The biggest cause of global warming that nobody’s talking about LAST UPDATED: 21 August 2015 Even if Prime Minister Tony Abbott hasn’t come around to the idea yet, most of us would agree that if we want planet Earth to sustain life for generations to come, we need cleaner energy. We need cleaner energy to fuel our cars, our homes, our cities… If advances in green tech can overcome these challenges, we will have solved a big piece of the climate puzzle. But not all the big pieces… What about the energy we use to fuel our bodies? Turns out, this is the biggest question of all. What makes animal agriculture so inefficient? Efficiency 101: Farmed animals consume more food than they produce. That doesn’t even begin to address the damaging greenhouse gas emissions released from the millions upon millions of ‘food’ animals belching and farting all day long. So why is nobody talking about it? The good news is that people are now starting to talk about it. So it is being talked about. Slaughter-free meat cultured in a lab could help solve the climate crisis
MonsantoWatch Nicolette Hahn Niman: Avoiding Factory Farm Foods: An Eater's Guide Most people share at least the following traits: they want to be healthy; they like animals; and they value clean air and water. Yet relatively few Americans connect those concerns with their food. As more people start making the link (especially if they've seen graphic video footage of industrial animal operations), many decide it's time to stop eating foods from factory farms. I've been a vegetarian for more than twenty years. Nine years ago, I had just started working as an environmental lawyer for Robert F. Initially, realizing that Bobby was asking me to work full-time on poop, I hesitated. I loved the job and threw myself into it, body and soul. To avoid the products of factory farms, I became something of a food detective. Three years later, I was still fighting factory farms but had moved across the country from New York to California. General advice: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Where to look: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. What to look for with all animal based foods: 1. 2. 3. 2. 3. 4. By category:
The fertile fringe THERESE Schreurs’ celery farm is about to be buried under concrete and bitumen — and she couldn’t be happier. Two of her family’s properties at Clyde, near Cranbourne, are among some of Melbourne’s key market gardens rezoned in 2010 for the city’s newest south-eastern suburb. Casey Council resisted the move, arguing that the sandy loam soils that produce much of Melburnians’ daily greens should be set aside for growing food, not houses. Therese Schreurs and her husband Tom (pictured) disagreed. “The general public talks about suburbs gobbling up farming land. Food bowl. Tension over the development of Victoria’s most productive horticultural areas at Clyde is just one crack opened by an emerging faultline in Australian public policy over farmland and how we use it. The Victorian debate has focused on the loss of farmland to sprawl and subdivision, and the clash between working farmers and their new lifestyle neighbours. The Schreurs intend to stay in the food business. Find out now!
Label GMOs, Genetically Modified Foods - California Committee For The Right to Know - A 2012 Ballot Initiative Campaign Fact: GMO's have not been proven safe, and the long-term health risks on humans of genetically modified foods have not been adequately investigated. We have a Right to Know What's in our Food We Currently Eat Genetically Engineered Food, But Don’t Know It A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, and is experimental. The correct scientific term is "transgenics," and is also often referred to as (GE) genetically engineered. Example: Genetically Modified corn has been engineered in a laboratory to produce pesticides in its own tissue. The Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods Are Unclear There have been NO long-term studies conducted on the safety of genetically engireed foods on humans. A Simple Proposition for California in 2012
Frequently Asked Questions - FOOD INGREDIENTS -- The Vegetarian Resource Group Click here to view our most current ingredient information: Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Food Ingredients, now online in its entirety Our Guide to Food Ingredients is very helpful in deciphering ingredient labels. Many of the following answers were provided by research gathered for the guide. The Guide to Food Ingredients lists the uses, sources, and definitions of 200 common food ingredients. The guide also states whether the ingredient is vegan, typically vegan, vegetarian, typically vegetarian, typically non-vegetarian, or non-vegetarian. The guide is available for $6. (Editor's note: The purpose of our food ingredient research is intended to educate people to enable them to make informed decisions about the foods that they choose to eat. *The contents of this brochure and our other publications are not intended to provide personal medical advice. What is B-12 derived from? B-12, when used to fortify foods, is generally synthetic or fungal in origin. What are "natural flavors"?
"Free Range" Is Still Factory Farming Every year billions of animals are raised and killed for human consumption. On today’s high-production farms, animals are crammed into tiny cages or crowded pens, unable to express natural behaviors, see sunlight, or even breathe fresh air. Farm animals undergo painful mutilations and surgical procedures performed without anesthetic that would be illegal if performed on cats or dogs. In fact, 30 U.S. states have enacted laws that specifically exempt farm animals from certain parts of their anti-cruelty statutes. Thereby certain acts, no matter how cruel, are outside the realm of legal protection as long as the acts are deemed accepted, common, customary, or normal farming practices. Happy Farm Animals Responding to growing concerns over farm animal treatment, some meat, egg, and milk producers have introduced products that claim their animals are treated humanely. Recently, the American Humane Association (AHA) introduced its own “Free Farmed” labeling program. Inherent Cruelties Pigs
Jevons paradox Jevons paradox (also known as the rebound effect) is the observation that greater energy efficiency, while in the short-run producing energy savings, may in the long-run result in higher energy use. It was first noted by the British economist W. Stanley Jevons, in his book The Coal Question published in 1865, where he argued that “it is a confusion of ideas to suppose that the economical use of fuel is equivalent to diminished consumption. Further Reading Alcott, B. 2005. Citation Herring, H. (2011).