Monday, February 12, 2007

Vegetarians are Doin' It for the Earth

In the Huffington Post, blogger Kathy Freston called Vegetarianism the "New Prius." Here is a taste of what she has to say:

Last month, the United Nations published a report on livestock and the environment with a stunning conclusion: "The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global." It turns out that raising animals for food is a primary cause of land degradation, air pollution, water shortage, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and not least of all, global warming.

That's right, global warming. You've probably heard the story: emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are changing our climate, and scientists warn of more extreme weather, coastal flooding, spreading disease, and mass extinctions. It seems that when you step outside and wonder what happened to winter, you might want to think about what you had for dinner last night.

N.B. Except for the occasional fish dish, this blogger has mostly avoided eating flesh since 1980. Check out this link to one of my favorite vegan recipes: chocolate cupcakes. I substitute 1 cup brown sugar for the white sugar.

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