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Eat Less Meat

You don't have to give up your steak or pork chops. You just might want to eat them less often or in smaller portions. Aside from this being a good move for your health, it can take a lot of strain off the environment. "We devote well over half of our cropland to growing food for animals that we eat, and we're artificially watering these crops with water that can't be replaced. Additionally, the animal waste is not put through a sewage-treatment plant, so all the antibiotics and hormones given to the animals can end up in our streams and rivers," explains Gussow.

Another benefit of mixing it up is that with the money you save, you can probably afford to buy organic meat. Generally, all organic meats come from animals raised chemical-, antibiotic-, and hormone-free (hormones, by the way, are federally banned from all poultry and pigs). These animals also had room to move and exercise and were fed organic feed. For cattle, however, this last requirement is controversial, since they don't naturally eat grain, pesticide-free or not. It's difficult for them to digest, so conventionally raised livestock are given antibiotics and other drugs to prevent and treat infection. In addition to certified organic, shop for beef labeled 100 percent grass-fed, says Mary Jo Forbord, RD, an organic cattle farmer in western Minnesota. "The labeling law for grass-fed has become exacting in its requirements," she explains. "The animals have to be raised on a diet of 100 percent grass or forage and given continuous access to pasture."

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VeganMonster wrote:

I agree with both of you! Raising animals for food uses unheard of amounts of the planets resources so this is not something you can ignore if you truly care about the planet! Don't believe me? Please research this! And alexkoy- being a vegetarian is a great start but if you're doing it because you care about animals then you should definitely consider transitioning in a vegan, the completely cruelty-free decision! Let's all show God's earth and animals the respect they deserve!

3/10/2012 09:00:55 PM Report Abuse
nconner6 wrote:

Couldn't agree with alexkoy more! To get more greens go here: www.charleneralph.vemma.com/

11/24/2011 05:08:29 PM Report Abuse
alexkoy wrote:

I READ THE ARTICLE ABOUT EATING GREEN..WHEN SOMEBODY WANTS TO TURN GREEN ITS MOST IMPORTANT TO BECOME A VEGETERIAN..NOT ONLY BECAUSE ITS GOOD FOR THE ENVIROMENT,BUT ALSO BECAUSE ECO LIFE INCLUDES RESPECT FOR ANIMALS..THAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOUR ARTICLE FORGOT TO MENTION

2/8/2010 12:46:29 AM Report Abuse

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