Monday, November 17, 2008

A Holocaust of a Different Kind

"A holocaust of a different kind" is an apt summary of Mark Bittman's 2007 TED presentation in which he tells us what is wrong with what we eat. Too much meat, too few plants, too much fast food, too little home cooking are all contributing to the destruction of our planet and the spread of disease and life threatening illnesses in humans. Author of the best selling cookbook How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food, Mark is not a vegetarian nor promotes a pure vegetarian diet or lifestyle as evidenced by his New York Times promoted blog Bitten. Further insightful writing by Bittman with simple yet impacting graphics demonstrating the harmful effects of raising meat for food can be found at the New York Times website. Mark Bittman does us a favor by presenting this information with flair and humor yet never leaving to question the importance of his mission to inform. He deftly bounces between cow farts and his own mother's cooking to bring us to the realization that we are each individually responsible for making a change and saving the planet and ourselves.

3 comments:

Thinkinfyou said...

OK,this convinced me to try to eat nothing but plants for at least a week. My kids are going to hate me for it,but I wonder if we'll all feel better. If not, Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

I have been eating mostly plants lately, no starches or sugars, just fruits and vegetables. I eat fish, eggs and some chicken.

I also feel much better physically.

Tony said...

Awesome for both of you, Thinkinfyou and Old Blue. To each his/her own as we all work together to try and preserve our planet for the next generation and beyond. Every little bit helps and there is a definite shift in the eating habits of a lot of people. As we kick our dependence on foreign oil and start using alternative energies we can also free ourselves from the dependence on meat and its wastefulness of our resources. Each person's efforts, no matter to what extent, makes a difference.

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