Living Responsibly—Eat Lower on the Food Chain: Make Your Life a Beautiful Prayer

“Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.”
—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Christine Muller (faculty for the Wilmette Institute’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind courses) continues to give us monthly tips aimed at helping us to live more socially and environmentally responsible lives and to treat our physical world with the respect it deserves. We hope that, as we make these tips a part of our habits, we will collectively be mitigating the severity of climate change, reducing human suffering, and keeping the Earth a livable place for the next generations.—THE EDITORS

Eat Lower on the Food Chain

by Christine Muller

Buffalo Chicken & Quinoa Veggie Bowl

Buffalo Chicken & Quinoa Veggie Bowl. Source: www.thecreativebite.com

Eating lower on the food chain simply means eating more plants than animal products. Why? First, it is good for your physical health because of several reasons: Factory-farmed meats contain hormones and antibiotics. In addition, toxic herbicides and pesticides used in the production of fodder for livestock accumulates in their fatty tissues. Second, it is ethically the better choice: Most livestock are raised and slaughtered under cruel conditions. Third, a more plant-based diet is socially responsible: Livestock production requires much more agricultural land to grow the feed for livestock than it does to grow grains for people. Fourth, but in the long-term most vital for humankind, is the devastating impact that meat production has on the environment. We are talking about chemical pollution, soil erosion and degradation, deforestation, excessive water use, pollution of rivers and the ocean, and, last, but not least, huge quantities of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock that warm our earth and change the climate for centuries, even millennia. Like all other lifestyle changes, including our spiritual development, eating more responsibly happens gradually over time. When ‘Abdu’-Bahá was asked about how to better our lives, he is reported to have responded, “Kam, kam, rúz bih rúz”— “Little by little, day by day.” If you eat meat twice a day, reduce it to once a day. If you eat meat once a day, reduce it to every second day. Most polluting are beef and lamb. Consider changing to organically and humanely raised chicken and turkey. Rice, lentils, and vegetables are delicious. Bon appetit!

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UPCOMING TIPS
Buy Used Clothing
Recycle Right

TIPS FROM 2018
Shower Less  /  Avoid Plastics  /  Purchase Mindfully  /  Why Eat Organic?  /  The Bees and We  /
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances  /  Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk

TIPS FROM 2017
(Choose Reusable Shopping Bags / Insulate Your House / Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings / Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture / Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap / Go Solar / Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry / Ethical and Easy Lawns / Buy Clean Energy / Eat Less Beef / Home Energy Audit / Searching the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)

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