Burning the rain forest to make room for Brazilian cattle industry

Cattle ranching is “the largest driver of deforestation in every Amazon country, accounting for 80 percent of current deforestation rates,” according to researchers at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Greenwashing, political influence, destroying the Amazon – This story has it all.

The Amazon is being burned down to make way for the cattle industries to meet the demand for Brazilian beef, and it’s backed by a major investment firm that touts Corporate Social Responsibility, BlackRock investments, and is a huge backer of Joe Biden.

JBS, the exporter of Brazilian beef, is mainly responsible for this. JBS is backed by not only BlackRock, but other investment firms such as, Capital Group, Fidelity Investments, and Vanguard.

So let piece this together, the Amazon is being burned to satisfy the markets demand for beef.

Is it possible that if the demand for beef didn’t exist, that maybe JBS wouldn’t be killing the rain forest?

Don’t complain about environmental regulations being pulled back: Just go vegan

Our president has been successful in pulling back all kinds of consumer and environmental regulations and protections. It was expected. He promised this all along.

He is sacrificing long term stability for short term gains. This will come back to haunt everybody in the end.

He will continue doing this. He will also continue to attempt to gut access to adequate healthcare. No need to complain. He is proven to be above the law and is just ignoring the world’s cries.

So – what are you going to do about it?

It’s simple: money talks – go vegan. By going vegan, you will invest in products, and live a lifestyle, that considerably reduces harm to the environment and to yourself.

This will send a true environmental message and give a big middle finger to the White House, and to the corporations manufacturing and processing items that are ultimately killing us, and the environment.

What’s that saying? If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the …….

 


A global switch to diets that rely less on meat and more on fruit and vegetables could save up to 8 million lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds, and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoided climate damages of $1.5 trillion (US) , Oxford Martin School researchers have found. (Source)

 

Random thought: Knowing when to know

Knowledge may hinder. Ignorance may liberate. Knowing when to know and when not to know, this is as important as a fluent blade.

Suzeme-No-Kumo (1434)

Sounds interesting, right? But learning everything in a when-to-know situation might be too late. If one is trying to catch up, one can be drinking from a knowledge fire hose without time to process.

This advice can apply to an executives or presidents trying to distance themselves from bad practices they know exist, but don’t want to get into the details of. For example, FBI investigations and reports on collusion…it’s a way of protecting oneself from the truth and staying out of jail.

This advice also makes for bad long-term planning.

But on the other hand, following it can lead to more fluid reactions, and a stress-free lifestyle–so there’s that; a relax and see-what-comes type of thing, as opposed to anticipation and worrying. I like that part of it.

It’s probably also good for chess and for battle for the super prepared and super trained—like the ninja, hence the sword reference. A sword is only as good as the one wielding it.

Otherwise, back into the advice jar for you–but i’ll keep a copy of it in my pocket.

Processed foods make us fat – Washington Post

Found this article today, How Processed food makes us fat. More vegan options are becoming available, and although they are plant-based, it doesn’t mean that they are healthier for us in the long run. Yes, it’s better to have vegan processed foods as opposed to animal based processed foods, but it doesn’t take away the fact that they, nonetheless, processed foods, and are still unhealthy.

 

Chocolate, RIP

So it’s been a while since my last update here. Needless to say, a lot has happened. The biggest update has do do with Chocolate. She passed in November during the Thanksgiving break. It’s been hard on us.

We now have a new companion, Peppernoof. We call her Pepper for short. She is approximately 2 years old and mixed breed – terrier mostly. She was a stray from North Carolina and the Providence Animal Center rescued her, and in turn, we brought her home. She still has some PTSD from being on the streets, but she and Shazam are getting along great. They are playing a lot and she has been awesome. Shazam selected her. But I don’t think Shazam had any idea how much she likes to play–Pepper doesn’t know how to stop playing. I think they are getting more comfortable with each other.

Pepper has helped, but we still miss Chocolate’s barking and overall innocence. We had her for 13 years and since she was a puppy. For the about ten of those years she was our only companion. She was with Bernadette since Bernadette was 2 and Elizabeth has always been with her.

A friend told me something that touched me in a text as I was explaining the story of how we lost Chocolate, “our hearts grow each time we love. What’s real is love, and that, in any space, makes the world a beautiful place. I’m sorry for your loss, but thank you for adding love to the world.”

We can make the world a better place through the love we give. Chocolate made our world a better place.

Vegan Coconut Curry

Here’s a recipe I encountered that was such a big hit that it was asked by my family to be in the regular meal rotation. This recipe is an adoption from America’s Test Kitchen Vegetarian Cookbook. And by the way, it’s not a vegan cookbook, but it has some great vegan recipes in it and recipes that can easily be adopted. I strongly recommend it.

I served mine over rice. The recipe below is for the curry only. When prepping dishes like this, and they are served with rice, I usually begin the rice first and monitor it as I’m preparing the main dish, which is this case is the curry. Step one is always prepare the rice.

Ingredients

 

Ingredients Quantity
Tomatoes 2
Olive oil 2-4 tablespoons
Curry Powder 2 teaspoons
Garam masala 1 1/2 teaspoons
Onions 2 (diced)
Red potatoes (small) 4 (diced)
Garlic cloves 4 (crushed)
Fresh Ginger Small knob, 1/2 inch (diced)
Tomato paste 1 tablespoon
Cauliflower florets 1 bag, or one small head, 1/2 head if large cauliflower
Cauliflower florets 1 bag, or one small head, 1/2 head if large cauliflower
Water 1 1/2 cups
Frozen peas 1 1/2 cups
Coconut milk 1/2 can, or full can if you really like coconut
Salt 1/4 teaspoons

Instructions

  1. Put tomatoes in blender or food processor until chunky, with some pieces still visible. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in large dutch oven. Add curry, garam masala and cook for about 10 seconds. Stir on onions, potatoes, salt. Cook and stir for about ten minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in garlic, ginger, tomato paste and cook for about a minute. Add cauliflower and stir well until florets are covered in spices.
  4. Gradually stir in water and scrape the bottom. Stir in chickpeas and processed tomatoes. Cover and bring to simmer. Cook for about 25 minutes.
  5. Uncover and stir in peas and milk. Cook for two minutes until peas thaw.

When I cooked it I added a can of coconut milk. It was really strong – but delicious. I would stick with the 1/2 can.

Enjoy.