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Animal Agriculture and the Environment ~ Ignoring the Cow in the Room

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 11, 2017
File under: Agriculture, Climate Change, Diet, Environmental Impact

 

Raising animals for food, including land for grazing and growing their feed crops uses an astounding 30 percent of the earth’s land mass

Medical and environmental experts, including the World Health organization all concur that animal agriculture is destroying the health of humanity and the ecosystem on which we all depend for our very existence.

From polluted waterways and land erosion to deforestation (an estimated 70 percent of the Amazon leveled for cattle ranching) the production of meat leaves its large carbon footprint on every aspect of pollution and climate change. …read more of Animal Agriculture and the Environment ~ Ignoring the Cow in the Room here

 
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The Skinny on Soy Takes on Soy-Bashers!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 23, 2016
File under: Agriculture, Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Vegan

The Skinny on Soy ©Marie Oser 2016, Vegan Publishers

Soy. Mention its benefits in polite company and brace yourself for a barrage of questions and accusations directed at soy and all the products made from it.

For more than a dozen years now, posting soy recipes or articles is bound to elicit some hysterical comments from consumers frightened by an onslaught of anti-soy rhetoric from a small group of serial soy bashers

Soy has a long and venerable history spanning fifty centuries of Asian culture and has been the subject of more than seventy years of research in the scientific community.

As interest in the health benefits of soy intensified in the research community, the popularity of soyfoods skyrocketed and acceptance among mainstream consumers began to take hold. …read more of The Skinny on Soy Takes on Soy-Bashers! here

 
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California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 15, 2015
File under: Agriculture, Food Production, Water

 

Some scapegoat almonds, while ignoring the cow in the room.

California is experiencing one of its worst droughts on record. The Golden State is home to an agricultural industry with more than 400 commodities and produces nearly half of the vegetables, fruits and nuts gown in the country.  Across the nation, US consumers regularly purchase several crops that are produced exclusively in California.

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the agricultural industry in the Golden State is the largest in the country ($46.4 billion for its output in 2013). California agriculture is also responsible for 69 percent of the nation’s commercially available fruits and nuts.

Only about four percent of California’s water footprint is the result of individual use, however California residents have been asked to be very vigilant and cut back drastically on household water use.

According to a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) a stunning 80 percent of California water goes to agriculture, so if we really want to talk about drastic conservation, perhaps we should look at our food choices. …read more of California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water? here

 
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Should Jews Be Vegan?

By Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D
May 15, 2013
File under: Agriculture, Environmental Impact, Health Concerns, Vegan

 

There is a widely accepted aspect of modern life that contradicts many Jewish teachings and harms people, communities, and the planet – the mass production and widespread consumption of meat.

Here is how the production and consumption of meat and other animal products conflict with six fundamental Jewish teachings:

1. While Judaism mandates that people should be very careful about preserving their health and their lives, numerous scientific studies have linked animal-based diets directly to heart disease, stroke, many forms of cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. …read more of Should Jews Be Vegan? here

 
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The Lean and Green Frugalista Talks Wine

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
January 22, 2013
File under: Agriculture, Environment, Saving Money, Wine

If you find it confusing when wine collectors talk about their trip to the Bordeaux or Burgandy regions in France, never fear, there is hope for you.

On a recent trip to Napa, my fellow travelers helped me to break the code. Countries outside of France cannot call their domestic wines by the French appellations of “Bordeaux” or “Burgandy”.

In the United States we use the terms Cabernet Sauvignon instead of Bordeaux, and Pinot Noir instead of Burgandy.

Because I had cellared two bottles of a 1992 red wine for my son’s twenty-first birthday, I was able to see (and smell) firsthand why one would cellar a Cabernet Sauvignon, but not a Merlot.

Fortunately, my parents had cellared a sublime (a.k.a. expensive) 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon and it was fantastic 21 years later.

Being my frugal self, I had cellared (a.k.a. put on my large wine rack in my pantry) an inexpensive, but good, 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon. Eureka!  It was very, very good 21 years later.

The 1992 Merlot that I had cellared, however was a different story I’ll admit that I did not know in my youth that one does not store away a Merlot for years hence.

We always hear about wine going bad over decades and “turning to vinegar”.  Well, I can attest that it can be a lot worse than that.

The Merlot was revolting.  We could not even manage to try to taste it, because the dirty-diaper-like (sorry) odor was so disgusting.

You may have heard about decanting red wine into a wide-bottomed decanter to aerate it, in order to improve the flavor experience. …read more of The Lean and Green Frugalista Talks Wine here

 
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