One Great Way To Eat VegetarianBy Martha Volz, Guest Author
UN scientists present us one quick route to reduce our effect on the environment.
Do you know the UN calculated the combined climate change emissions of animals bred for their meat were a lot more than cars, planes and all other types of transport put together?
In a recent article published in July 2010 from the Guardian.co.uk, leading journalist John Vidal reported how vegetarianism might help save our world by eating less meat.
Behind most of the joints of beef or chicken on our plates is a phenomenally wasteful, land and energy hungry process of farming that devastates forests, pollutes oceans, waters, seas and atmosphere.
We mostly breed four species (chickens, cows, sheep and pigs) all of which need vast amounts of water and food, emit methane as well as other greenhouse gases and produce mountains of physical waste
During the past year, the United Nations calculated that the combined climate change emissions of animals bred for their meat were about 18% of the global total - more than cars, planes and all other types of transport put together.
A Bangladeshi family living off rice, beans, vegetables and fruit may live on an acre of land or less, while the average American, who consumes around 270 pounds of meat annually, needs 20 times that. Behind most of the joints of beef or chicken on our plates is a phenomenally wasteful, land and energy hungry process of farming that devastates forests, pollutes oceans, waters, seas and atmosphere.
Academics have calculated that if the grain fed to animals in western countries were consumed directly by people rather than animals, we could feed at least 2 times as many people - and perhaps far more - as we do now.
Eating a steak or a chicken points to an excessive water consumption, that the animal has needed to live and grow. Vegetarian author John Robbins calculates one pound of beef needs around 20,000 lbs of water.
Farming, which uses 70% of water accessible to humans, is already in direct competition for water with cities.
Industrial scale agriculture now dominates the western livestock and poultry industries, and a single farm is now able to generate as much waste as a city.
Farming animals generate manure and urine which is funnelled into massive waste lagoons sometimes holding as many as 40m gallons. These cesspools often break, leak or overflow, polluting underground water supplies and rivers with nitrogen, phosphorus and nitrates.
A meat diet is generally considered twice as expensive as a vegetarian one. According to the Vegetarian Society, meat eaters get increased possibilities of obesity, cancer, heart diseases and other illnesses as well as a hole in the pocket.
So what now? How can we start contribute save our planet?
Here a simple and quick recipe to get a good meat substitute, the Tofu and Green Onion Veggie Burger. This healthy tofu based veggie burger receive an additional nutritional boost from wheat germ. This recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.
Now it's all to you...
Martha's Green Onion Veggie Burger
- 1/2 container firm or extra firm tofu, mashed
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 green onions, diced
- 2 tbls wheat germ
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tbls garlic powder
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- dash pepper
- oil for frying
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into patties.
Fry patties in oil in a large skillet until brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.
About the author:
Martha Volz is a Guest Author for The Practical Vegetarian. ...read more from Karien Jones on The Practical Vegetarian BACK TO TOP