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want to help the environment? read this!

"More than a third of all raw materials and fossil fuels consumed in the U.S. are used in animal production. Beef production alone uses more water than is consumed in growing the nation’s entire fruit and vegetable crop. Producing a single hamburger patty uses enough fuel to drive 20 miles and causes the loss of five times its weight in topsoil. In his book The Food Revolution, author John Robbins estimates that 'you’d save more water by not eating a pound of California beef than you would by not showering for an entire year.' Because of deforestation to create grazing land, each vegetarian saves an acre of trees per year."

here's the whole article.

i am not going to start preaching vegetarianism to my friends over meals, but... just know that you prevent a *lot* of environmental damage by not eating meat. not to mention saving yourself from many health problems. think about it?


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Mar. 14th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Already there. :)
Mar. 14th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
I tried once, hon. When I was dirt poor, the whole family got treated to several weeks of salads, bean- and grain-based dishes, lots of fresh fruit, fresh or steamed vegies, and the only "meat" we had was an occasional tuna casserole. I was doing my best to balance the food groups, include protein in the form of eggs & peanut butter & cheese (skimped on cheese, since it's not all that cheap), and making everyone take their vitamins.

I was run-down, exhausted, and felt like I had the flu without the nausea. The exhaustion was the worst -- even 9 months pregnant, I was not half that tired. And I was honestly willing to go vegetarian, above & beyond doing it because of the cost of meat, but it just didn't work. But as soon as I started adding meat back into the menu (at the time, ground turkey was cheaper than ground beef, so we ate a lot of that, plus inexpensive pork & beef roasts), I felt healthy & normal again within 2-3 days. I suppose it could have been psychosomatic, but I believe I gave it my best effort.

(I also discovered I'm somewhat lactose-intolerant -- I can't have milk, sour cream, yogurt, or most cheeses without the LactAid supplements.)
Mar. 14th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
in my opinion eating anything from more than 200 miles away is likely to kill you eventually, meat or not.
Mar. 15th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for the extra reminder. I don't eat high up the food chain with regard to meat but I've also been sliding on how much of it I eat which for me is a bad thing. I should go back to zeroing it out.
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
We eat mostly fish and chicken with the occasional locally hunted venison. The other thing is the whole eating local thing. If your vegetables are being grown in Florida and California for example, then it takes fuel to ship them to where ever you are (if not there). Frequenting your local farmer's market or gettting involved in CSAs are other ways to extend what you are talking about above in terms of environmentalism. Of course, so is not buying a lot of things new, used clothing, recycled items, using florescents, etc. all that saves energy.

Deforestation is also happening because of things like urban sprawl. I think there are a lot of ways to help with the environment so there ought to be something that works for everyone to do their part :)

Thanks for the thoughtful topic. I appreciate it.
Mar. 15th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I became a vegetarian 9 months ago. :-)
Mar. 17th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Meat is indeed a very inefficient way to turn plant foods into animal protein. Beef is one of the worst but poultry and farmed fish are bad just by a smaller degree.

I was vegetarian but I fell off the wagon mostly through laziness and a liking for meat dishes.

But the health, environmental, and animal welfare arguments do convince me. I just have to make the effort to return to a vegetarian diet.
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