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Are We Making The Connection Between What We Eat And Wildlife?

Vegan Lifestyle Coach Ellen Jaffe Jones discusses the importance of making the connection that 150 colleges have made - between what we eat and how it impacts the world's wildlife.

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"Understand that this connection really needs to be brought home between meat production being the single most environmentally destructive industry on the planet, and not a lot of people know or understand that."

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Wildlife week was October 5th through 11th but what's interesting about it is that over 150 colleges, students at 150 colleges were promoting plant-based diets for this week and I think this is a very positive thing, because first off they've made the connection. Number one. Number two, these students can now really have a huge impact on people their age and I think that's what we want to see, we want to see the next generation get this and move this in a direction and to expand the numbers in greater ways than the previous generation. So, talk about this because I think this is a really positive thing. - Yeah, and you know sometimes it's easy to get kind of depressed and overwhelmed by all the negative stories about how species are going extinct and the coral reefs are dying and what are we gonna eat? But when you see stories like this it does give you hope for the future, and so what they are actually doing is having more plant-based foods, they are stressing the value of birth control, because that is one way you can control the population on the planet! And showing support for a sustainable lifestyle. And what is interesting is that they are connecting these dots between the diet and the world's wildlife. And it really, the whole program was designed specifically to help students make the connection between meat consumption, reproductive health and the future of our planet, so, you know it's not like any of us, students included, get this connection between eating veggie burgers and saving wolves, it's just not intuitive for everybody, and so that's why this group, I guess associated with the Center for Biological Diversity is behind this effort. I mean not specifically a vegan group by definition, but they understand that this connection really needs to be brought home between meat production being the single most environmentally destructive industry on the planet, and not a lot of people know or understand that.