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Thursday, November 16, 2006

food for thought

While this post may not be a fun read, it's something I think is quite important. I'm not going to get all preachy - I swear! Okay.. just a little bit.

Anyways, I have to admit I was pretty excited to find a red plastic newspaper bin chock full of Peta's Vegetarian Starter Kits on the corner by Starbucks on Marshall Street (wow- how wordy was that?)

Pick up a copy of the 20+ page pamphlet to hear from vegetarian/vegan celebs, why the veg diet is the healthiest out there, why milk and eggs are NOT any better than meat (you don't want to eat meat because of the cruel and inhumane treatment of the animals? okay well they treat them pretty much the same even if they're using them for milk and eggs.. oops, sorry, preaching!) The pics in the pamphlet aren't gruesome at all, just a little bit sad. Simpy put, Peta sometimes relies on scare tactics to convert meat-eaters over to the green side, but this pamplet points out all of the health benefits of going veg. My favorite part might just be "How Does Eating Meat harm the Planet?"

For all of you environmentalists, listen up! The pamphlet has a great sidebar of facts about how eating meat is horrible for the environment.. Here are two great (as in eye-opening, not as in SUPER DUPER) facts on water and pollution:

-Nearly half of all the water consumed in the US for all purposes is used to raise animals for food. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat, but only 60 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat. A total vegetarian diet (ie vegan) requires 300 gallons of water per day, while a meat-eating diet requires more than 4,000 gallons of water per day.

-Raising animals for food causes more water pollution in the US than any other industry because animals raised for food produce 130 times the excrement of the entire human population - 87,000 pounds per second (!!!) Much of the waste from factory farms (umm where your chicken and eggs most likely come from) and slaughterhouses flows into streams and rivers, contaminating water sources.

I admit I'm not the best vegetarian (I only held onto the vegan thing for a week, but I'm going to try and really stick with it this time)... But next time you're about to bite into some meat, take a minute to think. Going veg is good for your health, your fuzzy or feathered animal friends, and the earth. Like the wise Paul McCartney said, "If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat... It's staggering when you think abou tit. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty."

p.s. becoming veg is NOT the end-all, be-all answer to saving the planet. but it's a good start!


  • Hunting most local herbivores for food is ecologically friendly because it controls populations otherwise lacking sufficient natural predation and the ecological impact of the meat's creation is negligible-- vastly less than the water required to even grow wheat. I guess this presupposes we get to our hunting grounds by bicycle, but I think the principle remains intact.

    By Blogger Max, at 10:51 PM  

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