Monday, September 28, 2015

Thoughts for the Future, Part III

 One last thought on reducing our consumption of resources. One of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gases are the beef, pork, and dairy industries. A few cows in a pasture are not the problem. Factory farms are. They pollute, they use huge amounts of resources, and the animals live cramped, tortured lives in terrible conditions. Our obsession with cheap hamburgers and cheap ham and cheap milk are killing the planet and causing terrible suffering. Many ways we eat and shop can help. 
  • Eat a lot less meat. 
  • Buy local meat that is humanely raised. Know your supplier. 
  • Buy organic and locally grown foods.
  • Avoid processed foods that require a lot of resources to manufacture. 
  • Grow some of your own food.
  • Eat low on the food chain — at least one meat-free meal a day — since 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy production. 
Food writer Michael Pollan sums it up well: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

Maybe we can eat for the future, not just for the moment. 

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