Conservation has been a topic in recent years that has blossomed into activism in areas which were previously undiscussed. Leading a sustainable lifestyle is something that everyone can do with minimal effort, to the degree that fits their lifestyle. When it comes to water conservation, most recent news has focused on the drought in California, causing the declaration of a State of Emergency in January. As of May 19, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board approved measures to provide $19 million for emergency drinking water needs.
It’s not just California experiencing unprecedented weather conditions. Worldwide, in the past decade every year except 2008 was reported as warmer than it had ever been previously. Wasteful consumption of natural resources extends far past the individual home. To produce one gallon of milk, 1,000 gallons of water are required. So Delicious Coconut Milk requires 3.7 gallons of water from start to finish. A farm hosting 2,500 dairy cows creates as much waste as a city of 411,000. To feed one omnivore per year, 18x more land is required than the 1/6 acre a vegan needs. An acre and a half can produce either 37,000 pounds of plant-based food, or only 375 pounds of meat. The meat and dairy industry use nearly a third of the fresh water in the world today.
Trying to live with a lower carbon footprint? Going vegan saves 50% more carbon emissions than driving a hybrid. Hoping to save trees? Nearly 80% of deforested land is now used as cattle pasture. How can citizens of this planet help improve the impact our species has on the beautiful world around us? Go vegan. In April 2015, a federal report was released which announced that a vegan diet is what’s best for our planet. In this report, it “says the average U.S. diet has a larger environmental impact in terms of increased greenhouse gas emissions, land use, water use and energy use than the healthy dietary pattern it suggests — one that’s rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, seafood, legumes and nuts; moderate in low- and non-fat dairy products and alcohol; and lower in red and processed meat, sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, and refined grains.
There is a fairly large group of people who do not feel that a vegan diet is right for them, and that’s ok. Cutting out meat a few days per week, dropping dairy altogether except as a special treat, and eating more whole fruits and vegetables (and no processed food) is not only better for you, it’s better for our environment. Saving animals aside, this way of eating is rich in vitamins and minerals and is packed with the most nutrition for the least amount of calories as compared to eating meat. Additionally, increased fiber, less sugar and more nutrients leads to a leaner, healthier human who is less tired and much more active.
Make it a preference to support companies that are environmentally sound. So Delicious releases a sustainability report in which they discuss their non-GMO commitment, their product and production transparency, their environmental stewardship, and their social responsibility. Organic farmers are wholeheartedly supported, fair trade suppliers are utilized, energy and water usage is monitored and adjusted to be as efficient as possible, and they even track their carbon footprint.
Recently, I was able to try the entire line of So Delicious shelf stable products. These are great to keep on hand for emergency purposes. My all-time favorite products of theirs are the coconut milks. There is a recipe for Bombay to Bangkok Vegetable Curry on their website which I have made over and over again. The chocolate coconut milk is so rich and thick, I actually dilute it with some unsweetened coconut milk. Sometimes I just swig it right from the carton, though! The chocolate coconut milk also comes in single servings for packing in lunches or just a healthy drink on the go. New to their lineup is the cashew milk carton. Having a light nutty flavor, I’ve used it for everything from smoothies to Thai Cashew Salad Dressing. It’s also good by itself either plain or with a little bit of cinnamon. I also tried it in my cold brewed coffee and found that it adds a nice flavor without having to add any sugar. Check out all of their environmentally smart recipes and commit to a healthier you through a more eco-conscious lifestyle.
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