Hi, I’m Martha and I write vegetariansupplements.org to help you get all information you need to raise awareness on healthy eating to prevent diseases and save our planet.
I live in Arizona, born in ‘80 and I’m a dot etcher. I started vegetariansupplements.org in 2009 to help other people like me understand how to eat vegetarian and get credible information on vegetarianism.
Prior to getting married, I spent over 3 years as a teacher, corporate trainer and workshop leader.
UN researchers indicate us one quick approach to lower our effect on the environment.
Do you know the United nations calculated that the combined climate change emissions of animals bred for their meat were a lot more than cars, planes and other types of transport assembled?
In a recent article published in July 2010 by the Guardian.co.uk, leading journalist John Vidal reported how vegetarianism can aid save the earth by eating less meat.
Behind most of the joints of beef or chicken on our plates is a phenomenally wasteful, land and power hungry process of farming that devastates forests, pollutes oceans, waters, seas and air.
We mostly breed four species (chickens, cows, sheep and pigs) which need vast amounts of water and food, emit methane as well as other greenhouse gases and produce mountains of physical waste.
In 2009, the United nations calculated the combined climate change emissions of animals bred for their meat were about 18% of the global total - greater than cars, planes and all other kinds of transport put together.
A Bangladeshi family living off rice, beans, vegetables and fruit may live on an acre of land or less, while the average American, who consumes around 270 pounds of meat per year, needs 20 times that.
Academics have calculated that if the grain fed to animals in western countries were consumed directly by people instead of animals, we could feed at least two times as many people - and perhaps a lot more - as we do now.
Eating a steak or a chicken will point to an abnormal water consumption, that the animal has required to live and grow. Vegetarian author John Robbins calculates one pound of beef needs around 20,000lbs of water.
Farming, which uses 70% of water accessible to humans, is already in direct competition for water with cities.
Industrial scale agriculture now dominates the western livestock and poultry industries, and a single farm is now able to generate as much waste as a city.
Farming animals generate manure and urine which is funnelled into massive waste lagoons sometimes holding as many as 40m gallons. These cesspools often break, leak or overflow, polluting underground water supplies and rivers with nitrogen, phosphorus and nitrates.
A meat diet is generally considered twice as expensive as a vegetarian one. According to the Vegetarian Society, meat eaters get increased possibilities of obesity, cancers, heart diseases and other illnesses as well as a hole in the pocket.
So what now? How can we start contribute save our planet?
Here a quick and simple recipe to get a good meat substitute, the Tofu and Green Onion Veggie Burger
This healthy tofu based veggie burger receive an added nutritional boost from wheat germ. This recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.
1/2 container firm or extra firm tofu, mashed
1 onion, diced
3 green onions, diced
2 tbs wheat germ
2 tbls flour
2 tbls garlic powder
2 tbsp soy sauce
oil for frying
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into patties.
Fry patties in oil in a skillet or frying pan until brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.
Now it's all to you...
The author - Martha Volz writes for the www.vegetariansupplements.org web log, her personal hobby blog related to vegetarian healthy eating ideas.