DawnWatch: NY Times and Chicago Tribune recommend veggie diets for planet and health — 7/1/07

July 2nd, 2007 8:50 pm by mad mags

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Date: Jul 2, 2007 8:33 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times and Chicago Tribune recommend veggie diets for planet and health — 7/1/07

Two huge papers — the New York Times and Chicago Tribune — gave veggie diets ringing endorsements on Sunday, July 1 backgammon free android. Other, Monday July 2 papers have calls for animal welfare standards, which I will look at in a separate alert.

The Sunday, July 1 New York Times carried an article, by Alex Williams, on the cover of the Sunday Styles Section (section 9) headed “Buying Into the Green Movement.” The point of the article is to “question the notion that we can avert global warming by buying so-called earth-friendly products, from clothing and cars to homes and vacations, when the cumulative effect of our consumption remains enormous and hazardous.” It quotes an author who says that “Green consumerism is an oxymoronic phrase” and discusses how the news media have been responsible for “turning environmentalism into fashion and distracting from serious issues.” That article is on line at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/01/fashion/01green.html epaper for free.

Of most interest to those of us particularly concerned with animal issues, is a small related section, on page 9, headed, “Tread Lightly, Fly Directly.” It recommends ways to reduce your carbon footprint, taking “a few suggestions from among 77 offered by ‘The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook’ by David de Rothschild, the official companion book to the Live Earth concerts.”

The number one suggestion offered in the New York Times summary is:

“Whenever possible, replace meat with soy or other vegetable protein in your diet kun je instagram download op ipad. It takes eight times as much energy to produce a pound of meat as it does a pound of tofu.”

(Let’s hope Al Gore read the New York Times this Sunday.)

You can read the other seven suggestions at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/01/fashion/01gside.html. And most importantly you can keep the discussion of the number one suggestion going on the Times editorial page with a letter to the editor. The New York Times takes letters at letters [at] nytimes. com.

You might want to make some of the points made in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune article, by Julie Deardorff, headed “Balanced veggie diets give kids a healthy choice.” (Pg Q6) Deardorff jumps off from the latest vegan family diet scandal, in which the father of 10-year-old quintuplets “is seeking primary residential custody, charging that Nelson Folkersen has ‘serious psychological control issues’ and won’t let her children eat animal products.'”

Deardorff writes:

“The real issue isn’t what they eat, as long as they’re not malnourished. The courts will decide the case this month based on which parent can provide a stable and healthy environment.

“But as the divorce petition suggests, the notion that a vegan diet is dangerous for children still exists, even though it has been shown that children can thrive without meat or dairy products. In fact, proper vegetarian diets have substantial health benefits and are appropriate for people at all stages of life, including pregnancy, lactation, childhood and adolescence, according to the American Dietetic Association.

“Vegetarian diets are lower in saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein and have higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium folate, antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals. They can reduce the risk of diabetes, some cancers and cardiovascular disease.

“Vegetarians, meanwhile, have been shown to have lower body mass indexes than non-vegetarians, as well as lower blood pressure, hypertension and blood cholesterol levels.”

She offers some tips. You’ll find the article on line at http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/health/chi-0701deardorffjul01,1,2902244.column or http://tinyurl.com/ysputp and can send an appreciative letter to the editor at the Chicago Tribune at http://tinyurl.com/4lsug.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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