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Since: May 08

Chicago

#1 Sep 22, 2008
The most affordable thing you can do to go green is to reduce the amount of meat you eat, or give it up altogether. The livestock industry is responsible for 1/5 of all human-induced greenhouse gases as well as horrible air and water pollution. Meat is an incredibly inefficient way of producing food - it takes around 10 times more grain fed animals to produce the same nutritional value than if we just ate the grain directly.

Best of all, you can save money by eating vegetarian. Meatless entrees at restaurants are often significantly cheaper, and cooking at home with vegetarian sources of protein like tofu, beans, and lentils will often bring your grocery bill down.
Albigensian

Morristown, NJ

#2 Sep 22, 2008
Actually, the most affordable thing you can do to "go green" is to kill yourself.
Elphaba Thropp

Girard, OH

#3 Sep 22, 2008
These people know nothing about living green !!
Just do not get it

United States

#4 Sep 22, 2008
Meat tastes good ,though. I am all for us doing what we can in reducing our impact on the environment. Do not ask us to give up our meat.
There are many ways to reduce our footprint on the environment. If we stop eating meat, where are you going to bury all the livestock? No reason to feed them or provide a place for them to live, if you are not selling them as food.

Since: May 08

Chicago

#5 Sep 22, 2008
Just do not get it wrote:
If we stop eating meat, where are you going to bury all the livestock? No reason to feed them or provide a place for them to live, if you are not selling them as food.
Seriously? Unless everyone stops eating meat at once, which seems unlikely, the total population of livestock will gradually decline as demand drops. There would be no need to dig mass graves. Besides, even if everyone were vegetarian, a much smaller number of livestock could still be kept on farms to maximize efficiency (eating things that would otherwise go to waste and producing fertilizer), and also for eggs and milk.

Not only would a vegetarian society be environmentally sustainable, it would also eliminate the massive and completely unnecessary brutality we commit against animals.
pvr

San Diego, CA

#6 Sep 22, 2008
Albigensian wrote:
Actually, the most affordable thing you can do to "go green" is to kill yourself.
And make sure you take a cow with you.
Just do not get it

Bethpage, NY

#7 Sep 23, 2008
raze the ladder wrote:
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Seriously? Unless everyone stops eating meat at once, which seems unlikely, the total population of livestock will gradually decline as demand drops. There would be no need to dig mass graves. Besides, even if everyone were vegetarian, a much smaller number of livestock could still be kept on farms to maximize efficiency (eating things that would otherwise go to waste and producing fertilizer), and also for eggs and milk.
Not only would a vegetarian society be environmentally sustainable, it would also eliminate the massive and completely unnecessary brutality we commit against animals.
I was picking a little bit, I personally don't think a meal is a meal without meat in it.If I were forced to go vegetarian, I would never enjoy a meal again.
There would be no reason to raise more than a small percentage of what we raise now. Sheep would have a shot,also, as long as we still make clothes out of wool. Think about turkeys, without the Thanksgiving rush on this bird, there would be no reason to raise them and there's no room for wild turkeys in their original environment.

We have an obligation to our children and their children to leave a world with minimal damage, but I want my pork chops.

Since: May 08

Chicago

#8 Sep 23, 2008
Just do not get it wrote:
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I was picking a little bit, I personally don't think a meal is a meal without meat in it.If I were forced to go vegetarian, I would never enjoy a meal again.
We have an obligation to our children and their children to leave a world with minimal damage, but I want my pork chops.
Unfortunately, you really have to make to a choice between environmental sustainability and meat. Eating meat with every meal is warming the globe, polluting our rivers and air, and wasting our resources. Take a look at this article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/weekinrevie...

I sympathize with your feeling that a meal needs meat. It took me four years of gradually reducing the amount of meat I ate before I finally officially went vegetarian. But it can be done, and you can discover all kinds of great new food and ways to prepare it in the process. It's important to explore different kinds of foreign food, because those cuisines are much friendlier to vegetarian eating. Thai, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Vietnamese, Korean, and even Chinese (you'll have to go to Chinatown for the more authentic version) all have wonderful vegetarian options. However, there are some really good fake meats that can be bought and substituted in traditional recipes - especially look for seitan (wheat gluten).

And remember, you don't have to stop eating meat "cold turkey" to have a positive impact on the environment. Every vegetarian meal you make or order helps a little.
Just do not get it

Bethpage, NY

#9 Sep 23, 2008
I'll make other concessions, but not this one. Veggies are for the vitamins, meat is the flavor/enjoyment part of the meal. I've tried some of the asian foods the article describes. I don't like the taste or texture and have no desire to change.

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