Frankenstorm Sandy is what we eat
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Dear Editor:

Frankenstorm Sandy is one more dramatic demonstration that climate change and its extreme weather patterns are now part of our future.

Although we're unlikely to reverse climate change, we can still mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, our energy use, and our meat consumption.

Yes, meat consumption. A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat cosumption accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that it may be closer to 50 percent.

Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport, and slaughter animals and to refrigerate their carcasses. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

We have the power of reducing the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of soy-based lunch "meats," hotdogs, veggie burgers, soy and nut-based dairy products (including cheese and ice cream), and an ample selection of traditional vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes, and transition tips are available at www.livevegan.org.

Sincerely,
Hugh Reilly

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debitaliano
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December 05, 2012
Thanks for writing this Hugh. For folks interested in this topic would recommend checking out the Grace Communications Foundation site who are behind the film The Meatrix and the Meatless Mondays Campaign. They are collaborators of Sustainable JC and I think do the best job out there on educating the public on the interconnectedness of food, energy and water - important as we consider a systems approach to solving some of these problems http://www.gracelinks.org/

Sustainable JC would love to bring Meatless Mondays to Jersey City and if this is a topic near and dear to your heart consider joining our Good Food Now! initiative.

We are hosting our first Community Dinner Fundraiser this Sun nite up at St. Paul's and will not be serving meat ! Join us early to catch the film we'll be showing on the Detroit food movement URBAN ROOTS; more info here http://www.facebook.com/events/300611020040767/
andyvelwest
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December 05, 2012
Hugh,

Thanks for writing this. Diet is a vital part of lowering our carbon footprint and restoring our planet's ecological equalibrium. Please join Sustainable JC this Sunday (12/9) at St Paul's Church (near JSQ) for a film screening and vegan dinner. We'd love to talk with you! We also have regular org meetings and Green Drinks Art at HCCC including this Friday (busy month!). Details at SustainableJC.org or facebook "Sustainable JC".

Andy Velwest