Previously I indexed our eco articles into five categories: Environment, green living, non-gmo, organic and sustainable.
Increasingly those articles wanted to blend into one category. I realized that category should be called 'human ecology', after starting to read Green Vegans and The New Human Ecology by Will Anderson.'
So here are all the green, eco, organic, non-gmo and sustainable articles listed on one page. It's the oneness of all.
'Human Ecology' refers to the relationship of human beings to each other, to our fellow creatures, and to all of life, within the interwoven eco-systems on the planet that we inhabit.
Many scientists and astute observers have expressed doubt, given our current wantonly destructive human ecology, that a) the human race will survive, and b) that planet earth itself will survive the human race.
We have two choices:
1) We can sit around eating steak and processed food, watching Fox news, driving our cars, getting fatter and sicker, and continue existing in a state of willful and hostile ignorance.
2) We can do everything in our power, as individuals and collectively, to replace our destructive habits with positive habits. Going vegetarian, ideally vegan, is happily one of the easiest and best things that you can do for yourself, for your fellow beings, and for Planet Earth on all levels.
When we first started talking about the veg-diet-environment connection, the evidence was there, but few people seemed to care. Energy and environment experts were in denial. Even Al Gore, famous global warming expert and author of 'An Inconvenient Truth', chose to ignore that particular truth.
But nobody can ignore an elephant in the room for long. Now, 'global warming' 'renewable energy', 'sustainability' 'non-gmo' 'permaculture' 'organic' are buzz words, and it's green to be vegetarian, even greener to be vegan.Capitalism, Climate Change, Poverty & Hunger Comfortably Unaware Review Environment, Global Warming, World Hunger, Veg Diet This is Hope|Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology - Review Meat Eating, Global Warming, Vegetarian Diet Nature's Water Economy Toxins in Bottled Water Environment Resource Guide
When I think about green living, I think about sustainability, because if it isn't sustainable, our lifestyle won't be green for long.
If you are at all conscious, or have a conscience, you're aware of the game of brinkmanship the human race is playing, and all of the un-green living which has contributed.
On a green scale from 0 - 10: A completely unhealthy diet and lifestyle based on animal products, processed food and environmental destruction is a big fat zero. 10 is a diet of whole organic unprocessed plant foods and a sustainable green lifestyle.Ten Things You Can Do To Fight World Hunger Food Revolution, by John Robbins, Review Green Living Resource Guide Is Tap Water Safe to Drink? Grocery Stores Stock More Locally Sourced Foods No Happy Cows, by John Robbins, Review The Compassionate Diet, Arran Stephens The Vegetarian Solution, Review Veggie Revolution - Review
Most of us, before we go vegetarian or vegan, and start searching for healthy eating guidelines, aren't aware that GMOs exist, or why they're so dangerous to our health.
From an interview with Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception, exposing bad science behind gmos, government and biotech industry lies:
There are many ways in which a GMO food could create toxins, allergens, carcinogens, or nutritional problems.
The process of inserting a gene into a DNA can dramatically disrupt the normal genes. One study showed that as many as 5% of the natural genes changed their levels of expression when a single gene was inserted.
Genes can get turned off or deleted, switched on permanently, scrambled, duplicated, or relocated. Gene insertion coupled with growing cells from tissue culture, creates hundreds or thousands of mutations throughout the genome.
On top of all this, the inserted gene can get mutated, truncated, or blended with the crop's natural gene code. And it appears that the inserted genes get rearranged over time as well. Any of these changes can create serous problems in themselves, or set in motion a chain of reactions that can lead to problems.
Tragically, the studies conducted on GMO crops are not designed to identify the vast majority of possible problems. When scientists understand the dangers involved with GMO technology and then discover what studies are actually conducted, they're shocked. They realize the extent to which consumers are being used as guinea pigs, just so the biotech industry doesn't have to spend the money doing the proper research.
There are fewer than 20 peer-reviewed animal-feeding safety studies. And many of these are industry-funded and clearly rigged to avoid finding problems.
No, GMO crops are NOT adequately tested for safety!10 Reasons to Avoid GMO Foods Like the Plague Find Non-GMO Foods - Green Peace True Food Network OCA's 10 Scary Reasons to Label GMOs Seeds of Deception, Exposing Industry & Government Lies About GE Foods Non-GMO Resource Guide
From Wikipedia: "Organic food is, in general, produced without the use of artificial pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)."
From Organic Food: What Is It and Why Should We Eat It?: Organic food is produced through an ecological system of agricultural management, which theoretically produces nutritionally superior plants, resistant to pests & disease.
Actually, the nutritional quality, as well as the pest and disease resistance of organically grown food depends on the quality of the soil.
Therefore organic agriculture builds soil quality through practices such as composting and other natural soil amendments, mulching and green manure, crop rotation, companion planting, water conservation.
Organic farming can be (and often is) practised without regard to the broader context of sustainability, and the term 'organic' includes processed food and consumer products, as well as agriculture.10 Ways to Eat Organic on a Tight Budget Confessions of an Obsessive Organic Gardener Organic Food Resource Guide Organic, Inc., by Samuel Fromartz, Review Organic Food: What Is It and Why Should We Eat It?
"Is it sustainable?" - the BIG question to ask about any aspect of life. It's perhaps the hardest question to answer and there are many different opinions about it.
'Sustainable' is often paired with 'agriculture', but sustainability goes far beyond that, to every aspect of our existence: food, housing, clothing, business, money, transportation, climate change, population growth.