In response to popular demand (2 people asked me!), I think I should briefly explain my decision to quit Dairy products. Some of my Grandfathers have always been 'anti-milk', though more for ethical reasons - cow's milk belongs to its calf. But consuming dairy products in the US apparently involves far greater moral issues. I wish I had realized this a lot earlier.
Can you imagine the plight of a cow in the US which is brought up in a huge factory like environment, given hormones, in many cases fed meat of its own species (yes!), have its milk sucked by machines and finally mercilessly slaughtered to be served as beef. Agreed organic milk is an option. But that still treats cows as milk machines and nothing more. Instead of the famous 'got milk?' tag line, they should be saying 'got soul? quit milk!'.
The Vikatan Tamil magazine has recently launched a 'Green edition' called 'Pasumai Vikatan'. Good to know that among the 'Tamasha news' crazy Indian media, there are few left who care for the environment and farmers. Apparently there are some plants which drive away Mosquitoes. It made me remember childhood days when people used to burn neem leaves to achieve the same. In other news...few million people die of mosquito related diseases every year in India!
Any Green initiative invariably benefits the farmers. Can't India ban plastic bags altogether and make shops to give Cloth/Jute bags? Incidentally I don't take the recycled paper bags offered in the US. I wonder in which country are the trees felled to get the original paper here in the first place. Anyway using cloth bags in India is the least one can do to help the thousands of cotton farmers who will commit suicide in the future.
And finally I joined Greenpeace last week. Not that I went out searching for them. But when I met a volunteer on Beverly Drive, I couldn't refuse. Hope the small money I contribute will help him fight, to save the whales in Antarctica!