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Eating your Greens...
Mangeant vos

Which lifestyle do you think has a smaller impact on the earth? Vegetarianism or eating bio-regionally?

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Selon vous, quel style de vie a le moins d'impact sur la terre?
Le végétarisme ou se nourrir à partir de la bio-région?

Let us know your feelings...
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June 22, 2006
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June 16, 2006
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Oct 14, 2003
If you must choose one, I'd say vegetarianism, as trucking vegetables probably takes less energy than raising animals for livestock.

Oct. 4th 2001
Bi-regionally and organic.  Vegetarianism is a personal dietary choice.
Bio-regional is taking advantage of the best that is available locally.
A nutrition sub site in Elements will be great !

Sept. 13, 2000
There's lots of basis for arguing that hunter gathererers live lightly , but we've reached a bit of a breaking point as far as the population density goes. Thus, we should take a look at ideas like permaculture, and include in our analysis the question of sentience. Sometimes, we have to go beyond the limitations of expediency, and take a leap into the world of ideals. Most of us are not comfortable with killing mammals, but we would have no qualms about picking fruit and vegetables.
Also, a lot more than food is traveling from place to place, and perhaps the question should extend to life killing industries like oil, trucking, cars, Walmarts, and the huge wave of post industrial garbage we'll be digging out from under for the next few centuries.

Peggy Woolsey
October 31, 1999
I'm raising and eating bunnies now thanks to the support of Jim Clarke on the island, but the vegetarians think I am very mean and cruel. 
Oct 21, 1999
Bio-regionally 'cause it makes sense!
Fresh-local-organic produce....Yuuuuummmm!!

Lou McMillan
Sept 30, 1999
Without a doubt ... Bio-regionally.
Ecobotics Club 

Sept 30, 1999
Well Gyorgy Lukacs and others accused 'bourgeois thinkers' of being locked into polarities. I don't know if his Hegelian Marxism is still valid, but I don't see a conflict. Bio regional vegetarianism why not? 
Sept 29, 1999
Sept 16, 1999
How about eating bio-regional vegetables!? That's totally politically correct and perfectly earth friendly - well, as long as the vegetables are organic!
14 sept. 1999
Je pense que l'alimentation bio-régionale profiterait beaucoup aux producteurs locaux, soit les éleveurs d'animaux de ferme, les producteurs maraîchers ou autres. Une alimentation réduite en viande, mais pas nécessairement uniquement végétarienne, serait préférable.
Bill Barteau
Sept 10, 1999
   Eating vegetables grown by small local organic (read organic as no pesticides and no chemical fertilizers) farms has by far a smaller impact on the earth than simply being a vegetarian. The term "bio-regionally" is needless. Speaking over the heads of the masses is one sure way to guarantee failure of any initiative to inform the public about ways to eat healthier.
   Yet there is no simple way to encourage people to buy organic, because the term organic means nothing at the local grocery store anymore. "Pesticide free" and "chemical fertilizer free" will now have to replace "organic". And then only until more sanitary products are developed that can fit under the umbrella of these terms.
   This is the same syndrome as the "Reduce, reuse and recycle" initiative. No one knows why "recycle" comes last. If you reduce and/or reuse, you don't have to recycle!
   All in all, there is no substitute for education about how to eat healthy at an early age. And even then, people will still have to battle the war of words at the supermarket.

Gisèle Hachey
10 sept. 1999
Je dirais que se nourrir de produits agricoles régionales pourrait peut-être avoir un moins grand impact sur l'environnement de notre terre. Par contre, je suis loin d'être spécialiste en environnement.  Pour ce qui est de l'essort économique qu'entraînerait les deux tranchants de cette question, ce pourrait être tout à fait différent. Parallèlement, cet essort pourrait donc avoir un impact également indésiré de notre situation globale sur terre. 
Patty Donovan
Sept 9, 1999


Bio-regionally because the food would not have to be shipped as far.... less consumption of fossil fuels and green house effect producing gases!!!!
Beth McLaughlin
Sept 9, 1999
Since I've done lots of reading on sustainability (and now I'm an unqualified expert!!) 
I think eating bio-regionally is much better for the planet because they estimate that one forkful of food going into a Canadian mouth has travelled between one-two thousand kilometres!! That's a lot of fuel burned up in the trucking so I figure that if we want to make a personal contribution to reducing global warming and the greenhouse effect, eating locally (including nasty old meat) is better overall for the planet and the local economy.
- eating pesticide free, additive free is much easier to do when it doesn't travel very far 
- and the local economy, what was I saying - decent prices to farmers and cultivators, community sharing associations, where we pay up front for a weekly share of the produce, lots of possibilities.

Ted Shedd
Sept 9, 1999


Debbie Jeffery
Sept 9, 1999


I would guess that eating bioregionally has more environmental benefits and less negative impact on the environment.
Gilles Roussel
9 sept, 1999  


Un heureux mariage entre les 2 fait l'affaire.
Allan Calder
Sept 9, 1999


Sept 7, 1999



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