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Go Vegan in La Crescenta Montrose to Help the Environment

Eating less meat can help reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment.

You probably know about the adverse health effects of eating too much red meat — like the increased risk of heart disease — but did you know you could reduce your carbon footprint by eating less of the stuff?

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, as reported by Scientific American, the production of the meat in our meals causes more atmosphere-damaging greenhouse gases than the cars and factories of the world do.

Nitrogen- and phosphorous-based fertilizers used to grow feed for cows have also been linked to increases in harmful algae blooms in our lakes and oceans.

The nitrogen pollution associated with meat production causes $200-$2,000 billion in damage around the world every year. It also requires 20-50 times more water to produce 2.2 pounds of meat than it does vegetables.

Eating less red meat and more vegetables — and even occasionally cutting out all dairies to go vegan — can help you live a healthy life and reduce the demand for meat production.

Here are a few vegan recipes from The Daily Green that even a meat eater would be happy with.

You can visit one of these grocery stores in La Crescenta Montrose for your ingredients:

  • Vons
  • Trader Joe's
  • Ralphs
  • La Crescenta Market
Lisa March 11, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Meat is good!
Merry Hatebear March 26, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Thanks for this! I was vegan for four years in my teens/twenties but relied on frozen and prepared foods which broke the bank and my health (yes, you can be a fat junk food vegan) ... I'm now starting over and am 3 weeks in. I feel great! Eating mostly vegetables, a little fruit, whole grains, beans and just a bit of nuts - about 50% raw as well. I have more energy than I did before and without all the caffeine I relied on (1 energy drink and no coffee in weeks vs a 150-300mg caffeine habit before) I'm enjoying making fresh meals daily and am excited to see my kids get more interested in healthier eating (both vegetarian since birth but too fond of breads and cheeses) I do realize the benefits regarding respect for other animals and the earth as well. In the past that was actually my main focus and I'm still very happy to have a diet that is beneficial in those areas but am currently just so happy to feel so reinvigorated. I hope more folks start to realize just how harmful their food choices can be on so many levels and come around to healthier, more sustainable and happy eating. It doesn't have to be a full jump to veganism - baby steps! Swap one meat burger a week for a veggie burger, get a fresh squeezed juice instead of a sundae or a milkshake. Better health and a clearer conscience lead to more positivity and that spreads quick! <3

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