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Old Feb 01, 2010, 05:07 AM   #1
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Default Paul writes for goop.com about MFM

With the Meat Free Monday campaign in mind, Paul was asked to write something for Gwyneth Paltrows website. www.goop.com

He wrote the following…

Ok, here’s the story on Meat Free Monday. In 2006, the United Nations issued a report which stated that the livestock industry as a whole was responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the whole of the transport sector put together.

I found this interesting particularly because people at the UN are not a vegetarian society and therefore, could not be accused of bias. They pointed out the following facts:

• The Livestock industry produces gases that are extremely dangerous for the future of our environment.

• The two main gases, methane and nitrous oxide, are considered to be more harmful than CO2 (methane is 21 times more powerful than CO2 and nitrous oxide is 310 times more powerful than CO2) so the data suggests that this is causing a highly dangerous situation for ourselves and, more importantly, for future generations.

• Methane also remains in the atmosphere for 9 to 15 years; nitrous oxide remains in the atmosphere for 114 years, on average, and is 296 times more potent than CO2 - the gases released today will continue to be active in degrading the climate decades from now.

• Livestock production is land intensive: a recent report by Greenpeace on land use in the largest meat producing state in Brazil found that livestock (cattle) production was responsible for vastly more deforestation than soya.

• A third of all cereal crops, and well over 90% of soya, goes into animal feed, not food for humans. Eating less meat will free up a lot of agricultural land which can revert to growing trees and other vegetation, which, in turn, will absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

• Livestock production is water intensive: it accounts for around 8% of global human water use. The estimated 634 gallons of fresh water required to produce one 5.2 ounce (150g) beef burger would be enough for a four-hour shower. For comparison, the same quantity of tofu requires 143 gallons of water to produce.

• Livestock production is the largest source of water pollutants, principally animal wastes, antibiotics, hormones, chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and pesticides used for feed crops, and sediments from eroded pastures.

• The meat industry is set to double its production by 2050 so even if they manage to lower emissions by 50%, as they have promised to, we will still be in the same position.

With this in mind, my family and I launched Meat Free Monday in the UK, an idea which has been gaining support from people like Tom Parker-Bowles who, after a lifetime of denigrating vegetarians, recently wrote in his Daily Mail column, “I wince at the memory of my boorish antics” and who pronounced himself “intrigued” by MFM: “There's no doubting the plain common sense of the message…Meat Free Monday is something to really savour”. Another supporter is Al Gore who stated that initiatives like Meat Free Monday “represent a responsible and welcome component of a comprehensive strategy for reducing global warming pollution and simultaneously improving human health."

Even a number of schools have already done this in the UK with great success. The town of Ghent in Belgium has a meat free day and, amazingly, Sao Paulo has one even though Brazil is a large exporter of meat. In Sweden, the government is now labeling food to give the consumer the opportunity to understand the dangers of indiscriminate food consumption and there are many more examples appearing online.

The point is that so many people these days are looking for ways to “do their bit” for the environment. We recycle - something we never would have dreamt of doing in the past. Many people now drive hybrid cars but most people understand that we cannot leave this important issue to the politicians of the world. Recently, at the Copenhagen Conference for Climate Change, this issue was not even on the agenda and so I believe it is once again left to us, the people, to do it ourselves.

It’s amazingly easy to take one day in your week, Monday or any other day, and not eat meat. When you think about it, there are so many great alternatives, for instance, in Italian cooking, so many of the dishes are vegetarian already and Thai and Chinese cuisine are the same. All it means is that you have to think a bit about what you’ll eat that day but, in actual fact, far from being a chore, it’s a fun challenge.

Having been vegetarians for over 30 years, my family and I find it very simple and in fact, tasty and most enjoyable.

So there it is! Next Monday - don’t eat meat and do your bit to save this beautiful planet of ours. For more information, ideas and lots of meat free recipes, go to the official Meat Free Monday website www.supportmfm.org

Rock on ya’ll!

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Old Feb 01, 2010, 11:23 AM   #2
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Y'all? Not exactly a Britishism, now is it? Southern colloquial from the man who was raised on the Queen's English (Lingua Pura) and who, in a recent interview said that even to this day his accent was not considered part of the upper strata of English society. I had to smile. Regardless of accent, I think Paul had the most pleasant speaking voice of the Beatles and does so to this day.

It is interesting about how in any given geographical area, people respond to regional accents and colloquial expressions.
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Rock on ya’ll!

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Haha, for one of the best musicians in the world, Paul's so lame sometimes....you gotta love that man!
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Gwyneth Paltrows website. www.goop.com
And... Gwyneth is Kate Moennig's cousin, so "yay, Paul" twice!
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You've just got to love Paul McCartney.

The man is just plain incredible! The man is an absolute genius, simple as that.
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Beatle Paul McCartney finds vegetarianism most enjoyable

http://www.orissadiary.com/ShowEnter...s.asp?id=16653

Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, who has been a vegetarian for over 30 years, finds vegetarianism “very simple, tasty, and most enjoyable”.

Writing in the latest newsletter of Oscar winner Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s (Shakespeare in Love) blog “GOOP—nourish the inner aspect”, McCartney advocated “Meat Free Monday”, urging readers not to eat meat at least one-day a week. He wrote: “…there are so many great alternatives, for instance, in Italian cooking, so many of the dishes are vegetarian already and Thai and Chinese cuisine are the same”.

McCartney points out: “…livestock industry as a whole was responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the whole of the transport sector put together…The Livestock industry produces gases that are extremely dangerous for the future of our environment…Livestock production is the largest source of water pollutants”. Former United States Vice President Al Gore is listed as one of the supporters of “Meat Free Monday” initiative.

McCartney further says that number of schools in United Kingdom, town of Ghent in Belgium, and Sao Paulo (Brazil) have already done this. “…we cannot leave this important issue to the politicians of the world… it is once again left to us, the people, to do it ourselves”, he argues and adds, “Next Monday - don’t eat meat and do your bit to save this beautiful planet of ours”.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, pointed out that Hinduism promoted strict vegetarianism insisting on ahimsa (not harming living creatures) and non-killing, and renouncing animal slaughter and meat eating. It suggested taking of sattvik (vegetables, fruits, etc.) and avoiding rajasik (eggs, etc.) and tamasik (meat, intoxicants, etc.) foods, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued.

Paltrow suggested few vegetarian recipes in this newsletter—“Vegetarian ‘Squab’ with Lettuce”, “Vegetarian Fried Rice”, “Bok Choy in Oyster Sauce”, “Babycakes” ; listed favorite vegetarian cookbooks—“How to Cook Everything Vegetarian”, “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone”, “The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook”, “Get Cooking”, “The Kind Diet”, “Veganomicon”; and “Eating Animals” (about novelist Jonathan Safran Foer’s decision to become vegetarian).

GOOP is said to be a name carved from 37-year old Gwyneth Kate Paltrow’s initials, who is also sometimes known as “part yogini”.
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I love the fact that Paul is taking a stand... and I hope that some people get the message.

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And Ted Nugent be damned. I read saw some more of his anti-Macca rantings this weekend. What an ass.

p.s. he was making the argument that tofu would destroy nature as we know it.
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Ted Nugent is also a gun nut, hunter and is known for acting a fool in public.

I saw a bio of Ted Nugent and I was not favorably impressed by him.
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