In a thought provoking article written by Mark Bittman for the New York Times he brings the consequences of meat consumption down to something we can all understand — hunger.
“Though some 800 million people on the planet now suffer from hunger or malnutrition, the majority of corn and soy grown in the world feeds cattle, pigs and chickens. This despite the inherent inefficiencies: about two to five times more grain is required to produce the same amount of calories through livestock as through direct grain consumption, according to Rosamond Naylor, an associate professor of economics at Stanford University. It is as much as 10 times more in the case of grain-fed beef in the United States.
The environmental impact of growing so much grain for animal feed is profound. Agriculture in the United States — much of which now serves the demand for meat — contributes to nearly three-quarters of all water-quality problems in the nation’s rivers and streams, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.”
Bittman makes some excellent arguments for rethinking meat-eating in the aticle from which the above excerpt was taken: Re-thinking the Meat Guzzler. I hope you will take just a few minutes of your time to read it.
If you couldn’t tell from the opening of the post, it’s Meatless Monday. Jimmy was thinking of making a vegetarian paella for today’s recipe, but we were in the mood for Red Curry Noddle Pot so we went with our guts :). With the warmer weather (and I hope you are having some) I have been craving cereal and granola, so today’s recipe is…
GRAND CANYON GRANOLA
Source: Western Breakfast & Brunch Recipes
Publisher: Golden West Publishers
Planning to make the hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon? Start your day with a bowl of this granola and be sure to take some along to munch on during your hike!
2 1/2 cups ROLLED OATS
1 cup COCONUT FLAKES
1/2 cup WHEAT GERM
1/2 cup SESAME SEEDS
1/2 cup chopped ALMONDS
1/2 cup shelled SUNFLOWER SEEDS
1/2 cup HONEY
1/4 cup SALAD OIL
1/2 cup chopped DATES
1/2 cup RAISINS
In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, coconut, wheat germ, sesame seeds, almonds and sunflower seeds. When thoroughly mixed add honey and oil. Spread into a 13x9x2 inch baking pan and bake at 250 degree for 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir in the dates and raisins. Allow mixture to cool, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking. Once cooled, place granola in a plastic container for storage. Serve with milk or yogurt.
Have a peaceful, thoughtful, and meatless Monday!