Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mark Bittman on TED

Another brilliant 20-minute talk from TED. He talks about the history of industrialized food, and the damage that our junk food and meat-heavy diet is doing to our environment.

Carolyn, I'm posting this specifically with your husband in mind...


L.Bo Marie said...

wormies got their first meal of bunny poop this morning... I'm excited to check in on them...

The Barber Bunch said...

I will try and get him to watch it.......but you know how he is!!!!

I planted my container garden today. Pics will be posted tomorrow.


ilex said...

Madam L.Bo, that is very exciting news. Feed them just a little bit at a time at first!

Carolyn, I do indeed know how he is. You know what haunts me lately? Your blog entry about grass-fed milk. If it comes up again, tell him that cow's natural food IS grass- corn has been forced on them by industrial farming methods. They have to be fed lots and lots of meds so the corn does not kill them. Corn utterly destroys their digestive systems.


Robbyn said...

What a great conversation to keep going :) We have found that improving the quality of the meat we eat...with the goal being getting back to the most basic grass-to-animal-to-plate...is so much more satisfying that we're very very content eating less meat and more veggies and milk products, given that we can now access organic raw milk. I can't tell you the difference between even the raw milk and the organic pasteurized...it's VERY noticeable in our health and digestion..and satiety. One of the biggest challenges for us was trying to un-brainwash ourselves from the fear of eating naturally. There's been a lot of marketing and manipulation of "scientific data" to brainwash folks away from real food over the past few decades, but now we're really trying to ditch that questionable "wisdom" and opt for what makes sense...that if you plant it in the ground replete with microbes and fertility, you get a plant that, when eaten, passes along its vigor to human or animal...and the more that process is interrupted or amended, the farther away from healthy the end product is.

We're not doing this as a luxury or fad...we're trying to reclaim our health the old, slow, nourishing way...and wishing well any who're finding it works for them, too :)

ilex said...

Well said, Madam Robbyn. Well said.

Verde said...

OK, so I've got indigestion. Mr. Greenjeans brought home a steak and I cooked it with aspergras and salas and at dinner we talked about the carbon footprint of a meat eating while the girls refused to eat the meat - one being exclusively vegitarian.

They were in the room as I watched this and gave me the eyebrow up.

We're working on it... we're working on it and have cut consumption dramatically.

I like him may never be total vegitarian, but meat is really taking the backseat in our diets.

ilex said...

Sometimes, Verde, it's all about small steps. And consciousness itself is an accopmplishment in this country.

Thomas Jefferson believed that meat should be treated basically as a condiment, that it should be used as an accent to the main event of vegetables; Jefferson was also a passionate gardener. If the western world (and especially America) treated meat that way, we and the rest of the world would be far better off.

The thing that shocked me most in Bittman's video- we kill 20 billion animals a year?! Horrifying. Not just for the undoubtedly inhumane conditions, (it could not be any other way), but also for the huge volume of pertoleum-based crops and medicines it takes to feed and care for these poor protein delivery units, the land use it takes to raise them, and the amount of fresh water and petroleum-based energy required to process them. He brings the reality of factory farming to a fine point.

Going vegetarian (or almost vegetarian) is far more impactful than buying a hybrid car. (That's a whole other kettle of fish...)