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For vegetarians and vegans, it’s a new world of appealing options – LA Times

By Mary MacVean | August 22, 2015 In his new book, environmental journalist Joel K. Bourne Jr. argues that poverty is only partly to blame for hunger. Prosperity also plays a role: When people have more money, they tend to eat more meat and dairy foods. And that, he says, will increase the severity of the problem. “More than two-thirds of the world’s agricultural land is already used to grow feed for livestock, [and] world meat consumption is on track to double by 2020,” …

Other views: Know how that chicken got to your table?

… an animal advocacy group, has put chicken slaughter in the news, showing what most people would call cruel. But not the chicken industry. A spokesman for Wayne Farms, where the video was shot, says “no animal abuse occurred,” and legally speaking, he is correct. A federal law that mandates humane slaughter of livestock does not protect chickens. But there’s a big space between what’s legal and what’s right. Other livestock must be rendered insensitive to pain before slaughter. Laws …

Meet the Butcher—and Former Vegetarian—Who Now Specializes in Humane Slaughter | TakePart

… and requires that cattle, pork, and other livestock be “rendered insensible to pain” before death. (Chickens and turkeys are not covered under the law.) Unsurprisingly, plenty of players in the food chain aren’t satisfied with the USDA’s concept of humane—even if the Temple Grandin–designed Animal Welfare Audit has become the industry standard. But just as some farmers have pushed beyond the USDA standards for organic agriculture, others are taking the idea of humane slaughter well …

Crunch Numbers, Not Dead Animals, and See How Many Lives You Can Save | TakePart

… The website points out that raising livestock produces more carbon emissions than the entire automobile industry and is second only to industrial pollution in contributing to global warming. As long as you have an iPhone and a few rubber bands, you can even wear the Vegetarian Calculator on your wrist—just like a Fitbit. via Crunch Numbers, Not Dead Animals, and See How Many Lives You Can Save | TakePart. …

You will eat more than 7,000 animals in your lifetime – that’s a lot of steak – Mirror Online

… around 7,500. Urging people to go veggie, the page says: “We use fewer resources and contribute less CO2 to the atmosphere. “Raising livestock contributes more to global warming than automobiles, and is the second leading cause of global warming behind industrial pollution.” But meat eater Steve Hunt, 41, of south London said he would never give up meat. via You will eat more than 7,000 animals in your lifetime – that’s a lot of steak – Mirror Online. …

Commentary: Going vegetarian, buying Fair Trade are starts – Daily Pilot

… as college. I had taken a course on the livestock industry, and I was completely convinced that by living off quinoa, veggies and beans, I could save the world. In my mind, our precious agriculture sector was flawless. Then I learned the truth. Our agriculture industry is just as corrupt as our livestock industry, and what’s worse, the damage being done is to our own species. We get half of our tomatoes from Mexico each year, but where does that produce actually come from? A recent Los …

Vegetarian Kitchen: Long-term vegetarians say a lot has changed for the better, but that’s only half the story – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

… become long-term vegetarians. VEG MANNERS Beyond persistence, veteran vegetarians in Maine tend to have acquired the skills needed to navigate the awkward social situations that can come with the territory. Kevin Fahrman, 59, of Falmouth is well practiced in this realm. He has been a vegetarian for ethical reasons since 1973, when he was a freshman at the University of Maine at Orono. After reading that feeding crops to livestock produces less food for humans than feeding the same grain to …

No meat? No problem: Vegetarian recipes the whole family will love | Things to do in Tampa Bay | Tampa Bay Times

… that eating red meat every other day, instead of daily, can substantially reduce heart disease risk. But it’s not just health. The Meatless Monday campaign says it saves money, both in doctor bills by reducing health risks, and because meals built around vegetables, beans and grains tend to be less expensive. As for the environment, the water and fossil fuel needs of livestock are much greater than those of vegetables and grains. One fewer burger a week for a year would be the equivalent …

Eating insects is better than eating meat, but is it any more ethical? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

… (especially environmentalists) want to expand the number of people who eat bugs. The United Nations even recently called bugs the “food of the future.” Those who keep an eye on the health of the planet have weighed an ever-increasing human population against the growing number of people in developing countries who eat meat (or who consume much more of it than they did previously). They’ve compared that information to how livestock practices overuse freshwater resources and …

Vegetarian lifestyle good for environment – The Morning Call

… don’t respect. Roughly 45 percent of all land surface worldwide is devoted to raising livestock for food. This includes growing crops that feed animals. Amazingly, some 80 percent of corn grown in the U.S. goes to feed cows, pigs and chickens, while 90 percent of soybeans go for the same purpose. That’s a lot of cropland that could be used much more efficiently to feed people directly, rather than through the wasteful process of growing animals. We need forests to produce oxygen and …

National Vegetarian Week: Supermarkets are super for veggies

… reasons that may make you consider either trying veggie this week, becoming veggie or including more veggie items in your diet. 1. It’s better for animals. Around two million land animals are slaughtered every day in the UK alone, just so people can eat their flesh. 2. It’s more sustainable. Growing grains and pulses to feed to animals is much less efficient than eating them ourselves. The livestock industry uses huge amounts of land, water and fossil fuels, while producing 18% of the …

EarthTalk: Meatless substitutes expand as more people go vegetarian

Aside from its brutal treatment of livestock animals, the meat industry is no doubt one of the worst offenders when it comes to the environment. Producing one kilogram of beef requires 150 square meters of land and 15,000 liters of water, most of which is used to grow feed for the animal. That same kilogram generates 27 kilograms of climate-altering carbon dioxide, the equivalent of driving a car more than 100 miles. Indeed, beef has 13 times the carbon emissions of an equivalent amount of …

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