Jan 4th, 2007
I hope your 2007 is off to a great start and any lingering hangovers are long gone! This is the time of year for reflection and renewal, and with that…I would like to encourage you to go veg one-day-a-week (1-in-7), if you haven’t tried it already. The difference you make is huge and the change in your lifestyle is minimal. Try it for your health and well-being.
In recent weeks, there were some interesting developments in the animal kingdom. Unfortunately, all is not well. Over the holidays, the FDA not only announced that it was safe for meat and milk from cloned animals to be sold to consumers but that producers are not required to label it as such. Just to clarify, (as the oddity of this may not come immediately across) scientists have been successfully cloning animals for only a few years, but the FDA is certain as to the safety of their consumption. For me, this is a bit much. All ethics and lab science aside, how can the FDA be so sure that there will not be adverse effects from this? Wow.
In other news, over the holidays, scientists announced that they found and “knocked out” the gene responsible for making the protein that causes Mad Cow disease. Now they are working to genetically engineer cows to not have this gene. It is important to note that Mad Cow disease or “brain wasting disease” is caused by cows eating other cows (or other ruminants) infected with the disease, a practice that is common in industrial factory farming. With this new development and its potential to eliminate the disease from the chain, I wonder how much longer it will be before the chain breaks altogether?
Now…let’s switch focus. It’s not all doom and gloom, and neither is the news this year. I want to take the time to point out the American public is not solely relying upon science and technology to solve our food chain ills. Sustainable farming practices are on the rise and people are becoming more educated about where their food comes from. I recently read in Wired Magazine that organic produce demand is far exceeding the supply currently produced in the , so much so that imports largely supplement domestic supply. This alone demonstrates that there is a big market for it and hopefully we will soon be able to meet this growing market using our own soil. Note: check out the video on wannaveg about sustainable farming.
During the holidays I made some pretty big changes to the wannaveg.com website. These changes make the site way more interactive and will allow for more frequent updates. I hope you will take some time to take a look around, and I hope you will like it! (I think you will…) While you peruse the articles, feel free to post your comments on the site. Also, if you want to contribute content (please), let me know and I’ll set up an account for you to do so (or just send me the info and I’ll take care of it). I am going to start posting some more recipes soon, so keep an eye out. J
Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!