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Eat green sarmies and save the planet

2011-12-08 22:43

Durban - Be vegetarian and go green to save the planet is the slogan a group of environmentalists are using to woo thousands of COP 17 delegates into eating their veggie sandwiches.

Yelling on top of their voices to get the attention of the always busy climate summit delegates, the vegetarians have distributed more than 60 000 sandwiches since the beginning of the conference last week.

They claim their recipes do not use any animal products, whether meat, milk or dairy.

"We are doing this to save the planet. We are happy with the support we have received so far. People are eating our sandwiches," said Santina Dong.

The neatly wrapped sandwiches are made at a warehouse in Durban and put in boxes. Each box is carried by two people who use every persuasive approach to have them eaten.

"Be vegetarian and go green to save the planet," they shout.

Dong said they were overwhelmed by the support from people who did not just eat their sandwiches but also asked questions about the campaign.

"We thought people were not going to eat them because a very few people are vegetarians," she said.

Twice as nice

Dong said eating vegetarian products meant that people reduced the use of energy which caused climate change.

Farm animals such as cows consume a lot of energy, she said.

"You need a lot of energy when you farm animals. You need cars to transport meat and you need power to cut meat. You also need a lot of water."

Vegetables on the other hand grew quickly, she argued.

It was not only delegates who helped themselves to the sandwiches as shoppers at a nearby shopping mall also dug in.

"I have eaten them twice and they are nice. I am not a vegetarian but I think they are nice," said Nomusa Cele, a Unisa student.

Dolly Khuzwayo was not impressed.

"I did not like them. They taste strange."

There were also those who had no interest in tasting the sandwiches.

"I don’t trust food that is distributed freely in the public. We don’t know how and when it was made. I don’t have a problem with vegetables," said Celani Cele.

Comments
  • hondbyt - 2011-12-08 23:15

    "You need cars to transport meat" solid argument, I mean we all know vegetables get dropped onto our plates by tiny ninjas riding on the backs of rainbow pooping unicorns...

      Bruce Hutamo - 2011-12-08 23:19

      lol. ha ha ha, *death By unicorns*

      Squeegee - 2011-12-09 06:48

      So much hot air coming from vegetarians, its destroying the planet. We should eat them.

  • Roland - 2011-12-08 23:49

    Homo Sapians Sapians has been an omnivore for 200 000 years, as were his/her ancestors. Vegiterribles go against nature. I am an omnivore, I eat mostly vegetable matter, but eat meat at least 3/4 times a week. I seriously don't think the 500g-1kg of meat I eat per week is going to destroy the world. Meat has become a luxury anyways...a luxury I am more than willing to pay for 3/4 times a week. Thank you, Please.

  • Jim - 2011-12-09 00:45

    There are many reasons to choose a vegan lifestyle. Here are two uplifting videos to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life-altering choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org

  • Allan - 2011-12-09 01:31

    Why not make sandwiches from Rhino meat? the bloody Chinese are killing so many Rhinos in our game reserves they don't know what to do with all the meat, just interested in the horn to help the inadequate little sh1t$ reproduce more Rhino poachers. Ban all products from China, Thailand and any other country producing poachers.

  • Kaizer - 2011-12-09 09:57

    The bread was baked in the sun i take it? 60 000 slices of bread at an average of say 17 slices per bread is roughly 3500 loaves. The amount of electricity used to bake those breads were aquired by coal fired power stations. They should eat more meat to make them think a bit more.

      Kaizer - 2011-12-09 09:58

      and if i take that a sandwich takes 2 slices, you can double the above figures.

  • Toni - 2011-12-09 11:55

    the usual hot air from the carnist brigade - yawn. there are solid and sound reasons for reducing / eliminating animal products and not a single valid reason for contuing to consume flesh other than 'you like the taste'. those who actually care about anything ot anyone other than themselves will do the research with an open mind. the others will continue on their 'i'm all right jack' path to hell with the consequences. and fyi for the 1000th time we are NOT omnivore, the fact that we can eat flesh doesn't mean we should. we are herbivore. nothing chnages that fact, no matter how much flesh you consume.

      Sattva - 2011-12-09 12:27

      hear hear ! I agree with you 100%.

      zane.zeiler - 2011-12-09 15:47

      LOL, do you have any peer reviewed evidence to support your "herbivore homo sapiens" hypothesis? As we actually have loads of data to suggest that our early pre-human ancestors incredibly advanced brains developed only due to the transition to and then continues consumption of densely packed nutrients only found in tasty animals... nom nom nom

      Roland - 2011-12-10 01:33

      Yes we ate fruit, roots and nuts, but we never said no to the odd insect, and thereafter the odd rodent, and then about 5000 years before we learnt that 1+1=2, we found a dead antelope, or even a pre-domesticated sheep, and we ate it, and we found that it provided even more nutrients for our bodies, and on the seventh day we said...it is good (nuts and chops and all!!!)

      boltonbarry - 2012-05-13 18:31

      OK so how is it that we were provided with the teeth of an omnivore? And the digestive track of an omnivore. So you want to tell me that eons ago our great ancestors whole biological system was geared towards grains and plants and they forcefully pushed the meat down their throats saying to their bodies saying. "This is meat..you will like it and digest it". Watch out every one...The cows will become carnivores as well if we don't watch out. Yes you are right it is a choice these days and I would prefer to eat my meat in peace with out people with your point of view trying to shove your choice of not eating meat down my throat. Gosh I hope i didn't use a pun in my own sentence. Tell you what Toni. You bring me actual scientific proof that we were are not suppose to eat meat and I'll agree with you. Until then. I will eat meat as part of my diet. Evidence of man eating meat has been found in the fossil record 2.5 mil years ago. Next you will probably tell the chimps and other primates that they as omnivores are also not supposed to eat meat. You will probably tell chickens that they are suppose to stop eating worms and only maize.

  • Karmah - 2011-12-10 01:10

    If we didn't eat meat, we wouldn't be here. We wouldn't talk or have advanced technology. I'l keep eating my Lamb tjoppies thank you very much.

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