Regarding this phrase: “vote with your forks”… Literally millions of people are influenced by a few who advocate not only eating grass-fed livestock and fish but also that we approach our food choices from other less-than-sustainable concepts. I have a better approach. For instance, instead of “voting with your forks,” which is what we have actually been doing for the past fifty years—and look where it has gotten us—we should vote with our minds first; then, let our forks follow. Also, it is not so wise to eat only foods that your great-grandmother would recognize, because she ate cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, lamb, and other unhealthy foods obtained from animal parts—not such a good idea.
So, let’s vote with your mind first…then, your forks will follow. Here are some ideas.
- Read “Comfortably Unaware” and then give it to someone you care about.
- Become aware of just how your food choices impact our planet.
- Become more aware than you are today of just how your choice of food impacts your own health.
- Eat only those foods that require the least amount of our resources to produce.
- Avoid foods that naturally carry pathogens such as E. Coli, Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Mad Cow Disease, etc. This, then, would include all animal products, whether they are confined or not.
- Let your congress representatives and senators know you do not want to pay taxes that they turn around and spend on agribusinesses raising livestock that pollute and cause global depletion of our resources. This totals $40 billion per year. You are paying for this.
- Tell all policy makers to stop giving money to businesses who produce food that contributes to our national health care crises.
- Let them know to subsidize organic, plant-based foods.
- Eat only those foods that reduce your risk of contracting our major diseases and cancers.
- Avoid foods that increase your risk for these diseases and cancer.
- Avoid all foods that required more water to drink than you do each day and another 400 to 500 gallons just to clean up after the slaughtering process.
- Eat foods that, while growing, take in CO2 and give off O2, thus improving the health of our planet in both directions.
- Avoid foods that give off methane, CO2, ammonia, breathe in and use O2, and create more global warming.
- Avoid foods that do not have fiber, large amounts of phytonutrients, but do have cholesterol, and saturated fat.
- Avoid food that had to be caught with large amounts of other species of living things—most of which, we have no idea of our effect on them or the ecosystems we took them from.
- Buy and eat plant-based foods only
- Go meatless everyday, not just Mondays.
- Influence others, spread the word, and start making a difference.