nations researchers indicate to us one easy technique to
lower our impact on the environment
Do you know
the United nations calculated that the combined climate
change emissions of animals bred for their meat were a
lot more than cars, planes and other forms of transport
In a recent
article published in July 2010 from the Guardian.co.uk,
leading journalist John Vidal reported how vegetarianism
may help save our planet by eating less meat.
majority of the joints of beef or chicken on our plates
is a phenomenally wasteful, land and electricity hungry
system of farming that devastates nature, pollutes
oceans, rivers, seas and air.
breed four species (chickens, cows, lambs and pigs)
which need vast amounts of water and food, emit methane
and other greenhouse gases and produce mountains of
physical waste products.
past year, the UN calculated that the combined climate
change emissions of animals bred for their meat were
about 18% of the global total – a lot more than cars,
planes and all other types of transport put together.
Bangladeshi family living off rice, beans, vegetables
and fruit may live on an acre of land or less, while the
average American, who consumes around 270 pounds of meat
yearly, needs 20 times that.
have calculated that if the grain fed to animals in
western countries were consumed directly by people
rather than animals, we could feed at least two times as
many people – and possibly much more – as we do now.
steak or a chicken will point to an abnormal water
consumption, that the animal has required to live and
grow. Vegetarian author John Robbins calculates one
pound of beef needs around 20,000lbs of water.
which uses 70% of water available to humans, is already
in direct competition for water with cities.
scale agriculture now dominates the western livestock
and poultry industries, and a single farm can now
generate as much waste as a city.
animals generate manure and urine which is funnelled
into massive waste lagoons sometimes holding as many as
40m gallons. These cesspools often break, leak or
overflow, polluting underground water supplies and
rivers with nitrogen, phosphorus and nitrates.
A meat diet
is usually considered twice as expensive as a vegetarian
one. According to the Vegetarian Society, meat eaters
get increased probabilities of obesity, cancer, heart
diseases and other illnesses as well as a hole in the
now? How can we start contribute save our world?
quick and simple recipe to get a good meat substitute,
the Tofu and Green Onion Veggie Hamburger
healthy tofu based veggie burger receive an extra
nutritional boost from wheat germ. This recipe is both
vegetarian and vegan.
container firm or extra firm tofu, mashed
* 1 onion,
* 3 green
tablespoons wheat germ
* 2 tbls
* 2 tbsp
* 2 tbsp
* oil for
ingredients in a large bowl. Form into patties.
in oil in a skillet or frying pan until brown and crisp,
about 10 minutes.
all to you...
- Martha Volz writes for the
Supplements org. * vegetarian
supplements for meat blog, her personal hobby blog
dedicated to vegetarian healthy eating tips.