Veg Out for the Planet
Earth Day Event at Our Hospital
In 2006, the Food And Agriculture of the United Nations released a 400-page report entitled "Livestock's Long Shadow."It showed that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined. Since then, other studies have suggested the greenhouse gas emission percentage cited in the study are grossly underestimated and that the effects from agribusiness are, in actuality, far more severe. The implication of these studies is that even a modest reduction in our use of animal products can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas production.
Additionally, vegan food can feed many more hungry people than resource-intensive and wasteful animal products can.
Aside from being better for the planet, a plant-based diet is also healthier. T. Colin Campbell in the China Study, one of the longest nutritional studies ever done showed undeniable links between the consumption of animal products and the development of many diseases. We can, by modifying our diets, remain healthier and prevent many diseases.
There are many reasons to switch to a plant-based diet. But the one in the forefront for me is the ethical one. Billions of animals live horribly deprived, and painful lives in CAFO's (confined animal feeding operations), also known as factory farms. They die excruciating deaths - all for our greedy and selfish appetites. With the amount of healthy vegan food available to us, there is NO excuse for this.
L to R: Cynthia King (of CK Dance and creator of vegan ballet slippers ), Julian Deych, Michael Harren (music teacher), Rina Deych, Dawne Eng (planning to open vegan grocery), Nancy Sands (Registered Dietician at the hospital) and her two daughters, Nichole (who wants to be a veterinarian) and Bree. Swati Patel (physical therapist) and Louise Silnick (social worker) also helped (but are not in this photo).
We had two large tables, one for literature and one full of delicious vegan food from the V-Spot Cafe, my favorite vegan restaurant in Brooklyn, and the one who catered our last hospital event, as well as our last Sean Casey vegan table! We served the food on sugar cane plates with corn starch forks!
The literature table had tons of great pamphlets from various organizations, including summary of UN report "Livestock's Long Shadow," "The Cow is a Climate Bomb" article, EarthSave's "How to Win an Argument With a Meat Eater," PCRM's Veg starter Kits, Pamela Rice's "101 Reasons Why I Am Vegetarian," Friends of Animals' Vegan Guides, Veg for Life Guide to Veg Living, Farm Sanctuary's Factory Farming: Destroying the Environment and The Truth Behind "Humane" Meat Milk and Eggs, Excerpt from the China Study and and lots more. We also gave out incredible audio CD's by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, of Compassionate Cooks!
We also showed the film "A Life Connected," which covered the environmental, health, and ethical reasons for going vegan: