Killing For A Living: The Traumatic Effects of Slaughterhouse Work on Home and Community

Socrates famously said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Perhaps the greater part of that is because we cannot live mindlessly without inflicting great harm. Most recently, I have become mindful of the that my consumption of meat has had on my fellow humans. I’ve learned that meat is one of the primary industries … More Killing For A Living: The Traumatic Effects of Slaughterhouse Work on Home and Community

The Brutal Business of Slaughter: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder As a Hidden Cost of Meat

I have always been an animal lover. Yet, for most of my life, I have also been a meat eater. While some people can live with this contradiction, I often felt the stress of my ethical dilemma. Yet, for most of my life I was able to compartmentalize those concerns. I have even been hypocritical … More The Brutal Business of Slaughter: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder As a Hidden Cost of Meat

Overlooked and Overgrazed: the Ecological Collapse of Our Federal Lands

Invasive species are everywhere—Kudzu, Asian Long-horned beetles, Snakehead fish, and so on. In Western Washington, where I live, it’s English ivy. Birds feed on the berries, and then spread the seeds far and wide through our Douglas fir forests. The vines grow in insidious sinuous coils up into the trunk and out along the branches … More Overlooked and Overgrazed: the Ecological Collapse of Our Federal Lands

A Savior in Soy: Environmental Impact of Soy Versus Meat

Soy has been implicated (along with beef, palm oil and the extraction of wood) as one of the four major drivers of deforestation worldwide. That may be a little disheartening to those of us who substitute soy products for meat and dairy in our diet in order to reduce our environmental impact. Do we have … More A Savior in Soy: Environmental Impact of Soy Versus Meat

Staking Our Forests on Steak: How the beef industry drives deforestation

There is no getting around it. We need trees. We need trees, not just along suburban roads and decorating our yards. We need great masses of trees in vast untracked forests. Trees are vital for maintaining the oxygen supply in our atmosphere. In the process of photosynthesis trees take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. … More Staking Our Forests on Steak: How the beef industry drives deforestation

Not Beans, but Meat Is Giving Us Gas: How Giving Up Meat Can Dramatically Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Few scientific topics have had as much media coverage as greenhouse gas effects on climate change. The theory is certainly familiar to all of us. Various greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide, methane, ozone and nitrous oxide) surround our planet and hold in the energy from the suns rays. The effect is familiar to anyone who … More Not Beans, but Meat Is Giving Us Gas: How Giving Up Meat Can Dramatically Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Single Best Way to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

We all want to do our part to reverse the environmental damage that the modern lifestyle has wrought upon the earth. Many of us go out of our way to follow lists prepared by experts to help us reduce our ecological footprint. Here is a sample list graciously prepared by Georgetown University: Take the Stairs … More The Single Best Way to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

Gut Feelings—Mood and Microbiome

It is becoming clear that the microbiome has a profound influence on our brains. The metabolites produced by the microbiome have a direct impact on brain development. They impact the production of mood altering neurotransmitters. They produce short chain fatty-acids like butyrate and propionate that feed the glial cells in our brains, and help it to remain healthy. The gut microbiome is likely a major factor in the presence of several mental and metabolic disorders. … More Gut Feelings—Mood and Microbiome