Great Veggie Fast Food Alternatives

 Johnny Rockets

Do you know what drives me crazy? When I go to the food court (which is a rare occasion), the longest line of moms and kids is always at McDonalds. I have so many problems with that company that I just can’t name them all (most of all, they kill more animals than any other chain). Anyway, I came across this website and I couldn’t believe how many veggie and vegan options there are at some of the chains. If it says you can order the fries and a salad, I don’t find that to be a viable alternative. However, some of these restaurants really have some healthy stuff. The site also makes a good argument for patronizing some of the predominantly meat-based establishments such as Burger King:

Some well-meaning vegans have chosen to ignore the fast-food and chain restaurant market because of its emphasis on animal flesh, but the bottom line is this: In order to convince meat-eaters to stop eating animals, vegetarian options must be convenient and available in the places where meat-eaters munch. There will never be vegan or vegetarian options at restaurant chains unless vegetarians and vegans support them. Some of us never thought that we’d see the day when Burger King or Bennigan’s offered veggie burgers, but now that they do, the millions of carnivores who eat there can see that choosing meatless meals is easy and tasty. This is a huge step in the right direction.

It got me thinking, and it got me hungry!

Message in a Bottle

Ghandi

(couldn’t find a credit for the picture, go to this website for more info)

My Organic Honest Tea bottle top provided the following words to live by:

Be the change that you want to see in the world.
by Mohandas Gandhi

Who knew iced tea could be so profound?

Don’t Have a Cow Man!

Today I heard that livestock “farmers” are upset because corn prices are rising, due to the demand for corn in making ethanol. Don’t get me wrong, I love America’s farmers — the ones who don’t “farm” animals. The methane produced by cows greatly contributes to global warming. If you really want to be green, don’t eat meat! Putting the cruelty to animals argument aside (I consider it to be important, but many others could care less what happens to the animals that are put on their table), and putting the artery clogging argument to the side as well, these animals are polluting our earth! Here is part of an article published by Noam Mohr for Earth Save:

Methane and Vegetarianism
By far the most important non-CO2 greenhouse gas is methane, and the number one source of methane worldwide is animal agriculture.

Methane is responsible for nearly as much global warming as all other non-CO2 greenhouse gases put together. Methane is 21 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than CO2. While atmospheric concentrations of CO2 have risen by about 31% since pre-industrial times, methane concentrations have more than doubled. Whereas human sources of CO2 amount to just 3% of natural emissions, human sources produce one and a half times as much methane as all natural sources. In fact, the effect of our methane emissions may be compounded as methane-induced warming in turn stimulates microbial decay of organic matter in wetlands—the primary natural source of methane.

With methane emissions causing nearly half of the planet’s human-induced warming, methane reduction must be a priority. Methane is produced by a number of sources, including coal mining and landfills—but the number one source worldwide is animal agriculture. Animal agriculture produces more than 100 million tons of methane a year. And this source is on the rise: global meat consumption has increased fivefold in the past fifty years, and shows little sign of abating. About 85% of this methane is produced in the digestive processes of livestock, and while a single cow releases a relatively small amount of methane, the collective effect on the environment of the hundreds of millions of livestock animals worldwide is enormous. An additional 15% of animal agricultural methane emissions are released from the massive “lagoons” used to store untreated farm animal waste, and already a target of environmentalists’ for their role as the number one source of water pollution in the U.S.

The conclusion is simple: arguably the best way to reduce global warming in our lifetimes is to reduce or eliminate our consumption of animal products. Simply by going vegetarian (or, strictly speaking, vegan), , , we can eliminate one of the major sources of emissions of methane, the greenhouse gas responsible for almost half of the global warming impacting the planet today.

Indeed, all the waste runs off into our crops. Experts believe this is how e coli outbreaks occur in vegetables (e coli is found in the intestines of livestock).  While I feel sorry for farmers who are suffering from the higher prices of corn, I really wish they would find another line of work.  However, as long as people want to eat animals, “farmers” will want to breed and raise them.  Do something green (and good for your body too) stop eating meat!

My Child Won’t Take Medicine

Does anyone know how to give a very, very stubborn five-year-old medicine? My daughter and I were up at 4am and at the ER with a suspected appendicitis. They kept us there for hours to get fluids in her and to observe her. We were sent home “on alert” for appendicitis, but with a suspected UTI as well. She is supposed to take antibiotics, one teaspoon two times a day. She will never, ever take medicine. Luckily, she almost never has to. One time she had a fever, we had to give her a suppository (no, they don’t make antibiotics into a suppository). Anyway, we struggled and struggled for 45 min tonight just to get her to take it. She gets herself soooo worked up over it. I get afraid she will throw up because she gets so upset. We refuse to hold her down to get her to take it. We want her to do it herself. It is so stressful negotiating with her. It doesn’t matter what it tastes like. If you tell her it is medicine, she doesn’t want it. Any suggestions?

Don’t You Love GOOD News? Alan Johnston is Free!

We hardly ever get any good news these days.  I am so happy that Alan Johnston is free.  Of course, I don’t know him, but I had been praying for him.  It was so nice to wake up to the NPR news the other day and hear something good!  Sometimes I feel like the witch in the Wiz.  She sings, “Don’t you bring me no bad news.”  I advocate a “good news day” where all that journalists report is good news all day.  Wouldn’t it be marvelous?