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Monday, November 30, 2009

Global Warning and Eating a Meat Based Diet.

This is a short 3 minute video. PLEASE watch it. It won't take much time out of your day but the effects could be monumental.

~Peace to all beings~

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Shane said...

very awesome thank you

Siteunseen said...

Wow. That was great, James. Thank you.

elbibis said...

Impressive and enlightening. We all have to do something now.

Mumon said...

I think the operative phrase "meat based" is important. As I noted e.g., here, the ethical issues on meat eating are more complicated than many would like to admit. The environmental effects of mass production of domesticated animals on greenhouse gases is well taken however.

Eco Yogini said...

yep, I would most certainly have to agree with Mumon; it's a bit more complex than simply 'meat' eating.

We've cut down meat from our diet due to enviromental concerns- however do you know how much pollution and pesticides growing soy and corn cause? what about monocultures destroying our land from genetically modified soy?

also- how do we account for animals raised in sustainable manners, such as grass fed beef or those grown on farms such as Polyface farms? These animals have a far less impact on the environment when it comes to pollution, use of water and land.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that truly 'meat' eating isn't necessarily an environmental problem, but CAFO is.

However, if you feel that meat eating is an ethical-moral issue- that is a whole other matter. :)

They call him James Ure said...

@Mumon and Eco:

I agree with you that the animal diet isn't the sole reason for pollution and I am concerned with the way we grow soy and corn as well. I think we have to have a broad, multi-faceted approach to the environment. There is no one silver bullet.

My main reason for being vegetarian, however, is for ethical and moral reasons. I do think though that factory farming of animals AND vegetables is out of hand and needs some moderating influences.

Modern Girl said...

That's interesting, but I can't agree with all of it. I'm glad Mumon and Eco already brought up their points, because that was running through my head as well.

My main critique that wasn't mention already was that stopping a diet based on one crop or livestock based globalization won't actually *solve* the issues of poverty and hunger mentioned in the video. Sure, it contributes to the problem, but I don't think stopping rainforest deforestation to prevent livestock pastures will feed children in Africa. It's a start, and we need it, but governments need to work together and there needs to be greater pooling of resources.

They call him James Ure said...

Just a footnote:

I never said that I thought just stopping meat eating would solve the entire pollution/global warming crisis. I know that it does not. However, it's something to consider if you're already leaning toward a meatless diet.

I also just thought it was interesting and another reason to support changing our way of life as humans to protect the environment, which protects and feeds us all.

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