10/10/10 work party: meatless potluck!

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Oct 10, 2010 is a global day of action where people are doing projects to make a real difference in their community’s CO2 emissions. You can find out more about what’s happening all over the world at http://www.350.org/. The idea is to show our “leaders” that we’re prepared to take action and get to work – and that they should get to work too!

Here in Powell River, Transition Town Powell River is organizing a “Meatless Potluck Feast”. We’d really like you to come and join us to see how great meatless eating can be, and commit to reducing industrial meat in your diet. Eating less meat is one of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

The Potluck will be on October 10 (the Sunday before Thanksgiving Monday) at the Unitarian Hall (also known as the Cranberry Community Hall) at 6828 Cranberry Street. We’ll start around 5:30 pm and finish around 8:00 pm. Please bring a meatless dish to share. There will be door prizes!!

We’re also targeting “zero waste” for this event, so please take that into account in how you package your dish. We’ll supply china, flatware, tablecloths etc and a place to collect food waste for compost.”

If you’re on Facebook, please “like” the event page and invite your FB friends to it!

October 4, 2010 В· TTPR В· 2 Comments
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  1. Caroline Cooper - November 2, 2010

    “Eating less meat is one of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint.” I believe this is an false and dangerous statement.

    I have been doing research on the Transition Town movement and I have noticed a disturbing number of references to vegetarian diets being good for the planet and good for people. I would suggest that a person find nourishing locally produced foods from both plant and animal sources. This will help the person maintain their health while supporting local food producers.

    One of the first rules of permaculture is the inclusion of both animals and plants into the farm ecology. Animals will improve the soil faster than any other method I know of, cheaply and efficiently. The soil can later be used for the production of vegetables, nuts, fruits, beans, grains and other crops. There is also mounting evidence that pasture-based meat production will reduce carbon in the atmosphere. These marginal grazing lands can then be used for producing high quality grass-fed dairy, eggs and meat.

    Lastly, I believe a vegetarian diet can be very unhealthy for many people. It can make them sick and weak. Over the years I have started to wonder if the vegetarian diet is a way to take young healthy morally oriented people that really want to do something for their world, and make them into ineffective, sick and weak people unable to do the work of changing the world. Later these young people may have trouble conceiving and bearing healthy children. If this statement sounds incredible please read some articles from the Weston A Price Foundation:
    http://www.westonaprice.org/take-a-guided-tour/vegetarians.html

    Good Luck with your transition. I wish you the best.

  2. Rob Southcott - November 10, 2010

    By generalizing we miss the truth. It is as different for each of us as we each are unique. But living here together,we are all related as are our individual truths.
    I was raised vegetarian, and have been fortunate to live most of my life on locally produced food, including meat. In my late 50’s I have greater vitality than most my age. And I too have seen well-intentioned people fail to thrive with vegetarianism.
    It seems clear that local small-scale food production is what we are transitioning toward. Permaculture maximizes benefit for humans and the earth. Oil and gas supported Factory farming isn’t sustainable in the long term.
    Intent, as expressed in initiatives like Meatless Mondays are as much steps toward answers as answers themselves. As in Permaculture, process is most of the answer.
    Together we each find the way for us all.

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