October a good time to stop eating meat
2012 has not been a banner year for the meat industry.
Extreme drought has doubled the cost of animal feedstuffs. Undercover investigations documented male chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death, their female counterparts crammed for life in tiny wire-mesh cages, pigs clobbered with metal pipes, and assorted farm animals skinned and dismembered at the slaughterhouse while still conscious.
A study of more than 120,000 people by the Harvard School of Public Health confirmed once again that meat consumption raises the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Director General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan, warned that routine use of antibiotics to promote animal growth in factory farms is causing “the end of modern medicine.”
No wonder U.S. per capita meat consumption has been dropping by nearly 4 percent annually!
October offers excellent opportunities for dropping animal products from our diet. The month kicked off with World Vegetarian Day and World Farm Animals Day on Oct. 1 and 2, respectively. It continues with World Food Day on Oct. 16, and Food Day on Oct. 24.
Entering “live vegan” in a search engine brings lots of useful transition tips.
October a good time to stop eating meat
KELLY: What do you think, Christmas 2013 version
Christians begin to celebrate the Christmas season with Advent. The word Advent is translated from the old Latin word Adventus, which means the “coming.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Is Jesus really God?
Have you ever met a man who is the center of attention wherever he goes? Some mysterious, indefinable characteristic sets him apart from all other men. Well, that’s the way it was two thousand years ago with Jesus the Christ. But it wasn’t merely Jesus’ personality that captivated those who heard him. Those who witnessed his words and life tell us that something about Jesus of Nazareth was different from all other men.
Deal or no deal?
So Congress might pass a budget. Or it may not. Deja vu all over again, Chicken Little. The sky is falling — or it may not.
The rise of liberal self-delusion
The civil war ripping through the Republican Party is familiar by now. But a similar battle inside the Democratic Party is just starting to emerge. Orthodox liberals are trying to mimic the tea party and impose political correctness on moderate apostates.
NOW HEAR THIS: Taking a trip on the Arctic Express
I’m not sure about your place, but the weather last weekend was a real bone chiller down on the “pore farm.” Although I have no statistics on the matter, I felt that this little arctic blast was a bit premature for this time of year in North Texas, arriving at least a month or so early. January and February are a lot more likely to have such brutal cold.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The spirit of Christmas?
What is the real spirit of Christmas? Watching and listening to my TV, I really think it is gone.
NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: A necktie for Roy – a Christmas story
When we walked into Roy Parnell’s real estate office on the square in Glen Rose almost 40 years ago, we were looking for a little piece of land on the Brazos River. What we found was something far more valuable than the beautiful property he sold us – a priceless friendship with a truly generous man.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Smoke, er, speak for yourself
Banning public smoking isn’t taking away our freedom, it’s simply taking away the risk of killing others around you.
KELLY: What do you think XVlll
The last time Thanksgiving Day and Hanukkah came at the same time was in 1888. This time it was on Nov. 28, 2013. Get this! The next time this will occur will be 79,043 years from now.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Smoking ban removes a freedom of choice
Some of my friends say there is a town that still allows freedom of choice. Wisdom from others say, “If you see it in the Democrat, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth – is there a still a town that allows freedom of choice?
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