Happy Halloween everyone!
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Tonight, I want to share a recent lifestyle change Dylan and I have both made - we're now vegetarians again. I say again because both of us - at different times in our lives, even before we knew each other - were vegetarians for many years. To be honest, I don't really remember why I started eating meat again.
But of late, we both have scaled back the amount of meat we eat - particularly red meat. And then we watched a movie on Netflix called Cowspiracy. It has its critics, but it was certainly an eye-opener. It contends that animal agriculture (raising and killing animals for food) is responsible for the most destruction to our planet. It takes up more water (hydrating the animals is one thing, but watering the crops we raise to feed them is an enormous additional use); pollutes our fresh water and oceans (killing fish and other important elements of the ecosystem) with waste runoff; creates tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases; is the biggest cause of rainforest deforestation; the list goes on and on.
On top of all this, new research has confirmed that the consumption of processed meat and red meat are linked to cancer.
I don't mean to preach, but once I learned all of the above, I couldn't ethically justify eating meat. Of course, we still sell it at the store! Organic meats from Arcadian Pastures in upstate New York are pasture-raised on a family farm. But, with this change, Dylan and I have grown more sensitive to the lack of vegetarian and vegan options available in our neighborhood. So, keep an eye out for an even wider selection of meat-alternatives and veggie-friendly choices!
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