8 Ways To Be Greener. So easy you can start NOW!
Earth Day was started over 40 years ago to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.
Most of the world did not know, at that time, how important this cause truly was. Many treated it like a pleasant social event; something to enjoy for a day and then easily forgot. Some people thought it was just for tree huggers. Now, almost everyone recognizes how vital this cause is and consider themselves green conscious to some degree. […]
Author Martha Volz
UN researchers reveal:
One quick solution to lower our effect on the environment.
Do you know the United Nations calculated the combined climate change emissions of animals bred for their meat and found it was more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together? […]
Is Your Diet Destroying The Environment?
5 Reasons Why the Food on Your Plate is More Important Than the Car You Drive:
Many people who “go green” consider buying something major like a hybrid car. A larger contribution to the environment is not in your driveway though, but in your fridge right now.
The climate change cost of animal meat production is greater than the cost of cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.
This is not just vegetarians or health advocates saying this either. The World Health Organization, Scientific American, New Scientist and Readers Digest have all come out with clear information on this fact.
Effects of Meat Production on the Planet
1. Cow Farts:
Cattle farting (and burping) methane – as has been joked about in the media – is a factor in global warming.
2. Plant Displacement:
The biggest impact of meat production is that it displaces useful plants. Trees, grasses and other year-round plants are what absorb CO2 and capture carbon on this planet but they are displaced for specific crops to house and feed cattle.
3. Water Pollution:
Rearing animals for meat contributes significantly to water pollution. Animal waste, antibiotics and hormones enter the water cycle alongside chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops.
4. Water Usage:
Raising cattle for food is incredibly inefficient in terms of water. Meat production is different in different parts of the world but even the more efficient systems use 1,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef.
Overgrazing by cattle and other meat producing animals is so hard on the land that it can’t maintain any productive vegetation.
By the Numbers: Did You Know…?
The amount of all pastures and ranges turned to desert by overgrazing for meat.
The number of meat-eating dogs it takes to match the carbon footprint of one gas guzzling SUV.
The number of hours of driving it takes to match the greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution of one kilogram of beef.
The number of vegetarians who could live on the same amount of land as one meat-eater.
The number of gallons of water needed to raise a single pound of beef (in the inefficient production methods often used in North America).
The number of gallons of hormone-, antibiotic- and bacteria-laden animal waste dumped onto farmland and into waterways from meat factory farms.
My Own Opinion
There are certainly many ways to save the environment and consuming less meat is a great part.
People are slow to change their eating habits and the connection to the environment is not apparent to most.
I have found though, that when a person becomes interested in taking responsibility for their own health – they almost always become more environmentally conscious. They then start taking a number of “green” steps quite naturally.
That is what I try to help […]
Around the world – the bees are dying.
If this trend continues 1/3 of our food crops will be in danger of disappearing, including foods many of us love, like apples, blueberries, broccoli and almonds.
Bees may not be cute and cuddly like pandas but they are so much more vital for our own foods. One third of world’s agricultural production depends on the European honeybee to pollinate the crops at certain vital parts of the year. This pollination results in SEEDS like FRUITS and MORE PLANTS. There are not enough wild bees or bats to accomplish this. Crops like wheat, potatoes and rice do not rely on insect pollination but many fruits and vegetables could become so scarce that their price would skyrocket… IF you could get them at all. It would be a completely different world.
When the task force of scientists starting researching into this problem they found that sometimes bees were being killed by certain factors including,
a). Synthetic poisoning from insecticides and other pesticides. This is now been well documented (see article below)
b). Infections from other organisms, like bacteria and viruses.
There seems to be an overriding factor decreasing overall health of the bees; thus making them more susceptible to poisons and infections. What the scientists suspected and are still proving is that the bee’s natural defenses are being undermined by POOR NUTRITION and other unnatural living conditions.
Nutrition for bees might sound rather odd since they eat only nectar and pollen. What has happened though, is that honeybees don’t have the VARIETY of flowers available to them because man has destroyed much of their habitat. We humans like our environment orderly so we clear the ditches of wild flowers and kill all the dandelion and clover in our lawns but to bees these areas are now nutritional wastelands. The bee industry is hopeful that restoring balance to the diet and habitat of bees can improve their well being and prevent total colony collapse. Here’s hoping.
Where have you heard the word VARIETY in our diet before? Probably from every dietitian and nutritionist who ever lived. This is a principle of health and regeneration – that no single wonder food can solve all your problems. Rather you need a balanced diet of whole live foods. We have such variety available to us in our gardens, farmer’s markets and supermarkets. Let’s all take advantage of that while we can!
Groundbreaking study shows that Roundup causes honeybees to starve
When honeybees come into contact with glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, they lose their ability to eat and have a much harder time learning how to forage properly. These are among the many shock findings of a recent study published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, which for the first time demonstrates both chronic and acute effects in honeybees exposed to Roundup at real-life levels.
A combined laboratory and field analysis conducted by researchers from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina found that […]