How are vegan and organic foods eco-friendly? Oh, just let me tell you. I won’t get up too high on my soapbox, because really we’re talking about sweet little cupcakes here. But I don’t think a few facts will hurt anyone.
First vegan. Farmed animals consume 70 percent of the corn, wheat, and other grains that we grow, and one-third of all the raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S. go to raising animals for food. And more than half of the water used in the United States today goes to animal agriculture, and since farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population, the run-off from their waste is fouling our waterways. There is a lot more, but I’ll leave it at that. You can go here to read the rest of the article. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up all animal products, just using less will help.
Okay, organic. Organic farming requires more people-power. Weeding by hand and using green manures and crop covers rather than synthetic fertilizers to build up soil are the foundations of Organic agriculture. Whereas, conventional farming uses more petroleum than any other single industry, consuming 12 percent of the country’s total energy supply. Did you know that most commercial fertilizers come from petroleum? More energy is used to produce synthetic fertilizers than to till, cultivate, and harvest all the crops in the US. Of course there’s more and you can read the rest of the article here. But let me assure you that although these cupcakes were better for the environment, they also tasted so good.
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