Four Food Things to Do on Earth Day

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Today is Earth Day. Our battered planet celebrates a day of appreciation. The ravaging pillager known as mankind has designated a day of reflection and hope…

While some extremists knock all progress that causes pollution or global warming, nobody can deny that the industrialization of the world has improved our lives tremendously over the past centuries. It’s just that we want this progress to be sustainable for centuries to come. Thus, we must figure out how to put back lots of things we’ve taken out. And to minimize future damage as much as we can. Much of this has to do with governmental policies, but individuals can also contribute their share, if not to move the needle, at least to teach our children.

So what are three simple, food related activities each and every one of us can do today, preferably with our family?

1. Drink tap water. Just as safe if not safer than bottled water. And certainly much healthier than soda pop or sugary juice drinks. Having a hard time swallowing? Think of billions of plastic bottles are in landfills and floating in our oceans, never to decompose.

2. Save a cow. Or a pig. or a chicken. Go vegetarian for one day. It won’t kill you. Raising livestock or poultry requires an order of magnitude more water and land than vegetable proteins. Emissions from animals contaminate the soil and atmosphere. Vegetarians save 9 times as much carbon as a driver switching to a hybrid car. Not that we are saying everyone should become a vegetarian, but who said we need to eat meat twice a day, 7 days a week?

3. Plant a plant. Be it a herb in a little pot by your window sill. Two or three tomato plants in your backyard or on your roof. Or perhaps a fruit tree on your front lawn. There’s no better connection with the earth than witnessing the growth of a tiny sapling, or the sprouting of a seed that later becomes a food bearing vehicle. You will have a new appreciation for farmers.

4. Get Involved. As we mentioned above, government policies and regulations of industry can have substantially far more overreaching effects on our planet’s health. But government officials are in many cases blinded by their relationship with and the support they receive from lobbies representing the worst environmental offenders. Luckily in this age of twitter and facebook, grassroots movements have the power to change the balance of power back in our favor. So what are you waiting for…

More Earth Day ideas on our Pinterest Board.

What are your plans for Earth Day?

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  • Tom Arr

     http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-meat-eating-reproduction-20120420,0,2388092.story

    “Eating meat helped early humans reproduce, spread around the globe.”

    • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Fooducate

      Thanks Tom, interesting article indeed.

      “She notes, however, that the results say nothing about what humans today should or should not eat.”

      • Tom Arr

        Of course not, don’t want to upset her peers who are slowly getting dumber as they abandon the food source reason for their bigger brains fostered by corrupted ethics.

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  • Jessica

    Although drinking tap water may save the environment from plastic bottles, tap water is not exactly good for your body. The chemicles they have to put in it to clean it, such as floride and chlorine, could kill you in large doses. Who’s to say they do not harm our bodies over a long period of time in small doses?
    Something I learned from the book:
    -Cures the Gov’t doesnt want you to know about by Kevin Trudoough
    Im pro recycling plastic bottles.

  • Suzielouwho

    Tap water is so highly regulated by local governments and states that it is absolutely safe… enough with the scare tactics.

    • aeh

      Not necessarily so. There are a lot of lead pipe problems in DC. You can still drink the tap water, but you have to filter it first.

    • Jessica Wyatt84

      Safe? It doesnt even taste good lol

  • Anonymous

    #2 is not always true or accurate-there are some parts of the US (and the world) where it is easier to raise cattle or dairy cows, then to grow corn, soy and a variety of other crops, i.e., less input required.  Particularly so if it’s not an “industrial” operation. 

    I agree that it’s easy to eat meat/fish only 1-2x/week (if that often) & be healthy or at least, as suggested above, not eat meat every day.

  • Anonymous

    Oh snap, I ate all seafood today!