Vegans, vegetarians, and vegawarians make a difference every day by not eating meat. The meat industry is one of the leading industries responsible for fossil fuel consumption. A 2006 UN report found that the global meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all SUVs, cars, trucks, planes and ships in the world combined.
However, if done wrong, vegans and vegetarians can get by without many important nutrients. Protein can be easily enough substituted for tofu, soy, seitan, eggs, dairy products, and legumes (click here for a wonderful high protein quinoa salad recipe). Other important nutrients like omega-3, which is usually in the form of fish oil, are a little more difficult to find in vegetarian form.
V-Pure, an omega-3 supplement based on EPA and DHA that is obtained from algae instead of fish, responds to this vegan and vegetarian need (as well as the needs of Jews and Muslims who observe dietary restrictions). The supplement works a little like vegetarianism itself, in that it gets the nutrients directly from the algae that fish eat (just like vegetarians get their nutrition directly from the sources that farm animals eat).
The V-Pure supplement is great for vegans and vegetarians and is also very good for the environment. Avoiding the use of fish oil means maintaining a biodiverse fish population. The algae that are used instead of fish oil are organically grown and 100% free of toxins and impurities. The supplement also comes in recyclable packaging.
Water 4, the company that makes the V-Pure Omega 3 supplements, describes its philosophy as “dedicated to the development and manufacture of innovative, fully sustainable new generation nutritional supplements aimed at vegetarians, vegans and health conscious people. ”
The Water 4 goals for 2009 are even more environmentally focused. Water 4 wrote: “In 2009, the V-Pure brand will expand as we introduce more product lines that form what we envision as the extensive portfolio of high nutritional products of the future that protect and preserve biodiversity, nature conserve resources and use renewable energies while minimizing pollution and environmental impact. “
(The above photo of a school of fish was taken by Suneko.)
Read more about vegetarianism:
NYTimes Blog: Be a Part-Time Vegetarian
Israel’s best restaurants offer vegetarian specialties on Mondays
The pacifists and vegetarians from Amirim