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Vegetarianism and reducing your Carbon Footprint
May 21, 2008 02:45AM
Hi Everyone!

At school (in final year atm) I'm doing an In-depth study on the above topic, "Vegetarianism and reducing your Carbon Footprint".

I was wondering if anyone had any info, websites or knows of any authorities on the subject (please don't give me any US phone numbers, I'm in Australia).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Btw about me: female, 17 (almost, 2 wks to go), pagan, vegetarian spinning smiley sticking its tongue out


Re: Vegetarianism and reducing your Carbon Footprint
May 21, 2008 04:14AM
I am slightly dissapointed your not Vegan and you can't discuss that instead because there more to say and you can compare Veganism and Vegetarianism...

Do you plan on going Vegan anytime soon?

Anyway I know a few pretty good sites but they are in my favorites and it would help if i am at home...so I will post back in here later! But have a quick google on Veganism vs Vegetarianism if you read this before I get home!! Good luck and i'll BRB to this post..........
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Re: Vegetarianism and reducing your Carbon Footprint
May 21, 2008 09:22AM
I think it would be interesting to see it as a kind of step down: How much you improve your footprint by going omnivore to vegetarian, then how much more you improve it by going vegan.
Re: Vegetarianism and reducing your Carbon Footprint
May 21, 2008 11:44AM
OK I'm home..

Right read something simple like this first: [www.Viva.org.uk] and get start with simple AR info which I am sure you might already know most of that anyway.....errrm.......

I don't know many sites on just enviroment though, but i guess some of this might help certail teeny things(?) - [www.ecorazzi.com] I think its just about research research research. I mean, it would be so much better if you knew most of this off your heart too then when you get to the end, people can ask you questions and u can answer them instantly....Sorry I know u probably know and this is why u want sites, OK. I am trying :p

errrm , I don't have many of them sites, I am so sorry, I hope someone else can help. Monkey
Re: Vegetarianism and reducing your Carbon Footprint
May 21, 2008 02:28PM







Hope they help some...... Piggy Am I on the right track here?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/21/2008 02:30PM by darky_.
Re: Vegetarianism and reducing your Carbon Footprint
May 22, 2008 12:07AM
Wow thanks for all the sites darky! I haven't checked them out yet but I will soon.

I can't change my topic because I've already sent it of the SABSA (which is the mob who mark it). But yes one day I will spend some time being vegan. i'm still living at home so it's hard. But going to uni next year and will experiment then. But I like my chocolate and honey and things!! I'm very careful with what I and my mother buy to make sure that it hasn't done any harm to the animals but currently my (broad) philosophy is that if it didn't have to die to give me that food, I can eat it.

But I don't like wearing leather much (but I have one leather belt and leather school shoes (i was happy with plastic but mum said no)). But personaly I think theres less dilema in this in that (mostly) hide animals' meat is used (resulting in little to no waste) where as they don't often use the hide of meat animals.

Tatiana: that's what I plan to do in a sense. To show that having a vegetarian life style can decrease your footprint. i didn't think to add the vegan element but I will try mu hardest to incorporate it as well!!

Thanks for your help so far everyone!!!
Re: Vegetarianism and reducing your Carbon Footprint
May 22, 2008 12:33AM
I've looked at a few and some of these are just what I'm after. Thanks so much darky!!
Re: Vegetarianism and reducing your Carbon Footprint
May 25, 2008 03:15AM
Hello Heka,

I wish you the best of luck for your research paper... I wanted to let you know, though, that you don't have to swear off chocolate to be a vegan (as for the honey, you may want to do some research on that. It's a point of controversy for some. I myself never avoided honey as a vegan until I was informed that human honey consumption may be contributing to the endangering of the honeybee population, which has a huge environmental impact. Here's an article you can check out on that, if you want: [news.nationalgeographic.com]).

I was a vegetarian for 15 years and felt the same way that you do: if nothing died, then it was okay. However, after coming across some PETA literature, I realized that the animals that are producing the other products I ate as a vegetarian (milk, eggs, etc) were living horrible, torturous lives that personally I feel are much worse than death. That's when I made the decision to go vegan, and once I did, I realized there are so many great vegan products out there! I have found it surprisingly easy (especially when I still lived in the States) to find vegan versions of many of my favorite foods... I even found a vegan chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream! I've been vegan now for nearly 9 years, and I am much happier and healthier for that decision :-)

Anyway, I just thought I'd share that with you. Let me know if you ever want any vegan recipes ;-)


PS- Check it out: [www.peta.org]
Re: Vegetarianism and reducing your Carbon Footprint
May 22, 2008 04:08AM
I think bits on some of them sites are more UK, I am sorry.... But then again a lot can apply in similer ways to other countrys.
Re: Vegetarianism and reducing your Carbon Footprint
May 25, 2008 08:21PM
(GRRRR I just typed all this up and lost it, lets see if I can remember it all. Damn computers!!)

I'm very careful with the animal products I do consume. I know that some of the animals live terrible lives but I'm careful it what I do consume. I only eat eggs from my own chickens (which we recently saved from a barn-hen situation) and well, milk etc is a different story. I try to only eat milk, yogurt, cheese etc from in Australia because the cows here a pretty well looked after. They have large green pastures and are looked after by loving farmers. We're lucky to have a large country and be able to do this. So I try hard to do the best thing for the animals.

But yes, one day I will spend some time being vegan. I plan to last at least a year.

Hey did you know that one popular brand of bacon bits (I don't know which one) is vegan???!!! I couldn't believe it when I heard. They made a meat product with out meat haha. But they do that often. Though I do try to stay away from fake meats. They're very processed and I try to also stay away from processed foods.

And don't worry about some of the sites being UK based. Vegeratianism is basically the same in all western countries and carbon footprint is only one thing. I can still quote the sites and they are reputable.

As for honey, my boyfriends uncle is a manager of Capillano Honey and they love their bee's apparently, so as long as I buy Capillano I guess I'll be safe. Though isn't the point of being vegan to not eat any animal products because they come from animals?? I don't know haha

Thanks again for your help so far!!
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