Raising animals for human consumption has a tremendous negative impact on our environment. Grazing animals such as cattle, sheep and goats release harmful gases into the atmosphere as part of their digestive process. The estimated number of cattle currently being farmed worldwide is 1.5 billion. Add to this number billions of other grazing animals, both livestock and wild, and the amount of harmful gas they contribute to global warming is off the charts.
This is far from the only environmental hazard that goes hand in hand with the livestock industry. In this episode, we take a look at what other dangers raising animals for human consumption poses to our planet and to us. We also discuss steps we can all take to help mitigate and even begin to reverse the damage.
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Here’s what we mention in this episode:
- National Read Across America Day
- Dr. Seuss’ Birthday — visit the Seussville website for fun activities and games for kids (and the kid in you!)
- Vegetarian Zen t-shirts
- Fat Sick & Nearly Dead DVD
- Forks Over Knives DVD
- Flip and Tumble Set of 5 Reusable Produce Bags
- Peak Fresh Re-Usable Produce Bags, Set of 10
- Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer
- A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) by George RR Martin
- Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro
- A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf
- Rainey Nights: A Rainey Bell Thriller by RE Bradshaw
Quote of the Week
In America today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops.
— Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.
— Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Recipe of the Week
[reminder]What are some ways you are kind to our environment?[/reminder]
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Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa