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Monday, April 19, 2010

It's not easy being green

I've started reading Big Think's environmental blog Brave Green World and the post for today was about the value to the environment of being a part-time vegetarian - Weekday Vegetarianism And The Importance Of Baby Steps . This is a different way of looking at vegetarianism than mine - I'm not a vegetarian because it's environmentally green but because I care about animals, but I can see the utilitarian pov being more attractive to most people. Here's just the beginning of the post ....

One of the highest-impact lifestyle changes a person can make in the name of environmentalism is to go veggie. It takes – as this blog’s image illustrates – 698 and ½ gallons of water to make a hamburger, and a whoppering 616 of those can be attributed to production of the beef itself. Let’s not even talk about how much CO2 it took to put that patty on your plate, or how many doses of antibiotics were injected into the cow between birth and… well.

But for the past few years, founder Graham Hill – model eco-citizen that he (truly) is –has been telling us we don’t have to give up meat wholesale. We can, he says, get all the glory and almost all the climate change brownie points that vegetarians enjoy, and still spring for a sustainably raised roast chicken or grassfed burger on Saturday night, still have bacon with our eggs at Sunday brunch. Is it true? Can we really have our ham and eat it too?

It seems we can .....


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