“Being vegan isn’t as good for humanity as you think.” That’s what the headlines said after a study published in the journal Elementa found that when veganism is applied to an entire global population, the diet wastes available farmland that could otherwise be used to feed people.
Source: National Post
Humans have biologically evolved and thrived as omnivores, mixing both the attributes of properly prepared plant foods and those of wild or pasture-raised meats, milk from cows that ate grass and fish that swam freely.
Source: Daily Nexus
As knowledge about the meat industry and the environmental impacts of animal product consumption have seeped into the mainstream through social media and documentaries like “Cowspiracy” and “Forks Over Knives,” people in the United States are increasingly switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Source: New School Free Press
If we carry on creating and consuming plastic as we are now, by 2050 there will more pieces of plastic in the ocean than there are fish. It seems overwhelming. Almost every piece of plastic ever produced that has not been burned (burning causes toxic emissions), still exists.
Source: The Guardian
The supermarket is both a space of routine and something of a microcosm of our lives: encompassing as it does a lot of our concerns about sustenance and comfort. Do you agree with this assessment of the supermarket’s centrality to our lives, and if so, how did you go about tackling it in the various stages that that project took place?
Source: Malta Today
According to the lore of conscious consumerism, every purchase you make is a “moral act”—an opportunity to “vote with your dollar” for the world you want to see. We are told that if we don’t like what a company is doing, we should stop buying their products and force them to change.
Cocoa starts as cacao, a colorful pod that ripens to colors ranging from bright yellow to deep burgundy. The seeds are fermented, dried, and processed into cocoa, then chocolate. Cocoa trees grow in a thin equatorial band in places such as Ecuador, Peru, and Vietnam, but over 70 percent of production is in West Africa.
As a responsible shopper looking to do the right thing, you might think if a brand is openly talking about their environmental or labor practices, they’re probably legit. And if they show you a picture of a happy worker or an NGO partner, it’s probably a sign of good intent and practices, right?
Every effort is a step in the right direction, but sadly, although food miles with imported superfoods are indeed an issue (eating a diet loaded with such foods uses up to four times the energy and subsequently produces four times the emissions of an equivalent domestic diet), the greater problem lies in exactly what it takes to mass-produce these items.
Consumer demands about animal treatment on farms have challenged scientists and ethicists to think about how livestock production might be improved.
Source: The Western Producer