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6 Easy Vegetarian Recipes To Save The World

6 Easy Vegetarian Recipes To Save The World

UPDATE: Now you can read these easy recipes at: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/tag/farmers-market-cooking-show

Looking for some new recipes to spice up your summer cooking? In the hot summer sun, there’s nothing like fresh fruits and veggies from your local farmers market. Check out Care2′s farmers market cooking videos for some simple recipe ideas. 

But did you know that you are helping to make the world a better place by cooking vegetarian as well? Vegetarian dishes are not only healthy and delicious, but they also reduce the risk of cancers, heart disease and strokes.

And it doesn’t end there — the environmental benefits of eating vegetarian are enormous. You help reduce the pollution from animal agriculture and preserve topsoil, freshwater and fossil fuels. You help relieve world hunger by using grains, soybeans and other crops more efficiently. You help conserve valuable ecosystems and wildlife habitats by reducing deforestation. Finally, you save livestock from poor factory farm conditions and inhumane slaughters. Animal agriculture is one of the largest contributors to worldwide environmental degradation. So why not try these recipes and play a part in saving the world?

Watch Jen Dalton walk you through these yummy recipes in just a few quick steps:

1. Broccoli Soup
2. Cucumber Dip with Fresh Dill
3. Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad
4. Radish Salad with Mustard
5. Grilled Cheese with Spring Onions
6. Sautéed Artichokes

If you’d rather read the recipes instead of watching the videos, check out this link in Care2′s Healthy and Green Living.

You can’t go wrong with these recipes, and perhaps they will inspire new ones. Got any more ideas or suggestions? How else do you think being vegetarian benefits our world? Spread the word, and get involved with the Love Your Farmers Market Contest sponsored by Care2 and LocalHarvest.org!

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7:11AM PDT on Jul 30, 2009

While I don´t disagree that a vegetarian diet can help to resolve many health and environmental issues, as with everything in this complex world, it is a bit of an over simplification to assume that one action can save the world. For example, in Paraguay, the growth of consumption of soy has created a large agribusiness industry, boosting the GDP making it very attractive, but involving the use of massive amounts of unregulated pesticides which contaminate the surrounding areas and potentially one of the world´s largest aquifers. In addition, the surrounding communities of small farmers have suffered tremendous repression and violence due to land issues. Clearly eating local produce and knowing its origin can help address some of these problems, but we still need to understand some of the related issues before we consider one solution a panacea.

9:32AM PDT on Jul 29, 2009

I tried to click the link to read the recipes and nothing showed but a blank page with a few tabs at the top, none of which were the recipes. Too bad! I eat "vegetarian" most of the time for these very reasons. It is sad that an environmental vegetarian
outlook is discounted by "real" vegetarians, who see the animal rights perspective as superceding all others in the vegetarian food choice. I advocate their right to that choice of perspective/philosophy/lifestyle, but I wonder if that limitation of scope prevents some people from more fully embracing that "lifestyle/dietary" option.

11:20AM PDT on Jul 25, 2009

So, how, Exactly will these yummy recipes "Save the World"?

I missed that part of the article, I guess.

8:10AM PDT on Jul 23, 2009

Mary G, domestic farm animals are bred purely for human exploitation therefore it would obviously be more ethical to not breed them any more at all . The planet doesnt need farm animals and its far better for them not to exsist rather than exsist purely to suffer. The dairy cows you speak of are far from content, it is common for modern dairy cows to produce 100 pounds of milk a day— 10 times more than they would produce in nature. To keep milk production as high as possible, farmers artificially inseminate cows every year. The calves are as much a part of the milk industry as the milk. Growth hormones and unnatural milking schedules cause dairy cows udders to swell many times their size. This causes frequent infections such as mastitus which results in there being a minimum of 1% somatic cells in all milk (In other words there is pus in all milk!). A cows natural lifespan is 25 years yet dairy cows are exhausted by 3-5 years old and often sent to slaughter pregnant. They know they are pregnant and they fight for their life and that of their calves often remaining conscious during "processing" dont believe me then watch this footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWUZDwYlbg8
She is still alive, its a harsh reality but the truth needs to be known so that people actually stop supporting this corrupt industry.
The unborn calf is then ripped still conscious from their dying mother and then the baby is processed alive.
I dont find this acceptable and neither should y

7:47AM PDT on Jul 23, 2009

Provided there are enough in a group to protect themselves and reproduce, "domesticated" animals are able to do just fine in the wild. How else do you explain the Chincoteague ponies (or any wild horse or pony in this country (USA). Other examples are a group of cows who escaped a farmer in CA. http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-os- cows06dec06?page=1 This article talks about how these cows not only escaped, but had managed for 5 years (in 2005) to elude authorities who had been trying to capture them. The article also mentions pigs who had escaped and gone feral. There are many other stories like these all over the world, including a flock of chickens roaming close to my house. Even though we have dozens of dogs roaming loose around here and coyotes, these chickens seem to thrive without ANY human intervention. So when anyone says that domesticated animals would go extinct without the aid of humans, they obviously haven't done their homework. Unlike most of us humans, animals have survival instincts that will simply never be bred out of them.

7:48PM PDT on Jul 22, 2009

Going vegetarian may not save the world, however it is a good start and will lead to other changes. Imagine a world where no creature is abused, exploited or horribly slaughtered. One can dream.....

10:10AM PDT on Jul 22, 2009

I agree that vegetarianism will help save the world and feed the hungry people.

8:37AM PDT on Jul 22, 2009

I'd like to put emphasis on the local aspect....if one goes vegetarian but buy mostly fruit/veg flown halfway around the world, the environment is not always the better for it. But it's very complicated...someone did a study that showed that strawberries grown in winter in a British greenhouse (high energy) have a smaller carbon footprint than those flown in, in season, from New Zealand.

6:17AM PDT on Jul 22, 2009

Going Vegan AND reducing the population together would save the world. The ever increasing human population is the cause of most of our environmental problems & the loss of habitat for other animals on this small blue planet. The elephants & all others are being pushed into smaller & smaller spaces as humans gobble up more & more land to feed themselves & their too large families.

The population in the West is dropping & could make a difference but the population in the Middle East, Africa & Asia is growing too fast. These peoples must be educated about the need to stop breeding, especially since so many of them can't feed the children they already have.

If the earth had half the population it now has we would have so much less pollution, water shortages wouldn't be a problem like it is now, deforestation would be slowed way down, human sewage would be greatly reduced in our streams, rivers, lakes & oceans. Carbon emissions would be reduced enough to maybe save the planet & future generations, but as it is now, those children & grandchildren of those being born now will inherit a bleak & ravaged world. They will curse our generation for our selfishness & for not stopping the population growth, pollution, deforestation, habitat loss & desertification that is happening so fast now.

Eat Vegan & have no more than one child, if any, & we can save the world. Having more than 1 child is pure selfishness &

4:43AM PDT on Jul 22, 2009

>A large and grateful thank you.

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