Okay guys, well this is the last posting in this series. For those of you who got through reading my last post, I commend you! There is a neat tool in wordpress that lets you see what terms people type in to search engines that lead them to my website. A few examples of words that lead people to my Eating Green to Save the Environment post were, “death to animals by eating them”, “killing animals by making them food”, “humans are murderers”, and the last and most disturbing one “bloody murder by eating”. Hope you haven’t lost your lunch yet… but it is kind of weird to see the image some people have around eating animals. Make what you want with those terms, but I thought I would just share them with you. (You probably wish I hadn’t….)
As a few of your comment have noted, its hard to be a vegetarian, and it is not for everyone. I would like to twist you’re arm a little more though, so hopefully these helpful tips and tricks will make you feel less guilty for eating Babe. (if you didn’t get that joke, it was that you are eating that cute little pig character….get it? No…? Ahh I tried) Thanks to the Factory Farming Campaign for these suggestions!
Every hour in the United States, one million animals are killed for human consumption. If each one of us cuts back on our animal consumption by only 10%, approximately one billion animals would be spared a lifetime of suffering each year.
If you do continue to eat animal products, know that not all animal products are equal when it comes to animal welfare. Each industry has its own abusive practices, and some are much more cruel than others. For example, the chicken, egg, turkey, and pork industries tend to be far more abusive to animals than the beef industry. And a growing number of producers are raising animals without intensive confinement. Refining your diet by choosing cage free animal products, instead of the conventional factory farm products that fill most supermarket shelves, will help to reduce animal suffering.
Each one of us can help prevent animals from suffering in factory farms simply by choosing vegetarian options. It’s never been easier to replace animal products with readily available vegetarian alternatives. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendations for nutrients.” The American Dietetic Association goes even further to state that vegetarian diets “provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
Need Help Getting Started?
Visit the HSUS Guide to Vegetarian Eating for more information on how you can help farm animals when you eat, including delicious recipes, tips on incorporating more animal-free meals into your diet, shopping list suggestions, and much more. And for more information on the lives of farm animals and other ways you can help them, visit http://www.FarmAnimalWelfare.org.
A few more tips,
Try to eat at a vegetarian restaurant for a change once in a while. The food tastes great, and its better for your waistline. Try this site, it says its a Toronto site, but you can click on any of the links, enter in your location, and then you can see some good places to go around you.
Another great resource is the Vegetarian Resource Group it looks like its low budget, but it has some really good resources to find out more about being a vegetarian in a nutshell.
Also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go to this link and watch this short clip, and Pledge to be a vegetarian for 30 days.
I will post the amount of people who clicked on this link a few days so you can see how many people really might be thinking about reducing the amount of meat they eat.
Last, if you are interested in being a vegetarian, or eating less meat, click here to get your free Vegetarian Starter Package.
If I have changed any of your minds, please tell me. As a quick ending to tie it back into the blog, saving the environment can happen in many ways. Most people think you need to buy the most energy efficient car, or invest a lot of money into changing your house around to be more green. I hope these posting opened your eyes to see that you can save the environment by making little changes to the way you eat, and this could possibly the most inexpensive and most convenient way to save the environment.
Until next time,