Buy recycled paper, buy safe glass, recycle or compost everything, buy as little plastic as possible, and when you do buy it, cut it up first, even if you put it in a recycle bin, land fills are outdoors, after all.
Aftermath of an accident involving a truck carrying slaughterhouse waste. Disgusting.
Yeah… you can argue veganism with me when seeing carrot tops, purple artichoke petals, and rhubarb leaves gives you this reaction…
PS - animal cells don’t biodegrade unless they are digested (and can only be fully and properly digested by the stomach acid of carnivores), otherwise it just turns toxic.
does it make us look more animal or animals more human?
favourite thing ever
wow you can practically see the animal in the human, and the human in the animal
i spilled nachos all over my floor today and just left it there
i hope you guys are seeing the point here
This is beautiful for so many reasons.
I find it extremely ignorant and destructive that people believe that they own anything on the Earth. You don’t. You don’t own land, you don’t own human labor, you don’t own animals, you don’t own resources. You need everything you see, you’re meant to coexist with everything on the Earth, anything less doesn’t work for anyone, yourself included.
- Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition this year: 20 million
- Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million
- Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by people: 20%
- Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 80%
- Percentage of oats grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 95%
- Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90%
- How frequently a child dies as a result of malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds
- Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 40,000
- Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 250
- Percentage of U.S. farmland devoted to beef production: 56%
- Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of edible flesh from feedlot beef: 16
As a vegan, especially one who considers the condition of the people involved at the farms my food comes from, which is why I buy organic, and local, or at least regional, and not from big, industrial brand names. I even keep some types of vegan foods off my grocery list, like palm oil, hearts of palm, corn, potatoes, maple syrup, maple sugar, any form of white sugar, agave nectar, non-fair trade coffee, and other vegan foods that are typically very bad for nature, people, or health, for various reasons.
In the summer, as well as late spring and early fall, this is very easy, because I can go to the farmers markets and buy directly from the families who grow it, where I live that is vastly Hmong families when it comes to who sells vegetables, while the majority of specialty items, homemade jams, ciders, regional fruit, pickled veggies, wild rice, spices, raw left-over organic wildflower honey, etc. comes from the non-immigrant (or at least not first generation immigrant) family farm owners in the area.
In the winter this can become tricky, to keep the food I’m buying considerate of everyone to the best of my abilities. Recently the farmers markets closed (this past weekend was their last where I live) and the local organic grocery stores switched from the Iowa grown tomatoes to the California grown tomatoes. I hesitantly bought them and kept the sticker, only to type the name of the farm into an internet search engine when I got home. I wanted to make sure it was safe to keep buying from this farm, here’s what I got; http://www.tdwilleyfarms.com/employees/fremp.html
And the result reminded me why I’m vegan, I want to have the least negative impact I can on everyone, plant, animal or person. Organic food can be done properly and help the community, industrial brand name food, even if it’s vegan, can not, not in the same way, and non-veganism never can, no matter how local or ‘considerate’, it is unnecessary for everyone involved. It’s not just about being vegan, it’s about being synergetic.
In the art world I want it to be as though I never died. In the natural world I want it to be as though I never existed.
Entire species of marine life will never be seen in the Anthropocene (the Age of Man), let alone tasted, if we do not curb our insatiable voracity for fish. Last year, global fish consumption hit a record high of 17 kg (37 pounds) per person per year, even though global fish stocks have continued to decline. On average, people eat four times as much fish now than they did in 1950.
Around 85% of global fish stocks are over-exploited, depleted, fully exploited or in recovery from exploitation. Only this week, a report suggested there may be fewer than 100 cod over the age of 13 years in the North Sea between the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. It’s a worrying sign that we are losing fish old enough to create offspring that replenish populations.
Rich marine biodiversity and healthy oceans are what sustain life on land and without both, all life suffers. This is important.
To find out more about the critical issue of overfishing and to learn about what you as a consumer can do to avoid endangered seafood, click here.
When you throw things away, remember to consider where ‘away’ is.
When you turn the sea water toxic, remember to consider some of your food comes from there.
When you turn the rivers toxic, remember to consider that 100% of your drinking water comes from there.
When you buy bottled water, remember that that water is now toxic to you.
When you buy bottled water, remember that if the bottle is not the right type of plastic, it can’t be recycled.
Remember that landfills are outdoors, they are not invisible, nothing disappears there.
Remember that undigested animal product can not be composted.
Remember that the vegetables you should be eating don’t need to be packaged.
Remember that if it’s bad for the environment it’s bad for you in the exact same ways.
Remember that you’re an animal.
Remember that the Earth is the only place you can live and has the only resources you can use.
Remember that you will die without having what you need.
Remember that you will die with only having what you want.
All vegans are privileged, every single one of them and they need to be reminded of this fact constantly.
The best way to go about telling them is by accessing your internet connection via your smartphone, laptop, PC or tablet, logging on to a social network and explaining to them that starving people in places like Africa and Asia don’t have the luxury of being able to cut out certain food groups like they do.
Now that you have put that smug privileged vegan asshole in their place you are now free to return to eating your burger, that when alive, was fed enough produce to feed 13 starving people.
Something I think is even harder than self-educating, harder than relearning, harder than changing, harder than analyzing, harder than being a physical part of the positive, progressive, liberal change in the world, is doing all this and remaining a peaceful, happy, positive person privately in your mind as well.
A campaign led by Rainforest Foundation Norway has led to a massive reduction in palm oil consumption in the Scandinavian country. The campaign received extensive media coverage, resulting in increased consumer awareness. Norwegian food producers responded rapidly, significantly reducing their use of palm oil.
To find out more about palm oil’s devastating impact on the environment visit the Vegans Against Palm Oil page on Facebook.
This is really sick. And so sad…
Meat is not sustainable industrially, there is no way for it to ever be. This is what it takes for you to get one single 1 lb. burger, before the cheese, lettuce, tomato, bun, and mayo even come into the equation. This isn’t ‘just the fast food burgers’ either. The only way to avoid being part of this is to be vegan. And of course vegans have carbon foot prints too, but veganism is the conscious attempt to keep that at a minimum.
Fireworks can unleash a shower of toxins into soil and water, and scientists are only beginning to figure out what that means for human health.
It’s better people know this than not know. Because of this, do what you can do and don’t buy your own, don’t buy your own 4th of July explosives of any kind, even picking up your trash wont clean up the chemicals left behind. The local city-run celebrations are thankfully only once a year, that is currently inevitable, so don’t feel guilty for having a fun time and seeing those, just know what it is and don’t add to it. <3 I hope everyone has a fun night tomorrow night!