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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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Festive Vegan Holiday Roast

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 7, 2013
File under: Entertaining, Environmental Impact, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Wiley T Day Meatless Thanksgiving

Photo: Wiley T. Day

Lighten up with this healthy, delicious and satisfying Holiday Roast!

Holidays bring family and friends together to celebrate traditions and spread good cheer with lots of socializing planned around food.  It is during this season that we can reflect about what is truly important. Certainly we can all agree that paying attention to our health and the health of the planet should be at the top of the list.

Festive Holiday Roast is really delicious, easy and fun!  You will be amazed to learn how easy it is to turn five pounds of tofu into a really tasty meal with 12 generous servings. Tofu?  Yes…and you wouldn’t know it.  Half the preparation is done in advance. …read more of Festive Vegan Holiday Roast 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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