Environmental Reasons to Eat Less Meat

Everyone knows it’s healthier for humans to eat less meat and more vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts but did you know it’s also healthier for the environment?  We need to be good stewards of the earth that God has provided for us.
1. Save our Air – Reduce global warming 
    Worldwide consumption of meat is rising causing rainforest destruction and increasing greenhouse gases.  Rainforests are the earth’s filters and by cutting them down to make more pasture land for livestock, we are destroying one of the best methods of dealing with excess pollutants.  Methane gases produced by livestock and CO2 produced by the related machinery are a huge percentage of the greenhouse gases contributing to global warming.
2. Save our land
    30% of our earth’s land surface is used for livestock.  This is 70% of all agricultural land use.  If we could reduce these numbers for livestock not only would it help prevent deforestation and erosion from overgrazing but it would help feed people around the world.  The grain alone used to feed the world’s livestock could feed 800 million people.
3. Save our water
    It takes 2500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef.  With clean water being such a precious commodity wouldn’t it make more sense to use this same amount of water to produce 50 pounds of wheat?  In addition, the pollution from the runoff of livestock manure and the antibiotics and hormones they are given severely harm our delicate river and stream ecosystems.  Our oceans are vulnerable also to the unsustainable fishing industry practices that contribute to pollution and over fishing that depletes the biodiversity of  75% of our earth’s surface.
If there’s only one thing you can do:
Try cutting back on the amount of meat you eat.  Vegetarians (those who eat no meat or fish) can get all the protein and nutrients they need by eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and dairy products and this in fact has been shown to be a healthier diet.  We aren’t asking you to go cold turkey (pun intended) but if everyone reduced the amount of meat they ate it would have a huge impact on our health as well’s as our earth’s health.  With access to the internet you have thousands of recipes at your fingertips if you just search for “easy vegetarian meals”, www.foodgawker.com is one of my favorite websites for all recipes.  Here are a couple simple recipes to get you started.
Spinach Black Bean Lasagna
10 lasagna noodles – cooked
1 or 2 cans of beans – drained and rinsed
16 oz. frozen chopped spinach – thawed and drained
15 oz. cottage cheese
4 Tbs. parmesan cheese
Favorite pasta sauce
spices to your taste
Mozzarella for topping
*Cook lasagna noodles, mix together beans, spinach and cheeses.  In 9 x 13 pan, layer noodles, filling and then sauce, repeat once.  Cook at 375 until bubbly about 30 minutes.  Top with mozzarella, cook til melted.
Caribbean Rice and Beans
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 onion
2 bell peppers
1 jalapeno (optional)
2 garlic cloves – minced
2 cans beans – drained and rinsed
2 Tbs. vinegar
5-10 dashes of Tabasco
3 cups cooked rice (1 cup raw) – cooked in water or veggie broth
spices to your taste
*In large pan, heat oil and saute onions, peppers and garlic for 2 minutes. Add beans, vinegar, Tabasco and spices and simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir in rice and then serve.
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TOMORROW!

Saturday, May 25 –Global March Against Monsanto  Join the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees as tens of thousands of anti-GMO (genetically-modified organisms) activists take to the streets around the world to protest deceitful actions of the biotech industry, including Monsanto and ArborGen.

Location: Pack Square Park
Time: 2 pm

 

As a follow-up to the genetically engineered crops that we learned about in Food Inc. and Carol Koury spoke about on October 17, there is now a new threat – Genetically Engineered Trees. The USDA is considering allowing Arborgen to plant millions of acres of plantations across the southern U.S. These plantations, reaching from Texas to South Carolina, where the company is based, could destroy forest diversity, kill wildlife, exacerbate droughts, feed fire storms, and spread quickly with the help of cold-resistant gene modification.

 

“Genetically engineered trees, with the potential to transfer pollen for hundreds of miles carrying genes for traits including insect resistance, herbicide resistance, sterility and reduced lignin, thus have the potential to wreak ecological havoc throughout the world’s native forests.”

Dr. David Suzuki, The Suzuki Foundation

 

Bee Population

Thank you to Creation Care member, Char Frellick for passing on this information! If you have articles and information to share, please call or email Penny Gibbs in the church office.

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Scientists hot on the trail of the cause behind the massive global bee die-off have unearthed a slew of evidence on the devastation across the food chain caused by the most widely-used pesticide on Earth, neonicotinoids. Once they enter the water supply, neonicotinoids wipe out dragonflies, snails and other waterborne life. The few hardy species that survive are left so toxic that they’re killing birds — and Lowe’s and Home Depot are putting this toxic product right in our back yards.

The European Food Safety Authority just imposed a two-year ban on neonicotinoids. It’s a bold step taken to avert a new Silent Spring. With up to a third of all honeybees vanishing each winter, beekeepers are saying that we are “on the brink” of not being able to pollinate all our crops.

Lowe’s and Home Depot still stock their shelves with neonicotinoid pesticides, spreading the ecosystem-destroying toxin to homes and gardens across the United States. As consumers, we need to demand that these retailers pull the devastating pesticides from the shelves.

Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop stocking neonicotinoids.

Bayer and other pesticide manufacturers are shoveling cash at lobbyists in order to continue selling their poisonous products. But we’re not here to protect corporate profits, we’re here to protect our ecosystem to ensure our future. The first thing we need to do is take this devastating toxin out of our own neighborhoods.

One of the reasons these pesticides are so toxic is that they don’t simply coat the surface — neonicotinoids are absorbed into the plant itself. Scientists believe honeybees that stop by later to pollinate the crops accrue a lethal dose in their systems as they wander from flower to flower. Research suggests that the neurotoxin scrambles their system of navigation and other critical parts of the bee’s brains. Even when it doesn’t kill the bees outright, neonicotinoids alter immune system function in bees, making them more vulnerable to parasitic infections that are spreading through bee populations like wildfire.

Major retailers don’t care what type of pesticides they sell, only what type of pesticides their customers will buy. If we send Lowe’s and Home Depot, the nation’s two largest home-and-garden superstores, a loud, clear message, we can get these toxic products off their shelves and out of our back yards — and get smaller retailers around the country to follow suit.

Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to get rid of the bee-killing neonicotinoids.

Thank you for being one of us,

Claiborne and the team at SumOfUs.org

WALK

Small Is Beautiful
The idea for the WALK originated with a small group of insanely optimistic, highly committed and determined climate activists who live in Asheville, North Carolina. There are millions of you like us living elsewhere, and we have connected with those in the Washington and Maryland area who are joining us as organizers of the WALK.  Although some of us are professional activists, most are ordinary citizens:  teachers, artists, health care professionals, public servants, faith leaders and business people. Many are parents, grand parents and some even great grand parents.

While the WALK originated as a statement from elders, many of the organizers are younger, and the WALK will be inter-generational. The wisdom to protect the future of our air, land, water and climate knows no age discrimination. We hope that with your participation and financial help we can engage the energies of a multitude of like-minded citizens across the United States and Canada. 

350.org
Sierra Club (both national and the Maryland Chapter)
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light
Interfaith Moral Action on Climate


2013 Walk for Our Grandchildren  372 Sharon Rd  Fairview, NC, 28730