:new::bulletblue: Eating less meat....apparently good for the environment!
Forbes' contributor article - www.forbes.com/sites/michellem… - how looking at meat production cannot be sustained with current population growth.
Synthetic or test tube meat - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_vitro…, one of the related articles is Soylent Green :lol: )

:bulletblue: Is it established that the environmental cost of farming cattle outweighs the environmental cost of growing plants for food?
:bulletblue: Would you eat test tube/synthetic meat? What are the issues in your mind?


:? Why should we do anything?
The defining factor about how much rubbish we produce is determined by what we purchase. ;)

~:target: Solutions :target:~

:bulletblue: Community food cooperatives - take your existing containers and fill it up. No excess packaging. ;)
For example - Alfalfa House - you weigh your empty container, write the weight on it (so you don't pay for the container - they deduct the container weight from the total weight), and then fill it up from the bulk bins of food in the store. Alfalfa House deals with mostly organic products as well - which are more expensive than non-organic (but organic has a lot more nutrition, so think of it as more bang for your buck and you don't need to eat as much) - and organic here is MUCH cheaper than something you can get from the health food store.
:thumbsup: No excess packaging. Produce bought directly from farms. A great model for sustainable living.
:thumbsdown: Need to check if one is in your area! :noes:

:bulletblue: Reusable shopping bags - to minimise plastic bag use.
:thumbsup: It's sustainable, and there's no waste.  
:thumbsup: Can be stylish as well, for example, Yuumei's Seasonal Eco Bags.
:thumbsdown: Need to buy in the first place.
:thumbsdown: Sometimes people want plastic bags to line their rubbish, but this need is removed if you have access to cornstarch bags, which act like plastic but are made of a natural non-toxic product. It's also possible to keep wrapping up trash in old newspapers.

:bulletblue: Recycled products - like recycled toilet paper, recycled tissues, recycled paper towels.
:thumbsup: Minimise the number of trees being harvested, and most likely made from clean office waste.   
:thumbsdown: More expensive, sometimes doesn't look as white as non-recycled counterparts.

:bulletblue: Reduce pollution - use conditioner instead of shampoo (fewer chemicals)

:bulletblue: Source local food - be more locavoire, instead of buying imported products.
:thumbsup: It's fresher, cheaper, and you're supporting local farmers.
:thumbsup: Seasonal fruits and vegies have a balancing effect in our body.
:thumbsdown: It might be a challenge to source some, but once you've found it, it should be easy.

:bulletblue: Organic produce - produce grown without use of pesticides. Those pesticides have got to go somewhere - whether it's in our body, or washed away into rivers. Besides... with natural selection, it means that insects become resistant to pesticides, and thus more toxic pesticides have to be used.
:thumbsup: Our own body doesn't have to spend energy to get rid of the pesticides. It's healthier.
:thumbsup: There are more minerals and vitamins in organic foods, so you don't need to eat as much.
:thumbsup: Organic produce is becoming more popular - it can appear in supermarkets, or you may have an organic health food cooperative near you, or there may be weekly organic markets that are accessible.
:thumbsdown: It is more expensive... need to weigh the pros and cons between expense and being healthy, plus supporting an earth-friendly industry.  

:bulletblue: Non-GMO foods GMOs are Genetically Modified Organisms. I hate being unscientific, but my gut feeling is that our bodies are very delicately balanced, and scientists can't possibly know the cascade of effects to ourselves as well as the environment. Plus, the companies are paying the scientists - they're trying to make a profit, and they're trying to sell the food. An example of unpredictability - when tryptophan started to be produced using genetically modified bacteria to speed up the process, people died because the additional heat caused by the increased reaction speed caused a double molecule of tryptophan, which is toxic. The screening process at the time didn't pick this up because it is so similar to tryptophan - it's fixed now, though.
More scientific mode: Wikipedia  Seeds of Deception SayNoToGMOs.org Institute for responsible technology
:thumbsup: Some companies advertise non-GMO products, so can be easy to identify. According to Wikipedia, typical transgenic plants are soybean, corn, canola, and cotton seed oil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetica… Check with your government if regulations are required to post if there are GMO organisms in foods (watch those corn chips, everyone)
:thumbsup: By choosing non-GMO, you're supporting naturally-grown food... and consider that many non-GMO foods actually have GMOs in them, showing it's hard to keep this experiment under control. e.g. www.non-gmoreport.com/articles…
:thumbsdown: The idea of genetically modified foods is still in its infancy - we can only speculate as to the benefits and the dangers.

:bulletblue: Humane meat - animals are treated better during their life than in factory farms.
:thumbsup: Insanely cruel things in factory farms - beaks getting sliced off, no room to move in cages and pens, living in their own filth... so this is a step to avoid the excessive cruelty. Plus, if the waste from animals is condensed enough as is the case in factory farms, it's no good as fertiliser. Hopefully there would be a way to use the animal waste to fertilise plants.
:thumbsdown: Still requires the same food and water if not more, since the animals are exercising.
:thumbsdown: Requires more deforestation so the animals can roam.
:thumbsdown: It's debatable what 'humane' means. Apparently meat can still be humane, yet animals are transported without food and water to slaughterhouses, to be killed the same way as in factory farms.

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AstralChrist Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eating less red meat is beneficial for the environment because cows release a methane gas. The overpopulation of cows is perhaps the #1 cause of global warming. However, if a human eliminates meat completely, they could develop a lot of health problems from malnutrition.
PhotoGingerness Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Conditioner works the same as shampoo? That's interesting...
I use a local, completely organic brand so either way, I'm good :)

And I would love to go to a place like Alfalfa House! :O That would be awesome! I'll have to find a place like that near me.
dazza1008 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I know - it's news to me about conditioner! (or was, when I first heard it XD)

Oh yes~ and in this suburb where it is, there's another cooperative store exactly like it in close proximity, because it's a new-age trendy area. ^^ I do have to travel a bit, but they have schemes where if you volunteer for a day, you get a discount on your next large shop there, so it's possible to stock up. Either way, it's cheaper and healthier in the long run. ;)
PhotoGingerness Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yea, same xD lol

That's awesome :) And yes it is! I want to buy stuff from one! lol
Emmasj Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Actually, shampoo and conditioner work kind of oppositely. Shampoo stripes all the oil out of hair, while conditioner puts fake oils back in. So I don't know what that tip was about.
Emmasj Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
I'm currently doing no 'poo!
dazza1008 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Sorry? You're constipated? :XD:
Emmasj Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
No 'poo = no shampoo. :) It means I'm not using shampoo or conditioner.
dazza1008 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Oh, haha! :XD:
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