Meatless Monday -- curry style!

23 August 2010

This week's Vegan Delight is Apricot Chutney!

Take a few handfuls of apricots, remove the pits, and chop them into pieces. Toss into a small sauce pan, add a generous amount of olive oil, a couple spoons of water, and simmer until it's soft and gooey. Mix in curry powder, salt, and a few pinches of sugar. If you want it smoother (less chunky) then pour it into a processor, and blend to your preferred consistency.

You can serve this chutney over rice, noodles, or taters. It's great with sweet veggies (like beets) on the side.

Food for Thought :

Eating 1 lb of meat produces the same amount of greenhouse gases as driving an SUV 40 miles.

A 2006 United Nations report found that the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined. (1)

Greenhouse gases cause global warming, which studies show will increasingly lead to catastrophic disasters—like droughts, floods, hurricanes, rising sea levels, and disease outbreaks—unless we drastically reduce the amounts emitted into the atmosphere.

Raising animals for their flesh, eggs, and milk is one of the world’s leading emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2). But global warming is caused by more than just CO2. Animal agriculture is the leading source of methane and nitrous oxide emissions, which—combined with carbon dioxide—causes the vast majority of global warming.

* Methane: The billions of farmed animals crammed into factory farms produce enormous amounts of methane, both during digestion and from the acres of cesspools filled with feces that they excrete. Methane is more than 20 times as powerful as carbon dioxide at trapping heat in our atmosphere.(2)

Statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency show that animal agriculture is the number one source of methane emissions in the U.S.(3)

* Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide is about 300 times more potent as a global warming gas than carbon dioxide. According to the U.N., the meat, egg, and dairy industries account for a staggering 65 percent of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions. (4)

1 H. Steinfeld et al., Livestock's Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options, Livestock, Environment and Development (2006).
2 "Global Warming: Methane," U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 8 Mar. 2006.
3 "Sources and Emissions: Methane," U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2 Jun. 2006.
4 Steinfeld et al.

Eat. Think. Feel. Be well.



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