I’ve never felt healthier, more at ease, and of calm thought than since I have become vegan.
It’s an incredible way to improve every aspect of your life and help to calm global CO2, disease, widespread E.Coli outbreaks, and the impending over-population-food-crisis.
Two brilliant researchers decided they would look into the claims made by animal rights advocates about how realistic a vegetarian world could be. What they found may change the debate forever.
First, researchers wanted to know how much it actually costs to produce calories for human consumption. They looked at the production costs associated with various food products and found that vegan products were startlingly cheaper to produce. For example, 2000 calories of beef costs roughly $38 to produce whereas 2000 calories of soybeans costs just $2 from start to finish. The difference in cost at the register is all about how much people are willing to pay for meat and how much money is given to the industry in subsidies.
Next, the team looked at what an increase in global vegetarianism would do to the food market. They found that the more people in the world who go vegetarian the lower overall food costs would be for everyone. They site market statistics that prove a 1% increase in the number of people who eat vegetarian has historically led to a 1-3% decrease in meat costs across the board. If meat eaters ever want to see cheaper meat, they are going to have to start turning everyone else around them veg.
These are both claims that vegans have been making for years based on facts published from a host of other studies. It’s nice to see some of the big pro-veg arguments substantiated in one place.
Bookmark this one, send it to your friends, give it to your dad as some post-father’s day reading material, and pull it out next time a friend complains about how expensive their groceries are.
Save money, the planet, and yourself. Do it, it’s easy, tasty, and rewarding (you ass holes).
strawberry, banana, blueberry and almond milk smoothies for breakfast.
A recent report released by the United Nations found that the rate in which other cultures are moving toward a Western diet that’s heavy on both meat and dairy is simply unsustainable. The UN also proclaimed that diet was one of the largest contributors to fossil fuel consumption. With the global population surging to a predicted 9.1 billion by 2050, a vegan diet will be a must in order to be able to feed the population.
According to the report, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Production and Consumption: Priority Products and Materials, seen on the Guardian:
Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.
A vegan diet has the least impact on the planet. Mickey wrote that animal byproducts are the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. According to a report from World Watch Institute, they are responsible for 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide human caused greenhouse gas. The number one cause of global warming is found on your plate.
If the idea of going completely animal free seems intimidating at best, consider making changes gradually. For me, alterations in my diet have to happen gradually in order to stick. Consider eating a vegan diet twice per week. Or if eating vegan is too much for you, consider limiting dairy consumption to just local eggs and high quality cheeses from small producers and choose to give up meat at least a few times per week. Consider being a weekday vegetarian or at the very least participating in Meatless Monday. After a while you just won’t miss the meat at all.
More from the Guardian article:
Professor Edgar Hertwich, the lead author of the report, said: “Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.”
Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, says the report, which has been launched to coincide with UN World Environment day on Saturday.
Cooks for two
- 2 cups split peas
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 tspn sage
- 3 basil leafs
Stew water, oil, and onions until the onions are soft. Add peas and milk and blend on the lowest speed in pulses until it’s nice and slowly blended. Chop up the basil and cilantro and add them, along with sage, salt, and pepper to the stewing onions, oil, and water. Add the pea blending (should basically look like split peas in green milk) and boil on high, covered, for 5 minutes, then turn to a medium heat and stew until thickened.
The rice is just white rice with blue berries and cilantro added when cooking.
- 150mL vegan Mayo
- 120mL Sriracha
- 2tbsp minced garlic
- 30mL lemon juice
- 5mL onion powder
Add ingredients to bowl and mix. Add red pepper flakes if you feel.
- half container tofutti
- 1/4 cup flour
- 60mL coconut milk
- 30mL lime juice (+ zest)
- 3-4 larger jalapeno (or 5-6 thai super hot peppers)
Add all ingredients sans flour into a blender or food processor. Mix well. Add flour and mix some more. Andddd, you’re done!