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Is Your Diet Destroying The Environment?

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By the Numbers: Did You Know…?

One Fifth:
The amount of all pastures and ranges turned to desert by overgrazing for meat.

One:
The number of meat-eating dogs it takes to match the carbon footprint of one gas guzzling SUV.

Three:
The number of hours of driving it takes to match the greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution of one kilogram of beef.

Twenty:
The number of vegetarians who could live on the same amount of land as one meat-eater.

Twelve Thousand:
The number of gallons of water needed to raise a single pound of beef (in the inefficient production methods often used in North America).

220 Billion:
The number of gallons of hormone-, antibiotic- and bacteria-laden animal waste dumped onto farmland and into waterways from meat factory farms.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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9:42AM PST on Nov 30, 2014

Industrial PHARMING is destroying the Environment with RoundUp Ready crops, Herbicides, Nitrate fertilizers, Anti-Biotic Resistant meats, Glyphosate is also Anti-Biotic. So those who are consuming Non-Organic soy products are part of the problem.

The Verbicide Commandments; that using Honey Bee's = Animal Exploitation = shooting yourself in the foot.

List of crop plants pollinated by bees - Wikipedia, the free ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crop_plants_pollinated_by_bees‎
Honey bees will pollinate many plant species that are not native to their natural habitat but are often inefficient pollinators of such plants. Some plants, such as ...

Making statements like this is a discredit to the vegan cry; 4. Water Usage:
Raising cattle for food is incredibly inefficient in terms of water. Meat production is different in different parts of the world but even the more efficient systems use 1,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef.

Really 1.500 gallons per pound? Oop's now it's 12,000 gallons on page 2; Twelve Thousand:
The number of gallons of water needed to raise a single pound of beef (in the inefficient production methods often used in North America).

Author Diana Herrington also states; Better than cows milk and yummy too: Almond Milk

There are 3,500 Food Miles for a quart of Almond Milk to reach my local Grocer, when there is cow & goat milk produced 5 miles from home. And Bee's are trucked across the Continental US to pollina

1:11PM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

This article is just another ad for Diane Herrington's website.

12:50PM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

Soon FOR SUSPICIOUS REASONS they will forbid us to fart!

5:54AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

i liked the information provided, the numbers part was quite revealing. there will always be meat eaters and one thing i'm kind of surprised you haven't mentioned is about how fishing can have an effect on the environment in a negative way too

12:30PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thank you for posting!
For so many reasons (environmental, animal cruelty, and health) people should stop eating meat or decrease its consumption!

8:55AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Could we, for the sake of clarity cease to use the term Global Warming, it only confuses the sheeple.

Try Global Climate Change (GCC), Anthropogeniic Climate Change is more to the point but it too is difficult for the sheeple to understand.

Think of it this way, a solar panel is a hot water panel, not a solar electric module. Trust, there is a difference, just as there is in the above paragraph.

8:53AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

I don't know, is it?

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/39na3.pdf

6:40PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Vegan people are not extremist,they are COHERENT people!

7:27PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

@Bonnie/Randi--it's not just a "personal choice" it is a choice that displays compassion, empathy and respect for all sentient beings. It is a choice that is gentler to the environment. It is a choice that is a more compassionate, caring, conscious one. No one is "pushing" anything. They are expressing their beliefs, experiences and concerns for animals, the environment and the future of humankind. No one has 'lost credibility' and vegans/vegetarians are NEVER going to stop stating our views and speaking out against the suffering of others or against the devastation of our environment. No one is forcing you to read these posts.

Also, personally, I don't mind being called an "extremist". I am also an "extremist" when fighting against child abuse, rape, spousal abuse, exploitation of humans or non humans, animal cruelty, racism, sexism, speciesism....etc...I am an extremist when ANY being is being exploited, harmed, or needlessly killed. I'm proud to be an "extremist". I don't believe in being half-assed about serious issues, therefore feel free to call me an 'extremist' because I will ALWAYS fight 100% to end the suffering of others.

Being vegan is better for human health, it is gentler to the environment, uses far less resources than animal agriculture, and it is the ultimate way to show genuine compassion, empathy and respect for animals.

10:16AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Thanks, Randi for this:
..those who choose a VEGGIE or VEGAN LIFESTYLE that is a personal choice----please stop pushing your personal chosen lifestyle onto the public as it has gotten old and lost credibility.
.. some of those who advocate certain lifestyles are often judgmental and unbearable extremists.. and believe they are the only group who have it right.

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