By Shireen Qudosi
Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and this year we have a few green additions to our family. With my newly turned eco leaf and with one of our family members going vegetarian, this year Thanksgiving presents a whole new set of challenges.
With much green talk amongst industries and households, eco industry watchers are saying the world has officially entered an emerging green economy – a trend that will only continue to gain momentum, says eco-expert Kim Carlson.
1. Clean out your refrigerator and kitchen cupboards. Read the labels of every product in your home that you deem edible. If you cant pronounce it, or it has more ingredients than words in the bible, chances are your body isnt meant to digest it. Are there foods in your cupboards you feel guilty just looking at? Guilt is the greatest destroyer of emotional energy-therefore you dont need it, or the Snickers bar in your life. Nature provides some of the most delectable treats you could ever imagine. Head to nutritional expert David Wolfes website www.davidwolfe.com, for the low-down on one of natures most incredible gifts: raw cacao. The cacao bean is natures number one weight loss and high-energy food.
How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same-a tomato still looks like a tomato-it has been radically transformed.
By Shannon Dunn
As I settled in for the evening to watch a preview copy of Sundance Channels soon-to-be-aired The Lazy Environmentalist, I was looking forward to learning how its easy to be green-that we can all do it, once equipped with the know how.
My excitement turned to disappointment part way through the first episode, which is set to air on June 16, as the shows host, environmental entrepreneur Josh Dorfman, forgot to mention an important fact to the family he had gone to help: their excessive meat consumption is one of the major reasons our planet is being destroyed.
I glanced at the latest cover of Vogue with Cameron Diaz and next to her name was the headline “Queen of Green.” Heres what I dont get: how can a woman who goes on national talk shows telling us plebeians how to change our light bulbs to be more “green” not understand that by consuming meat (she is quoted as saying she “loves” hamburgers-they are her “weakness”) that she is contributing to the single greatest cause of environmental destruction on the planet?
Why it’s great: Earthlings exposes the human race’s reliance on other living beings as pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research. It illustrates the disrespect people show for “non-human” providers and conveys the strong message that all living things on earth are not separate, rather we are all earthlings.
Who’s watching it: Vegetarians Alicia Silverstone, Forest Whitaker, Natalie Portman, Clint Eastwood, Casey Affleck, and people who want to know what is really happening behind the scenes, as the human race continues to rely on animals for profit.
What you’ll learn: How meat makes it to the table, the cruelty administered at puppy mills and animal shelters, factory farms as well as the bloodbath of the leather and fur trades.
Want to know more? See www.earthlings.com