Thursday, May 22, 2008

I'm Back in Seattle...and Married

After a two week visit on the east coast, I'm finally back in Seattle. And, I came back a married man!

The wedding was amazing. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day, even with the light rain that morning. My wife looked very beautiful. Everyone was happy and enjoyed the vegan food.

I've been extremely busy with many things in my personal life, but I'll be blogging again soon.

I'm going to have to try to forget about the sun now that I'm back in Seattle. It was beautiful most of the time in DC.

I'm extremely happy and I hope you all are too. I hope to write again soon.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Getting Married

I'll be largely out of commission the next two weeks, as I'm headed to the east coast to get married.

For those of you interested, here's some information on planning our vegan wedding and our eco-friendly wedding invitations.

Talk to you all soon!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Answer to Conserving Resources Lies on Your Plate

I've had enough of all the recent bashing of biofuels. I drive a biodiesel car and do all I can to reduce my carbon footprint.

Here's a snippet from the article:

But with growing fears over biofuels stealing from dinner plates to fill gas tanks, people are starting to wonder: How green are biofuels?

The media is looking for a scapegoat, someone to blame for rising crop prices. Their plan: bash biodiesel and other biofuels. I was unaware that going to war for oil, killing innocent people, and transporting that fuel all the way back to the U.S. was more eco-friendly. I must have missed that.

The biodiesel I run in my car is grown right here in Washington state, produced in South Seattle, and sold at a station a mile from my home. That's not eco-friendly? Sure, it takes resources to produce anything; however, nearly all electricity in Seattle comes from renewable energy, which is wonderful. That set aside, it still takes far less resources to produce my biodiesel than it would to buy oil dug up across the world and shipped here. (Not to mention the CO2 gasoline puts into the air.)

Anyway, my point is this: if you want to conserve resources, go vegan! Adopting a vegan diet is the best thing you can do for your health, the environment, and other life on this planet. Years ago I wrote an essay on my reasons for going vegan. I'll locate the paper and post it on my blog in the near future.

Eating lower on the food chain requires less resources. Makes sense, right? Instead of wasting so much agricultural land growing crops to feed to animals, why not just eat the crops directly yourself? Here's a visual comparison of the resources involved to support omnivore and vegan diets:

Omnivore: Raising crops -> housing animals -> feeding crops to animals -> slaughtering animals -> shipping animal byproducts

Vegan: Raising crops -> processing crops -> shipping crops

Note: you can also cut on the processing phase by buying whole foods and supporting your local farmers.

Consuming animals in today's society is completely unnecessary, and it's actually harmful to your health. So, if you decide to consume animals you're doing so based solely on taste.

I'll leave you with a final question: is eating animals worth wasting all those resources and contributing to the degradation of our planet?