Monday, April 22, 2013

Help the Environment – Go Veg

It’s earth day today. Now, we all know that there are so many things that we can do to help the Earth and make it a healthy, great place to live for everyone. But, there is one thing that has the biggest impact on helping the environment: going vegetarian or vegan. Now, you *might* be saying I’m crazy right about now. Because maybe you’re thinking that recycling or composting or organic gardening are great ways. But let me tell you some of the things that eating meat can do, and list many of the great things that being veg can do for the environment. I’m not going to include anything graphic in this post, but I have included links to websites at the end that I feel you should check out. Be warned, some of the sites may have graphic content or links to graphic content, so if you don’t want to click on some of the links, please don’t. This post contains strictly some basic information about why I feel you should go veg!

Why eating meat can be bad for the environment:

•Raising cattle for food causes a lot of methane to be released into the environment and contributes to the thinning of the ozone layer:
The higher the demand for meat, the more methane that gets released into the air. That means that since so many US folks love to eat meat, there are a lot of slaughterhouses raising cows who’s farts (there’s no other way to say that) release methane into the environment. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization did a study that estimates that roughly 17-18 % of all greenhouse emissions come from raising cattle. Just to compare, that’s more than gets released in greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. So, the less demand for meat, the less greenhouse emissions there will be.

•Lots of trees are being cut down to make room for more pasture land for animals
I think that this should be an obvious one, but in case it isn’t, let me remind you: trees create oxygen. Oxygen is an essential part of life for us humans. Plus, there are a lot of animals that make their natural habitat in the trees that are being cut down. So, when we continue to cut down tons of trees, we risk those species of animals becoming endangered or going extinct. That means that other animals who rely on the extinct animals for food could go extinct and so on and so forth. That leads to a lot of extinction, all for the sake of human appetite.

•Livestock production damages the soil and nearby water sources.
Livestock production makes use of millions of gallons of pesticides and insecticides each year. These seep into the soil and contaminate nearby waterways and water sources. The conversion of forest lands into pasture lands is also the top cause of soil erosion in the globe. Since cattle and other livestock depend on shallow-rooted grass for their food, the top soil of pasture lands are often extremely eroded. The degree of pollution and soil erosion caused by livestock production not only threatens the environment, but also constitutes a threat to the lives of nearby communities. (quoted from http://www.greatgreenidea.com/Why-Eating-Meat-is-Bad-for-the-Environment.html).

•The transportation and processing of meat products leaves a high carbon footprint.
Since livestock farms are located away from cities and urban centers, their transportation to these cities cover long distances which translate into high fuel consumption as well as high carbon emissions. Once in the cities, the meat undergoes a series of processes involving strong chemicals which are meant to lengthen the meat's shelf life. Some would say that most other food products such as vegetables and fruits bear the same transportation and processing costs. Unlike vegetables and fruits, however, you can't grow meat in your own backyard. (quoted from http://www.greatgreenidea.com/Why-Eating-Meat-is-Bad-for-the-Environment.html).

Amount of U.S. grain fed to farm animals: 70%

Pounds of corn and soy required to produce just one pound of pork: nearly 7

Water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 14 gallons

Water needed to produce a pound of meat: 441 gallons

Of all water used for all purposes in the United States, more than half goes to: livestock production
(taken from the chooseveg website)

Why being veg is good for the environment:

Consider This

If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would save:
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100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months;
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1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year;
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70 million gallons of gas -- enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined with plenty to spare;
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3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware;
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33 tons of antibiotics.

If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would save:
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100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months;
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1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year;
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70 million gallons of gas -- enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined with plenty to spare;
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3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware;
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33 tons of antibiotics.
(found at the following website: http://www.alternet.org/story/134650/the_startling_effects_of_going_vegetarian_for_just_one_day)

Those are the positive things that would happen if everyone went vegetarian just for one day (that doesn’t even include all the good things that would happen if you went vegan.) Now, the question is: is eating meat really worth it if it destroys the environment?

Some websites you have to check out:
http://www.greatgreenidea.com/Why-Eating-Meat-is-Bad-for-the-Environment.html
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-and-environment.aspx
http://www.chooseveg.com/conservation.asp
http://www.happycow.net

Books You Have to read:
Being Vegetarian, by Suzanne Havala
Becoming Vegan, by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina
Mad Cowboy, Howard F. Lyman
The China Study,
Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosserman
365 Good Reasons to Be a Vegetarian,by Victor Parachin
The New Moosewood Cookbook, by Mollie Katzen
Veganomicon, by Isa Chandra Moscowits

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Help the Earth: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I like to create posts every year around Earth Day to help people learn about the things they can do to help out the earth. So, here's my push for you all to reduce, reuse, recycle!

This is a common topic: everyone’s heard the phrase Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Well, in case you’ve heard that saying but don’t really know why it’s good to do it, I’m going to give you a few reasons:

Reduce and Reuse: You can do many things to reduce your consumption and reuse items. You can give hand me down clothes or buy reusable bags for groceries. The ideas that the EPA’s website recommends are:

•Buy used. You can find everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new.
•Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money.
•Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.
•Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires, and appliances, so that they won't have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.
•Borrow, rent, or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools, or furniture.

Recycling: Recycling is another great way to help the earth. When you recycle, your old plastic bottles, glass bottles or paper gets made into something new. That way new trees don’t need to be cut down, new plastic doesn’t need to be created and we throw away less items (so they won’t sit in landfills…)

•Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators;
•Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals;
•Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to collect new raw materials;
•Saves energy;
•Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change;
•Helps sustain the environment for future generations;
•Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Finds - Earth Day

Friday Finds: Earth Day
This week, I wanted to do a Friday Finds for Earth day! I've featured items that are brown, green or otherwise earthy in nature. Enjoy these lovely, earthy items from the talented members of the EtsyVeg team.




