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9 reasons to stop eating meat for earth day

Posted by Trudy Prevost on April 23, 2016

this is an interesting article on eco reasons for being a vegetarian

There are tons of psychological reasons why many people still eat meat, from cultural affiliations to early formed habits, flavor preferences and more. Whether you’re flirting with vegetarianism or reaffirming your commitment to the cause, here are a handful of reasons to stop eating meat in honor of Earth, and everything that inhabits it.

Eating meat is downright bad for the environment. From water pollution to deforestation, our country’s meat consumption is wreaking havoc on Mama Earth. A 2009 study found that 80 percent of Amazon deforestation was linked to cattle farming, and factory farming methods are a notorious culprit for water pollution.

Eating meat can kill you. From heart disease to colon cancer, numerous studies have shown the deadly dangers of a meaty diet. Frequent meat consumers aren’t the only ones who should be worried. A Harvard study concluded that just one serving of red meat a day increases the risk of early death by 13 percent. 

Eating meat kills endangered animals. Cows and chickens aren’t the only ones at risk from our society’s carnivorous appetite. Researchers at Florida International University uncovered that meat consumption is the number one cause of species extinction due to habitat removal. Next time you order a burger, think about your furry friend the panda.

Eating meat depletes precious fossil fuels. Forget driving cars. Meat consumption is what takes up the majority of our fossil fuels.  To make matters worse, meat consumption is an inefficient use of these precious fuels. It takes eight times the fossil fuels to produce meat than to produce plant-based proteins.

Most meat is infested with bacteria. Because of our large-scale factory farming practice, the majority of the meat consumed across the country is riddled with bacteria. A 2013 report by the FDA found that of all the meat tested, 81 percent of ground turkey was contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Pork chops came in at a gross second, with a 69 percent infestation rate. Ground beef ranked at 55 percent and chicken brought up the rear with 39 percent.

Meat consumption is unsustainable. “Sustainability” has become a major buzz word, from coffee to chocolate and everything in between. Despite the interest in becoming more sustainable, many fail to realize (or choose to ignore) that eating meat is one of the least sustainable things you can do.  The large amount of energy meat production consumes has been shown to contribute to global warming, as well as a loss of important biodiversity, soil erosion, grassland destruction and more.

Meat consumption contributes to world hunger. Wait what? That’s right. While an estimated 56 million acres of land are producing feed for livestock, only 4 million are growing veggies for human consumption. A simple shift could equal much more food for the world population.

Meat contains harmful hormones. What does Europe know that we don’t? When it comes to meat consumption, the answer is, a lot. The European Union has repeatedly stated they want nothing to do with U.S. beef because it is pumped full of harmful, synthetic hormones known to increase risks of breast and prostate cancer. Yikes.

Its health dangers rival that of cigarette smoke. According to a 2013 study in the journal, Nutrientseating a diet heavy in meat is just as harmful to your health as smoking tobacco.

The easiest way to help out our planet is to cut meat from our diets. However, for many giving up meat completely is out of the question. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Reducing your daily consumption and consuming more consciously can help—but not as much as quitting, pardon the pun, cold turkey.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-reasons-to-stop-eating-meat-in-honor-of-earth-day.html

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The newest Oxford study on a vegetarian lifestyle

Posted by Trudy Prevost on March 24, 2016

The Oxford Vegetarian Study is a prospective study of 6000 vegetarians and 5000 nonvegetarian control subjects recruited in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1984.

Cross-sectional analyses of study data showed that vegans had lower total- and LDL-cholesterol concentrations than did meat eaters; vegetarians and fish eaters had intermediate and similar values.

Meat and cheese consumption were positively associated, and dietary fiber intake was inversely associated, with total-cholesterol concentration in both men and women.

After 12 years of follow-up, all-cause mortality in the whole cohort was roughly half that in the population of England and Wales (standardized mortality ratio, 0.46; 95% CI, 0.42, 0.51).

After adjusting for smoking, body mass index, and social class, death rates were lower in non-meat-eaters than in meat eaters for each of the mortality endpoints studied [relative risks and 95% CIs: 0.80 (0. 65, 0.99) for all causes of death, 0.72 (0.47, 1.10) for ischemic heart disease, and 0.61 (0.44, 0.84) for all malignant neoplasms].

The Oxford Vegetarian Study

 

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Eat Local! Eat Healthy! Eat Cassava!

Posted by Trudy Prevost on March 9, 2016

The Yoruba tribe described as having the highest percent chance of twins in the world eat the whole Cassava plant everyday. It is a staple of their diet

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Animals are Sentient Beings

Posted by Trudy Prevost on October 27, 2015

Elephant Community looking after their young!

Elephant Mommy

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Coal Pot Cafe

Posted by Trudy Prevost on October 20, 2015

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Coal Pot Café

This restaurant has been consistently providing delicious vegan, vegetarian and fish dishes for many years in Roseau. After over 10 years and many delightful meals I have never been disappointed. Looking back I cannot believe this is the first I have written about it.

I often run out of the house without anything to eat in the morning but I know Coal Pot Café will have whole wheat bakes and everything else I need to enjoy a healthy breakfast away from home.

Hot and tired and still got a lot to do in Roseau? Stop in at Coal Pot for a juice – they often have unsweetened and sweetened local juices – the open air café always offers a cool shady respite.

