Spoiling Our Soil: Animal Agriculture and Desertification

Recent research has confirmed what many gardeners already suspected, that working in the soil makes you happier. A particular bacteria in the soil (Mycobacterium vaccae) triggers the release of serotonin in the brain—a natural anti-depressant. That is just one of the many rewards that we receive from nurturing rich garden loam. Garden loam is composed … More Spoiling Our Soil: Animal Agriculture and Desertification

Dead Zones: How Animal Agriculture Is Killing Our Waterways

When we think about conserving our rivers, streams and lakes, we don’t usually think of livestock as a major issue. Surely the reason that our waterways are polluted has to do with industrial waste, and not animal waste. But the truth is that our appetite for meat is the leading cause of damage to our … More Dead Zones: How Animal Agriculture Is Killing Our Waterways

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

Blood and Guts–Microbiota and Metabolic Syndrome

It is so common to find high cholesterol, high blood sugar, obesity and high blood pressure together that doctors have a name for it—Metabolic Syndrome. It is a break down in the metabolism that affects all of our vital systems. It generally ends in a premature death through heart disease, stroke or complications due to … More Blood and Guts–Microbiota and Metabolic Syndrome

Gut Reaction–Our Microbiome and Gut Health

The microbes that live in our digestive tract can either be our closest friends, or our most bitter enemies. The Standard American Diet (SAD) full of antibiotic laden meat and dairy products, as well as preservative laden processed foods, tends to kill off the friendlier organisms in our gut and encourages the flourishing of decay … More Gut Reaction–Our Microbiome and Gut Health