Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The dangers of double dipping

Two interesting articles in the NY Times:

The first is about the meat industry, which applies to some of the things I learned vegan week. I have a friend who is vegetarian because of the strain he feels Americans put on the environment.

"Global demand for meat has multiplied in recent years, encouraged by growing affluence and nourished by the proliferation of huge, confined animal feeding operations. These assembly-line meat factories consume enormous amounts of energy, pollute water supplies, generate significant greenhouse gases and require ever-increasing amounts of corn, soy and other grains, a dependency that has led to the destruction of vast swaths of the world’s tropical rain forests."

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And this article about double dipping:

"Professor Dawson told me that he had expected to find little or no microbial transfer from mouth to chip to dip, which would support George’s nonchalance. The results surprised him."

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