Something to Chew On
How has (urban) farming changed your diet?
Of course, for our family, we love growing our own food. The benefits are that we are considerably healthier, not to mention all the money we are saving from not having to buy organic and by avoiding doctor visits! But after nearly 20 years of being vegetarian (occasionally eating fish) and with the talapia fish in the backyard tank growing bigger each day, a hot topic around the dinner table is ethical eating.
As a teenager, reading Robbins ‘Diet for A New America‘ really opened my eyes up to the horrific practices of the meat industry and we’ve not touched red meat or fowl since. Our consciousness over the relationship with the land and its animals has grown these last couple years where we have come to question eating habits in relation to farming.
Recently, we have noticed some articles “ethical meat” that have raised some valid points about such eating habits
Simon Fairlie: How Eating Meat Can Save the Planet via Time.com
Countless studies claim that eating meat harms the planet and contributes to global warming. The U.N.’s 2006 Food and Agriculture Organization report states that meat produces 18% of the world’s carbon emissions — more than the global transport infrastructure. But in his new book, Meat: A Benign Extravagance, Simon Fairlie, a British farmer and former editor of the Ecologist magazine, tears apart the theory that being carnivorous is bad for the planet — and says that eating moderate amounts of meat could be greener than going vegan.
Is Eating Meat the Best Way to Fight Factory Farms? via TreeHugger.com
“It’s a hard reality for a vegetarian to swallow, but my veggie burgers did not rattle the industry cages at all. I was simply avoiding the battlefield, stepping aside as a pacifist. There is nobility in the vegetarian choice, but it isn’t changing the system fast enough. In a world where meat consumption is soaring, the plausible 25% of the world’s inhabitants who have a mostly vegetarian diet aren’t making a dent in the rate us humans are eating animals. In theory, a plant-based diet avoids consuming animals but it certainly isn’t getting cows out of feedlots. However, steak-eating consumers choosing to eat sustainably raised meat are. They chose to purchase a product raised on pasture when they could have spent less money on an animal treated like a screwdriver.”
Eat meat and save the planet, says eco-warrior and former vegetarian via Telegraph.co.uk
Simon Fairlie, a farmer and writer, is now shattering the consensus that we should avoid eating any meat or raising any animals in order to save the planet.
More to come…
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