Azurite and Copper Spiral Earrings by Art by Susmitha




Easter Bunny Soft Toy. Natural cream organic cotton with brown trees fabric. by Edward and Lilly




Tree Block Silhouette 50 - Original Acrylic Painting by Jens Art shop




Evergreen Natural Pine Soap by Krug's Ecologic




Bloom in Blue... Sterling Flower Pendant by BellaTuJewelry




Retro Owl Pin by Vegancraftastic


Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Finds - Green with Envy

This week, I decided to do a Friday Finds on all stuff green! So, check out these fantastic green items from our fab EtsyVeg team members!




Chili Pepper Pirate on Green Onesie Size 6 to 12 Months by PandaWithCookie




Cute Vintage Dark Forest Green Retro Travel Bag by ArksEndeavors




Kids T-Shirt: Green with Batik Peace Sign (4) MADE IN USA by PeaceBabyBatiks





Green Leaf and Moss Scarf by Sugarknits





Green Goddess Small Size Eyeshadow by MineralLove




Crochet coaster set, facial scrubbies, green coasters, crochet face scrubbies by TheStitchandFold




Pinback Button - Eat More Plants by EatYourVegTees

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

VEGAN Native American Foods Recipes!

 Do you love green chilis?  Do you know the Three Sisters of American Indian traditional foods?  If not... watch below, cook and EAT!

Corn, Squash & Beans - the 3 Sisters
The marvelous medical pioneers of health, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has a section devoted to encouraging Indians to adopt a plant-based diet to combat their formidable diabetes numbers.  Using PCRM's Power Plate principles Chef Lois Ellen Frank, of Kiowa descent, does a marvelous demonstration on how to make No Fry bread with Three Sisters Saute and Green Chili Sauce to die for.   It's so quick and easy you can even make it on a "school night".  My kids LOVE this stuff.  Try it!


The recipes are at the bottom of the accompanying article.

Spread the love and re-blog, FB and Tweet this fabulous good stuff:-)

For all y'all gardeners - here's how you grow it from  the Sustainable North Florida website:


Sunday, April 7, 2013

April Earth Day Challenge

You are cordially invited to play, get more involved with the team, get inspired, share your talent, take advantage of some free promotion... get ready for April's team creative challenge!

April's Challenge

Our theme is Earth Day! With this being April, it is the perfect time to share some fun items that you think are Earthy and awesome! You
are welcome to join in with any item you feel represents "earthday". The theme is very subjective. It can be ANY item that you feel fits that theme! Any color, style, shape or any other thing that fits that theme is welcome to be entered!

Each month's challenge entries will be listed on the blog and put up
for public vote, the winner receiving an ad for their shop on the team
for the entire month following. :) Every 6 months, all 6 winners from
the last series of challenges will be put up for a vote together, the
top vote getter winning a grand prize! Yay!

Please join in our creative celebration for this month! Here's how to
enter...

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*Challenge Guidelines*

~Participation is open to any EtsyVeg team member.

~Each member may enter one item. Entry involves simply posting the
link to an applicable item in your Etsy shop in June's monthly
challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag
"earthday" (all one word, without the quotations). You must
also have your entry tagged with the official team tag, "etsyveg team."

~If an item entered in the challenge sells before the end of the
month, please send a convo to the EtsyVeg Etsy shop, including the
link to the sold item, so that it can still be included.

~Deadline for entry is April 30th.

~All entries will be featured in a treasury on the EtsyVeg blog at the
beginning of next month, to be voted on by the public (EtsyVeg members
can vote, too). The top vote-getter will be awarded with an ad for
their Etsy shop on the top of the blog sidebar for the entire month
until the next winner is chosen. At the end of six months, all winners
from the past six months will be up for vote on the blog again, this
time eligible to win a grand prize gift!

~All EtsyVeg members (not just participants) are encouraged throughout
the month to initiate forum threads about the challenge, make
treasuries by doing a tag search for "etsyveg team" with
"earthday" and putting only those items in the treasury, or to
generate other types of promotion. (If you do any of these, please let everyone know
so that we can all post or click to keep it going!)

~Please direct concerns or questions to Maggie of magglepie, or send an email to
etsyveg@gmail.com.

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The EtsyVeg Monthly Challenge is meant to inspire, recognize, and
promote team members and our shops; to spread the word about vegan/
vegetarian lifestyles and living consciously; and to raise awareness
about the ease of eco-friendly living and the rights of animals to
live free of exploitation.

~*Happy creating!*~

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dark Cocoa Hot Cocoa


Have you made yourself a cup of DARK hot cocoa yet?  If not, you simply MUST!  Remember the magical powers of Vianne's spicy hot cocoa in Chocolat?  Well... here's a delicious vegan version you can try:

RECIPE

2T. Dark Cocoa Powder*
Sprinkle Cayenne Pepper
Sprinkle Cinnamon
1T. Agave Nectar
1/2t. Stevia (optional - only if you wish it to be sweeter)
 8oz. Almond milk

Pour powder and spices in a small pan and wisk to break up the chunks.  Pour in milk and sweeteners and wisk on Med-High heat until ready to drink!
*If you're a devout chocoholic try 3T or more:-)

Enjoy.  Maybe even with a dollop of whipped coconut cream