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Meat : A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlie

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Meat book

The Ethicurian recently posted a thorough and thoughtful review of Simon Fairlie’s “Meat: A Benign Extravagance”, a book that has been floundering on our nightstand for weeks. It sounds like a rather heavy read, but rewarding in its analysis of the effects of meat production and consumption on the planet.

Mainstream culture and news abound with broad statements about our food system and the choices we make about what we put on the dinner table. Surely you’ve heard that if you want to save the planet, you should eat a vegan diet, since raising livestock contributes significantly to carbon emissions and thus to climate change. Or perhaps you’ve been told that organic agriculture can’t possibly “feed the world.”Who’s right? What, ultimately, is the best way to produce food in the world today, to both feed our growing population without destroying the earth it depends on?

In Meat: A Benign Extravagance, recently released in the U.S. by Chelsea Green, UK writer, editor, and farmer Simon Fairlie picks apart study after study in wonkish detail and shows why easy answers are hard to find.

Continue reading the review here.

Another good read is Fairlie’s Time Magazine article: “How Eating Meat Can Save The Planet

Leave a comment here for a chance to get your very own copy of the book!

Using less plastic every day

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Yeah, it’s pretty much impossible to eliminate plastic from our lives, but some really useful ideas have come from HOMEGROWNers, so, in case you missed any of them, here they are:

Emily is downright pissed about the BP oil gusher in the Gulf – aren’t we all? Her manifesto boils down to using less plastic in your every day life. She likes these toothbrushes. These are pretty and are made with recycled materials plus flax, old dollar bills or wood.

Plastic bags are one of the worst environmental offenders because of where they go after they’re discarded – clogging, killing, and never really breaking down. The best we can hope for the plastic bags that are out here is downcycling. Here is a web site that provides you with the location of drop-off centers for plastic bag recycling.

As an alternative, Lizz shares that she weaves plastic shopping bags into useful items, like this reusable tote. Lizz says: “I have also knitted water bottle holders, baskets, shower mats and small purses out of plastic grocery bags.  They have become quite popular with the folks at the Farmers Market. Honestly anything you can knit or crochet can be made out of the damn things lol.  I have also tried fusing the bags  (this requires  heat and gets stinky from the melting of the plastic) but you can sew them up just as you would fabric and they become quite sturdy.”

HOMEGROWNer Patti just posted a fantastic blog on how to make your own plastic yarn from shopping bags: Let There Be Plarn.

Abby keeps plastic out of the home by making her own Mason jar kids cups. The straws are plastic, but, as Carol suggests, paper straws are available!

The Homemade Cosmetics group is brimming with ideas for avoiding plastic bottle and jars: DIY Lotion, No Poo and home made deodorant among them.

Pete and Izzy’s mom wrote a very popular blog post about the environmentally-, and financially-responsible practice of using cloth diapers.

wall bags

We just moved offices, and, rather than using those plastic wall pockets for storage, we grommeted and attached these super cute rattan beach bags.

How do YOU keep plastic out of your life? Let us know!

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