What language do you Eat?…

 

Yes, I know you don’t “eat” language but lately my and my husbands dietary choices have become the topic of conversation, especially during the holidays. I consider myself a vegetarian who eats seafood.  Immediately people will say, that makes you a pescatarian, I guess it does, but I just don’t like that word, it sounds weird to me. My husband loves to tell people he is on a feathers and fins diet, no fur; in other words he will eat chicken, turkey and seafood but no beef, pork or lamb. I applaud him. He was the guy who ordered his steak “black and blue”and after one day of volunteering at The Barnyard he stopped eating “fur”.

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Vegetarian :a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.

Why is it so important that we need to have labels for our diets? I love the way Tracey Stewart put it in her blog post for the Daily Squeal “If you’re someone that is curious about moving towards more vegan choices but you don’t because you’re afraid you won’t be able to live up to all the rules… you need to remember that you decide your track and your rules. Don’t get bogged down by what you will call yourself. Call yourself a “human trying to eat better.” ”

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Vegan :a person who does not eat or use animal products.

I am working towards becoming a “vegan”, I no longer eat any goat cheese as we have 2 baby goat cull boys. I don’t use milk. My weakness is cheese…I love cheese. I eat less of it and hope that one day I can cut it out completely. I also eat eggs but only eggs from truly caring farms, local. We hope to have our own chickens  one day soon.

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Pescatarian :a person who does not eat meat but does eat fish.

Why? Why don’t I eat meat? Mainly for humanitarian reasons, animals in general at factory farms and even small farms are treated terribly. I also do it for the environment. The negative impact that factory farming has on our planet is enormous. I don’t ever place my values about my eating choices on others but I do hope that it will influence some to perhaps think about changing what they eat…one can only hope.

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A Match Made in Donkey Heaven

 

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Murphy…calling all Jennies!

Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a donkey match! Well that is exactly what The Barnyard Sanctuary and Peaceful Acres in Pattersonville, NY did! Murphy, an almost 4 year old mini-donkey who lives on a farm in the Catskills, was looking for a companion. Murphy’s humans contacted several different people and places to find him a suitable companion but to no avail until his human contacted Tamala here at The Barnyard who suggested they call Peaceful Acres, a horse and donkey rescue in Saratoga, New York. Peaceful Acres had just rescued a jenny named Leiah #215 from the slaughter pipeline and  thought she would be the perfect match.

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The sad truth…she was a number.

So Murphy’s human took the long drive to meet Leiah and to share peppermints with her, it went so well they decided that Leiah was the one. On Thanksgiving day Leiah and Murphy would meet. The meeting did go well, but only after Leiah showed Murphy who was boss with a few donkey kicks. Soon they were having a snack together and enjoying each other’s company…a match made in donkey heaven!

So thankful to Peaceful Acres for rescuing Leiah and giving her a second chance at a beautiful life and of course, thankful to Tamala for putting Murphy’s humans in touch with Peaceful Acres.

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A match made in donkey heaven…snack time together!

You can read the full story at The Pitchfork, the blog written by Murphy’s humans. *Photos courtesy of The Pitchfork

 

Love your Mother…Not Plastic

Love your Mother, Mother Earth that is. Love your Mother will be ongoing posts about our environment and what we can do to protect her. This post is about the man made devil, plastic. We use plastic for just about everything and it is killing us and the planet. We need to be smarter in our choices of how we do things, myself included. The choices we make in our everyday lives can have long-lasting impacts on the environment.

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Plastic Facts*

50% of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.

Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles each year (Source:Brita)

Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s  surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.

One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.

Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).

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Disturbing to say the least and I only mentioned some of them. What really makes me crazy is the people who don’t care, they say it’s not their problem. It is their problem; it’s everyone’s problem. A woman at work  noticed that I bring in silverware from home to eat my lunch and asked why. I told her that I don’t like to use plastic, it’s bad for the environment. Her response “Oh! You’re one of those!”, she laughed and walked away. I wanted to scream. So, the best I can do is try to educate people and help them to realize the dangers of plastic. And I do practice what I preach and try to use as little plastic as possible.

Here are a few simple things that everyone can do to help reduce the use of plastics:

Use reusable shopping bags; not just for the supermarket but for all of your shopping.

Replace plastic coffee stirrers with wood.

Stop using straws.

Use wax paper instead of plastic wrap.

Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic water bottles. (If you don’t like your tap water install a water purifier)

If you bring your lunch to work, bring silverware from home instead of using plastic utensils.

At your next party use paper plates and cups instead of plastic and if you do use Solo cups, please note that they can be recycled.

And of course, recycle!

* Plastic Facts Source:EcoWatch