat, and another 32 percent was used for grazing cattle, making livestock production the largest single use of land in the country.

• The production of chicken meat, requires 14 times as much energy and 40 percent more cropland per unit of protein as the production of soybeans.

• Today, tropical rainforests are being clear-cut primarily to produce pasture or cropland for growing animal feed, devastating threatened animal and plant species.

• In a 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector damages the climate at a rate that surpasses emissions from cars and SUVs.

• The American journal of Clinical Nutrition states that, adopting a vegan diet actually does more to reduce emissions than driving a hybrid car! With the energy needed to produce a single hamburger, you could drive a small car twenty miles. Next time you’re craving a burger, think about the fabulous road trip you could take!

• David Pimentel of Cornell University calculates that meat-eaters are “driving” an extra eleven miles every day whether they really drive or not, when we look at how much extra fuel it takes to feed them.

If these facts aren’t enough for you listen to what some environmentalists have to say…

Natural Resources Defense Council-“Factory farms, which mass-produce animals in assembly-line fashion, have harmed aquatic life, human health and ecosystems across the nation. As industrial-sized farms stagger under the vast burden of manure they are generating, environmental disasters are inevitable.”

United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization-“The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution and loss of biodiversity. Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency.”

Here are some ads that I thought were very convincing, and interesting. Tell me what you think

Ad 1: If you cant read the small print on the side it says…Many years ago, I was fishing, and I was reeling in the poor fish. I realized “I am killing him-all for the passing pleasure it brings me.” And something inside me clicked. I realized as I watched him fight for breath, that his life was as important to him as mine is to me.”

Order a FREE ‘Vegetarian Starter Kit’ at GoVeg.com.

Ad 2: I can’t seem to embed the video, so click here, and if I can suggest one for you to watch, I would watch Casey Afflecks’ movie. Just a warning, there is a picture in this movie that mad me cry. So don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Ad 3: In late November, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization issued a report stating that the livestock business generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined.

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Last, if you are interested in seeing more videos, click here. Just another warning here, some of these are VERY disturbing.

If you are not convinced that being a vegetarian is better for the environment, or if you disagree with any of those facts, let me know! Give me a challenge, let me try to provide more information to you, or maybe you will convince me.

Look back in a few days for the rest of this series of postings.

Kate

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