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Peace, Love and Vegetables… June 13, 2007

Filed under: Barefoot Books - titles,environment,parenting articles — paulabrown @ 2:46 pm

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So I took my collection of Barefoot Books to the Bristol Vegan Fayre at the weekend which was a pleasant way to spend the weekend.

Herb the Vegetarian Dragon and his Peace, Love and Vegetables set went down well and apart from using feathers and shells in my Tatty Bumpkin sessions (we had been told not to bring any animal products, by- or otherwise!) all went smoothly.

Now I’m not a vegan, in fact I’m a lapsed vegetarian, after many years I buckled and now the kids and I eat organic chicken and sausages once a week each and one portion of fish if I can disguise it. It did make me think, mostly from an environmental point of view, about what I eat and I came up with these facts and activities:

  • Diet now followed by the original actor who played Ronald McDonald in McDonald’s child-oriented commercials: Vegetarian
  • India is the world’s number one producer of vegetarian cheese

  • Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian

  • In the weightlessness of space a frozen pea will explode if it comes in contact with Pepsi (Ok only vaguely on-topic!)

  • The first McDonald’s restaurant opened for business in 1952 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and featured the McHaggis sandwich.

  • Pigs have feelings too: world’s smartest pig, owned by a mathematics teacher in Madison, WI, memorized the multiplication tables up to 12.

    And on a more serious note:

  • It takes 2,500 gallons of water, 12 pounds of grain, 35 pounds of topsoil and the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline to produce one pound of feedlot beef.

  • 5 million acres of rainforest are felled every year in South and Central America alone to create cattle pasture.

  • Roughly 20% of all currently threatened and endangered species in the US are harmed by livestock grazing.

  • Animal agriculture is a chief contributor to water pollution.

  • One-half of the Earth’s land mass is grazed by livestock.

  • 70% of cleared forests in Panama and Costa Rica are now in pasture.

  • 95% of human exposure to the potent carcinogen dioxin comes from consuming meat, poultry and dairy.

If you want to teach your kids about vegetarianism or about tolerating people who are check out Herb the Vegetarian Dragon- www.mybarefootbooks.com/PaulaBrown

Please let me know of other food-related facts!

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