Weekend Reading

Via Metafilter:

Vegetarian is the New Prius : following a report from the UN indicating that the billions of livestock raised for meat [pdf] are wreaking more havoc on the environment than fossil fuels, environmental activists are linking vegetarianism with fighting global warming.

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Via Boing Boing:

[posted by Xeni Jardin]: Big factory pig farms are some of America’s worst polluters

I decided to try out veganism a little over a week ago — so far I feel great, and it’s a lot easier than I thought. Two things inspired me: Joi Ito’s blog entries about his own vegan bodyhacking experiment, and this Rolling Stone article. A friend had a copy sitting on the couch, open to this page, and I couldn’t take my eyes off the story. It’s an investigative piece on how Smithfield Foods, America’s largest hog slaughterer, circumvents law, pollutes like crazy, and creates antibiotic and vaccine-laden pork products that feed [the USA].

WARNING: Strong descriptions and images.
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