Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Mirka and I started talking about vegetarianism in another thread, and I thought it deserved its own thread.
When we left off, Mirka was saying how she was a vegetarian for five years, but "then I went to Europe and fell off the wagon in Germany. The Brats got me. I'm pretty careful about the meat I eat anyway, and fish, as well as the produce I buy. Have you read Michael Pollan's book IN DEFENSE OF FOOD? I think it should be required reading in schools around the 9th grade."
Okay, now you're all up to speed.
I have not read In Defense of Food, but I have read about that book, and love the mantra from it: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." This is the same thing Mark Bittman advocates. Remember how I mentioned that meat eating is raising the price of food and is thus contributing to the food crisis? Here's some figures from a Bittman article,
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.
And for bonus credit, here's a Bittman TED lecture, where he talks about the impact of eating meat on our health and the environment,