Sunday, March 29, 2009


Do you enjoy a savoury serving of prime rib or steak? Did it ever cross your mind that your impact on global warming might have something to do with how much meat you eat? Did you know that all of us who do enjoy meat are contributing to the global warming concerns? That’s what some scientists are saying. Ah, they're constantly out to spoil a person’s fun.

Two scientists named Gidon Eshel and Pamela Martin examining the production of greenhouse gases, found that our consumption of red meat may be as bad for the planet as it is for our bodies. I didn’t even know that this was bad for my body and now I learn that I am offending the planet. They found that the amount of fossil-fuel energy required to produce and prepare a red meat product for purchase and for a meal was significantly higher than other diets. The vegetarian diet is the most energy efficient, followed by poultry. I can't think of a more futile vocation than theirs. Who is going to listen to them? But I could be wrong. There is an entire society of non meat eaters. Yes, that's right. They have had to form a society - an exclusive group of devotees.

I am not a vegetarian but I have read some disquieting reasons to consider this lifestyle change. We used to be a society that ate meat perhaps once per week and now meat eaters eat it every day. That means that “if meat consumption in the developed world was cut from the current level of about 90 kilograms a year to the recommended level of 53 kilograms a year, livestock related emissions would fall by 44 percent.” One scientist Mira Oberman, likens hamburgers to the Hummer of food in global warming. And my wife says that I am guilty of exaggerated communication.

Now let me introduce you to the term ‘vegan.’ Donald Watson, creator of the term vegan to denote "non-dairy vegetations", and founder of the Vegan Society in November 1, 1944, the first ever society for vegans. (that naturally follows). I think that's him in the photo and he looks healthy doesn't he? The word has since passed into common usage and is used in a variety of ways. See Veganism for more information. The date of the society's founding, November 1st, is now celebrated annually as World Vegan Day.

The Vegan mission is 'Promoting ways of living free from animal products for the benefit of people, animals and the environment.'

hmmm, barbeque sauce, pulled pork, ribs, succulent steak, glazed ham, farmer style sausage, southern fried chicken, mmmmmm

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