I don’t quite have my zest back, but have found some sugar-sweet holiday zest elsewhere on other people’s blogs. I am loving all these sweet inspired Halloween recipes! Maybe this will give me an inspirational kick in the pants & make one or two of these over the weekend!
We know that too much meat is unhealthy for your body, but it turns out that producing the meat you eat isn’t so hot for the planet, either. Here are just a few of the environmental impacts of eating meat:
Efficiency. Rather than directly eating beans and grains, we have to grow these plants to feed to livestock, which uses more land, more water, and more fossil fuels.
Deforestation. All of those animals have to live somewhere, and when farmers need more land to raise livestock they sometimes do so at the detriment of forests. In fact, a 2009 study found that 80 percent of Amazon deforestation was linked to raising cows.
Fossil fuels. Conventional agriculture in general is very fossil-fuel intensive, and meat production is incredibly wasteful. It takes eight times the fossil fuels to produce meat than to produce plant-based proteins, like beans and corn.
Opting for meat from smaller-scale, non-industrial farms can help mitigate some of the problems above. Ditching the CAFO meat means paying more, and a good way to mitigate the increased cost is to eat less meat or even cut it out of your diet all together. I know that giving meat up completely isn’t for everyone, but even replacing a few meals a week with meatless ones can make a difference! If you are looking to cut back or cut out the meat, check out some of these vegan cooking tips for beginners to help get you started. A couple of good vegan or vegetarian cookbooks can be a big help in transitioning to a less meat-intensive diet, too!
“The administration’s new student loan plan, titled ‘Know Before You Owe,’ would allow college graduates to cap federal student loan repayments at 10 percent of discretionary income starting in January, two years before the cap was due to take effect under federal law. The accelerated ‘pay as you earn’ option, which Obama will authorize through executive authority, could benefit up to 1.6 million borrowers and reduce their payments by as much as a couple of hundred dollars a month….
All remaining debt on the federal loans would be forgiven after 20 years — five years earlier than under current law.”