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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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Celebrate Earth Day with Rose Scented Chocolate Almond Brownies

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 22, 2016
File under: Climate Change, Environmental Impact, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Since 1970, Earth Day has become a global event that promotes environmental protection. For vegans, every day is Earth Day.

There are many good reasons to choose a plant-based lifestyle, with compassion for animals and concern for health and for the environment being cited most often.

Plant based-eating, AKA the vegan diet is an easy and economical way to reduce your environmental footprint. Research published in the journal Earth Interactions, was one of the first to report that the average American diet requires the production of an extra ton and a half of greenhouse gases compared to a vegan diet.[4]

Science has weighed in with a mountain of evidence associating meat-centered diets with numerous debilitating health conditions. From heart disease and hypertension to obesity and diabetes, the plant-based diet has been shown to prevent and even reverse disease. [1] [2] [3]

Being aware of the link between all living things and what we put on our plate, our health and the health of the planet helps us to make smart choices. Issues of health and sustainability are inextricably linked and for the thinking consumer, the answer lies in the content of our plate! …read more of Celebrate Earth Day with Rose Scented Chocolate Almond Brownies here

 
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My Vegan Journey

By Glen Merzer
January 15, 2015
File under: Climate Change, Environmental Impact, Vegan

Glen Merzer, vegan author

I began thinking about becoming vegetarian when I was 16. Two of my mother’s brothers died as a result of  heart attacks – one in his fifties and the other in his forties.

Most of my father’s male relatives died in their fifties and my grandparents were dead before I was born.

So the first day of summer vacation before my senior year of high school, I decided to take the plunge. I got up in the morning and had an English muffin with jam for breakfast. The phone rang; it was my buddy Dave.

I said, “Congratulate me, Dave, I’ve become a vegetarian.”  He said, “Hey, that’s great, since when?”  I said, “Well, you know … since breakfast.”  He laughed at me.  Which may be a good thing because it’s now been 41 years of eating animal-free meals since that English muffin. …read more of My Vegan Journey here

 
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Thanksliving ~ For the Turkeys

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
November 15, 2014
File under: Climate Change, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Photos by George Brooks

Ironically, every Thanksgiving, 46 million turkeys are consumed by Americans on a day that was established to celebrate the harvest.

Turkeys are the ‘centerpiece’ of the meal even though there is overwhelming evidence that people who consume a plant-based diet are far healthier than those who eat animal products.

Turkeys can be quite intelligent and as loyal as dogs. Timmy, the turkey who died of old age earlier this year is still mourned by the employees of the sanctuary in Woodstock, NY and the guests he followed around, waited for and fussed over.

Turkeys and dogs, pigs and cats, lambs and parrots, cows, rabbits, chickens, ducks and goats are all sentient. They are aware of their surroundings and want to live.

Even though turkeys can live up to twelve years, turkeys bred for food consumption have a short, painful life of not more than six months.  …read more of Thanksliving ~ For the Turkeys here

 
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Typhoon Haiyan, Extreme Weather and Climate Change

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
November 19, 2013
File under: Climate Change, Vegan

On November eighth when the category-5 super typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, its devastating power and the sheer force of winds near 195 mph left incalculable loss, heartbreak and total devastation in its wake.

With thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless, Typhoon Haiyan has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land.

The devastation is immense. The death toll is nearing 4,000 and number of injured has reached almost 13,000. Entire communities have been flattened and nearly 2 million people displaced.

We desperately want to help. Countries around the world have pledged relief aid for those affected by the typhoon. If you are like me, you may have noticed that the frequency and ferocity of catastrophic weather seems to be on the rise …read more of Typhoon Haiyan, Extreme Weather and Climate Change here

 
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