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#1 Old 08-14-2015, 08:02 AM
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Eating Drought Friendly



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Most major agricultural areas experience a drought at some point or another. For example, California experiences them on an alarmingly frequent basis – and that state supplies nearly half of all vegetables and 75 percent of all fruits grown in the United States. When an area is under a drought, vegetarians and vegans are at a distinct advantage – pound for pound, vegetables consume less water to produce than meat. However, it’s to everyone’s benefit to eat drought-friendly when the areas that supply our food are cutting back on water usage.
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#2 Old 08-14-2015, 02:19 PM
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You missed a critical fact. Nutrient/calorie density. A pound of lettuce is less nutrient/calorie dense than a pound of steak.

I am not saying you're wrong, but anyone reading this that isn't already veg*n is going to see this flaw and dismiss the article.
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"When an area is under a drought, vegetarians and vegans are at a distinct advantage – pound for pound, vegetables consume less water to produce than meat."

I love this! I went vegan by the animals but I'm always amazed by how many other benefits they are to eating plants.

Also, does anyone else think it's crazy how outraged everyone on social media was recently about how much water it takes to grow almonds in California? It takes way more water to raise livestock, sometimes I wonder if that doesn't get talked about as much because powerful meat industry lobbyists pay to keep it that way.

Just look what happened to Oprah, she got sued for defaming hamburgers.

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Speaking of almonds and cashews, I wonder why such thirsty crops are still being grown in such drought-prone areas. Besides wanting to work with established trees, they must need more than the water, or it would mostly be a matter of setting up tree nut farms in places with a lot of rainfall. It's not easy to find places with plenty of sunlight, a long growing season, a mild climate, and plenty of water. But if they grow more easily in other parts of the world, I think I would choose to buy imported almonds. And I don't think I would have much patience for anyone urging me to buy American on principle.
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Thanks for the info. I should definitely try to start eating Fava beans and chestnuts. I totally forgot almonds were such water suckers, it makes a good argument for choosing hemp milk instead. Glad to see chickpeas are drought friendly, they're one of my favorites. Same for mango.
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#6 Old 11-12-2015, 02:44 AM
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Originally Posted by odizzido View Post
You missed a critical fact. Nutrient/calorie density. A pound of lettuce is less nutrient/calorie dense than a pound of steak.

I am not saying you're wrong, but anyone reading this that isn't already veg*n is going to see this flaw and dismiss the article.


Anyone who compares lettuce to steak is actually making a false comparison, though...I mean let's talk about legumes and quinoa, plant based oils, and other nutrient dense plants. Lettuce is a silly thing to compare to steak, but it's right where someone culturally stuck in 1950 will automatically go to, thinking of meat, potatoes and iceburg lettuce.
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#7 Old 01-16-2016, 10:38 AM
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This is good information to know. I'm also trying to shop at farmer's markets and local farmers more often because it reduces the amount of waste from things like fuel from transportation. Buying locally also reduces the amount of time the food has to travel so it can be more fresh.
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