Thursday, March 6, 2008

Go Veg

You might have noticed that all the recipes I've posted are either vegetarian or vegan. My daughter and I are both vegetarians and are semi-vegan. We have made these choices for ethical reasons - we both find the eating of animals cruel, however recent research shows our choice is also good for the planet. Sir Paul McCartney sums it up by saying, “If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”

What you eat can have a much bigger impact on the enviroment than what kind of car you drive. Livestock & manure methane directly release greenhouse gases equivalent to what's produced by 33 million cars! Feeding livestock also take a toll on the ecosystem - it takes 7 pounds of corn to add one pound of weight to cattle and growing the grains to feed the livestock uses a lot of fertilizer - 1 pound for every 3 pounds of cooked beef. Livestock also uses a lot of our precious drinking water, it takes 4500 gallons of water to produce 4oz of raw beef.

Give the planet a helping hand by choosing to go veg or by making at least one meal a week vegetarian.

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