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There is alot of talk about global warming and the need to adapt greener habits in order for the earth to recover from all the damage that has been done to it and to stop the ongoing practices that pollute and destory life. One of the most fundamental ways to contribute to a cleaner enviroment is by adopting a healthy diet. There is a direct connection between a healthy diet and a healthy planet.

One of the largest contributors to greenhouse gases is the U.S. livestock industry. Factory farms and feedlots not only pollute the surrounding farmland they account for 18% of all greenhouse gases globally. Omitting meat from your diet will greatly reduce your carbon foodprint and improve your health as well. If you significatly increase vegetables in your diet and still care to include meat occasionally, buying organic or grass- fed animal product will also make an impact. If enough americans can lower the demand for meat, support local and organic farmers, these factory farms and slaughterhouses will disappear from our countryside. The atorcities that are commonplace in U.S. slaughterhouses are enough to make anyone give up meat. The maletreatment of animals, the unsanitary conditions and the deregulation of processing practices has only lead to an increasing presence of E.coli bacteria that has sickened and killed thousands of americans. The book "Slaughterhouse" by Gail A. Eisnitz is an excellent expose of the meat industry and it is a must read for anyone who eats meat, especially at the fast food establishments that can be found just about anywhere in this country.

Another problem with the mainstream food supply is GMOs (genetically modified organism). The company Monsanto has been modifing seeds to include the pesticide roundup for some time now and the food that you eat with the pesticide inside it cannot possibly be good for your health. There is a large grassroot's movement to stop monsanto and make gmo labeling mandatory. Most of the corn, soybeans and cotton in this country are grown with gmo seeds so it is very important to always buy these products organic. Since these product are also made into other food products, label reading is imperitive. One way to insure the quality of your food is to grow your own. On a quarter acre of land you can produce all the food you need. There are websites where you can purchase organic and gmo free seeds. If you are interested in becoming self suficiant, a great reference book is "The Backyard Homestead" edited by Carleen Madigan. It is super informitive and has plenty of illustrations.

Eating healthy is a great way to create a greener world and a greener world is a place that we would all llike to live in.


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