Need a wholesome healthy homemade fresh that day lunch?

Coal Pot Café!

Enjoy!

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Animals use tools

Posted by Trudy Prevost on July 13, 2015

 I grew up considering animals to be “dumb” – less sentient beings than humans – therefore we had the right to control and/or kill and eat them. They were not considered to have personalities; use tools or  have the capacity to build relationships.

Then Jane Goodall published a book in 1963 after years of observing chimpanzees in a national park in Tanzania. Due to the fact that she was NOT formally trained; she was open to a whole new aspect of animal study that experts of the day did believe existed. She observed  “close, supportive, affectionate social bonds” within families and communities of the chimpanzees she studied. She also observed behaviours such as hugs, kisses, pats on the back and even tickling. She saw that chimpanzees like humans each have a unique, individual personality, and  are capable of rational thought and emotions like joy and sorrow.  She also recorded their use of tools.

Monkeys who learn new techniques

Then experts said “OK” primates have some human like tendencies but not the others. Now as we become less and less ignorant of animal behaviour we realize they have a wide range of human like traits.

Recently an animal behaviour scientist in Australia decided to observe cows and see if they used tools. He observed various breeds of beef cattle at pasture on a variety of properties with a mind open to new aspects of animal study. He found they spend about 3% of their day grooming and preening themselves, even in the absence of parasites. They mainly use their tongues and hind hooves to groom the rear end of their bodies, but they also use inanimate objects like trees, branches, fence posts and stumps to get at areas they can’t reach. They’ll walk up to fallen tree limbs which have protruding branches and groom around their eyes,”. He concludes. “So they’re making very finely controlled motor movements to groom around sensitive parts of their body.”

The definition of tool use conventionally relies on an ability to hold and manipulate objects “These are animals that can’t pick things up and manipulate them, but nonetheless they are making decisions about what they are going to use to groom their bodies,” he says. “I’m postulating this could redefine our idea of tool use.

Kilgour compared grooming behaviour of beef cattle with undomesticated, but related, species including bison, water buffalo, banteng and eland. He found similar grooming patterns.

This suggests an evolutionary purpose for grooming, Kilgour says. For example, maintaining the integrity of their coat may protect against invasion by parasites, bacteria or grass seeds.

“If you find this behaviour occurs in closely related species you can say this confers some survival advantage on animals, therefore it’s a necessary behaviour,” he says.

“So in production systems, like feedlots, where we try to stop animals grooming because we don’t want to push the fence posts over, we may be thwarting what is a valuable natural behaviour.”

He says attempts to prevent grooming may therefore be misguided and a denial of the animal’s right to express normal behaviour, one of the central elements of animal welfare.

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Eating Less Meat to Reduce Osteoporosis Risk

Posted by Trudy Prevost on March 22, 2015

In the 1970’s a Physician in Toronto who promoted healthy lifestyles had a workshop on Osteoporosis. It was mind blowing for me.

I found out that the following things contribute to osteoporosis:

High levels of red meat in the diet.

Regular consumption of soda pop such as coke.

Lack of exercise – weight bearing exercise is needed to increase bone density.

Tobacco smoking is related to bone loss.

Alcohol consumption

Caffine consumption

Studies are proving we don’t need to drink milk every day to have strong bones; we can get our calcium in other ways

They have found vegan Tibetian nuns whose bones are very strong and now

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Vegans have 5 times less chance of having twins

Posted by Trudy Prevost on December 27, 2014

In 2006 a study was released on dietary factors and the incidence of twins.

To me it was interesting to note that the results of this study would be completely different just 20 years ago before the wide spread use of BGH.

It is also interesting to note that Canada and the EU do not allow BGH. Canada considers the devastating effects of BGH on the cattle makes it abusive.

This study worked with 3 groups of women – vegans; vegetarians and omnivores. They wanted to research factors on the cause of twins.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the possible biochemical effect of diet and heredity on the rates of monozygotic and dizygotic twinning.

RESULTS: Vegan women, who exclude dairy products from their diets, have a twinning rate which is one-fifth that of vegetarians and omnivores.

CONCLUSION: The results reported here support the proposed IGF model of dizygotic twinning. Genotypes favoring elevated IGF and diets including dairy products, especially in areas where growth hormone is given to cattle, appear to enhance the chances of multiple pregnancies due to ovarian stimulation.

I must wonder what else is a steady diet of growth hormones doing to our bodies?

 

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Zion Train Express presents Nature Island Rootz Party Thursdays

Posted by Trudy Prevost on November 27, 2014

NATURE ISLAND ROOTZ PARTY

ITES GREEN AND GOLD

Thursday Nights at Harlem Plaza

Zion Train Express is now closed. We miss you Nelly in so many ways.

“…..rocking to the sweet sounds of DJ Yardee the Rootz man Specialist…..great Hightal food..good friends .and just niceness all around….one love family see you there choooo choooo” ~ Nellie Shtarre

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The food is delicious fresh healthy  vegan/vegetarian natural food based. The music is conscious reggae. Airy open venue in Newtown; child friendly; dance to your hearts content.

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“If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be vegetarian.”

Posted by Trudy Prevost on September 25, 2014

Paul McCartney narrates powerful documentary about factory farmed animals and how we can help animals and the environment by adopting a plant-based diet.

 

 

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