Today a local radio station reported that a community is dealing with drinking water contamination due to their drinking water reservoir being located under a pastureland. Grazing animals, especially if overconcentrated per land area, produce large amounts of manure which dissolves into excessive amounts of nutrients and possible pathogens that can leach into underground aquifers, especially when they are more shallow. When such and similar issues arise, very often there's no connection being pointed out between our food choices based on animal products and the consequences of overproduction of these products for water, soil and air quality. It's also a common practice for farmers to spill liquid manure on grasslands by rivers and streams. There's of course the unpleasant smell people don't like, but there're so many other potential dangers of such practices. And as long as you eat meat and drink milk, you support these kinds of practices directly with your money whether you think about it or not, whether you like it or not. We're trained to not think about our food choices and just follow the conventional dietary patterns. And life is certainly easier to do it this way. Because how many people would be willing to give up animal products for clean drinking water? Until one is directly affected by this issue, not many would choose to change eating habits. But sooner or later we'll all be faced with similar issues and forced to change. And changing your diet by adopting a whole foods vegan one is actually a joy. Because very soon you start to feel better. For one, because you give the body real nutritious foods, and also there's no more guilt for supporting a very exploitative and damaging industry. I know this bowl of random foodstuff like corn, millet, chickpeas, sourkraut, apple, pumpkin seeds and peanut butter on top of mixed salad greens doesn't look like much, but it was a delicious dinner nonetheless.
Although Earth Day has already passed, I believe Earth Day should be everyday, every second, and every minute. We should always keep the thought of the earth, our future, and our planet in our minds. It should always be a priority.
The earth is our legacy, the earth is our future, and our past. The earth is what we will pass down to our children and future generations. The earth is our home, it’s the proof of our innovativeness, our greatest achievements and a display of our humanity.
But the earth has also been damaged by us and in turn, we must reverse our mistakes. We have a responsibility to look after our planet and our future.
Our earth, our future, our legacy.
A large body of evidence suggests that the intake of red meat can increase the risk of death from all causes. The WHO has classified red meat as Group 2A carcinogen based on evidence showing a link between red meat intake and colorectal cancer. A study from Loma Linda University that is part of a prospective cohort study of approximately 96,000 Seventh-day Adventists, called the Adventist Health Study-2, showed that even small amounts of red meat increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Not only is red meat associated with health risks for humans, but its production is very unsustainable and environmentally damaging. It takes huge amounts of water, land and crops to raise animals that produce enormous amounts of manure, carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions. To produce protein in such an inefficient way is something we cannot afford to do any longer. So rather than beef we should eat beans. They need far less resources in terms of land and water, they are soil friendly as they work with nitrogen fixing bacteria to fertilize the soil, and they are extremely nutritious and health promoting. They are high both in complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein, as well as many vitamins and other phytochemicals that are essential for our bodies to function optimally. And they can be used in versatile culinary ways. I made a spread with beans and walnut butter that I put on a whole wheat sourdough tortilla, added a mix of red cabbage, carrots, green onions and some more greens, and a soy jogurt dressing with horseradish. It was a super delicious lunch.
Our food choices also have a great impact on the current state of biodiversity which is in dangerous decline. We're midst the sixth mass wildlife extinction and we're the ones causing this one. While most people don't really care about insects and frogs disappearing, because they don't have an obvious economic value like honey bees do for example, this still doesn't mean they are worthless. In fact, the decline of those species has an enormous influence on the stability of the micro- and macroecosystems globally. Such alarming disruptions in the intrinsically valuable webs of life will have devastating consequences for humans if we don't change the unsustainable practices that are the main drivers of species extinction. And we can all help by ditching animal foods that require enormous amounts of resources which causes habitat loss, pollution, and global warming. Everything we do has a consequence far greater than we can possibly grasp. With over 7,7 billion people living today our collective every day actions can have devastating consequences. But we also know how to do things in a more sustainable way and if we choose kinder options, we could change the trajectory of the planetary future toward a healthier and abundant one for all beings. Because our survival depends on the survival of a biodiverse fauna and flora. And there's really no sacrifice you have to make food wise, because plants are delicious. Like a bowl of warm cinnamon infused oatmeal with apples and red currants and walnuts for a rainy day breakfast or whatever your favourite breakfast might be, today you can have a vegan version of anything. So there's really no excuse to pay for the destructive animal agriculture industry any longer.
Happy Earth Day! A recent collaborative study from between research agencies across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom has reported a 99.9999% chance that humans are the cause of global warming. With only a one-in-a-million chance that humans AREN’T the cause, it means we have reached the ‘gold standard’ of certainty, a statistical measure which is often used in particle physics. In spite of our politics, everyone should be able to agree that the Earth is beautiful and worth preserving. Today is a great day to keep us mindful of the fact that the greater good starts with the individual. 🌎 By the way, if you’ve yet to see today’s @google doodle, we highly suggest you check it out before it’s gone!
A very happy Earth Day as we continue to strive for a healthier planet 🌎 Small & simple changes in your every day life can make a HUGE impact on your carbon footprint. Did you know, taking a 3 minute shorter shower every day could save over 40 bathtubs full of water each year? Visit google’s new sustainable website to learn more about the little changes you could make! #getwoketotheplanet#yourplanyourplanet
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