Loving Hut vegan restaurant for animal lovers and the ecologically conscious have hosted yet another blissful grand opening this past Sunday at 524 Irving Street in San Francisco; its now 219th location world-wide.
"Our Grand Opening went great." rejoiced David Smugar, Director of Public Relations for Loving Hut. "Ross Mirkarimi of the SF Board of Supervisors cut the ribbon. He seemed interested, really interested in the concept of being vegan as a "green, environmental" thing". His wife is a vegan. He's surrounded, I tell you!"
Kr. Michael Klaper, vegan doctor associated with True North Health in Santa Rosa also was there.
Supplying demand for the delicious vegan genre is a fruitful investment in San Francisco in particular, as it is the first city in the nation to implement a vegetarian day resolution to encourage restaurants and schools of all flavors to offer vegetarian options each Monday.
The special resolution by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to encourage the eating of less meat acknowledges the global Meatless Monday movement fostered by Sir Paul Mc Cartney in honor of his late wife Linda, and in so doing, to declare every Monday Vegetarian Day in San Francisco.
San Francisco first became home to Loving Hut at its opening in Chinatown in 2009, which was then followed by the opening of yet another location in Westfield in April of 2010. All Loving Huts menus boast of wholesome all vegan ingredients that are non-GMO and as organic as possible.
Eating with an agenda
Patrons of Loving Hut often do have an ulterior motive they are willing to proclaim unabashedly. “Love animals- don’t eat them,” states Bob Linden, the most vociferous of the Loving Hut supporters. Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine aims to support a healthier planet as well as a healthier lifestyle for all beings.
Supreme Master Ching Hai inspired the chain of restaurants now flourishing in over 200 locations worldwide has grown a loyal following of millions around the world who feel the same way. Her followers just love animals and do not want to eat them, and for more reasons, too.
Recently People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) awarded former President Bill Clinton with an award for making the transition to becoming a vegan for his own health reasons.
Food transportation miles
Environmentalists are joining the ranks of the eco-food conscious as well. In large part this is due to the fact that the food transportation mile distance from farm to the average American’s plate being 2500 miles away.
Activists say this distance combined with frequency of travel bears a large and unnecessary carbon footprint especially continuing to empower monoculture farming methods often employing labor at slave wages and conditions with high petroleum based carbon releases.
Food processing fools consumers
Nutritionists cite that food transported from far distances begins to decay immediately after the produce is harvested or the meat slaughtered. “Currently, food processing plants engineer “additives and sweeteners, flavorings, coloring agents, preservatives, bleaching agents, emulsifiers, texturizers, humectants, acids, alkalis, buffers and other chemicals” into our food supply writes Dr. Don Colbert, author of Toxic Relief.
Colbert continues, “Processed foods are another method of dietary abuse of our bodies. They generally are so manipulated to prolong shelf life [because the food needs to survive the long periods of time endured by transportation distances and storage] that they are grossly deficient in nutrients."
"As a result of ingesting processed foods," further writes Colbert, our tissues and organs must continually draw from our bodies’ stored nutrient reserves, setting us up for nutrient deficiencies. No wonder we are overfed with processed foods yet undernourished. Such foods provide loads of calories with little nutrition.”
Factory farms concentrate methane, ammonia, nitrous oxide, and sickness
Factory farms and meat processing plants are also shipping and trucking meats in from far distances and even other countries or in this country food activists and social justice advocates say abuse illegal immigrants they have been lured to come work having little other options, and for which abuse has been documented.
When the flu known as swine flu broke out in 2008 causing a national panic, soon the name of the flu was changed to ‘H1N1’ when actually, the disease was traced to a factory farm pig operation in Mexico. Such operations also concentrate large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide.
Activists also remark that animals in factory farms are confined to horrific, tortuous, and inhumane raising of pigs, chickens, cows, and other livestock that also concentrates disease and toxic food.
The meat industry’s impact on the atmosphere
The Director of Public Relations for Loving Hut David Smugar makes the point that because forests are stripped at highly unsustainable rates of as high as 50 million acres a year per the Academy of Science to make pasture for livestock to graze on in order to ultimately produce meat, that the practice of eating meat, in fact supports the deforestation of the planet.
This deforestation can be directly related to the clearing of precious rainforests to make room for raising cattle, chickens, pigs, etc. According to a report by Friends of the Earth, as much as 80 percent of global deforestation is caused by conversion of forests into agricultural land. And as the rainforests are in effect the ‘lungs of the Earth’, to keep stripping the Earth of its forests to accommodate an appetite for meat is inevitably unsustainable.”
As Bob Linden announced on his radio show Go Vegan last year, the 2009 World Watch Institute State of the World Report has shown that livestock now accounts for 50 percent of atmospheric greenhouse gaseous emissions due to agricultural industry’s land-use change to meat production (p. 39). This far surpasses any other man made-contribution to greenhouse gas content in our atmosphere, said the report.
- World Watch (2006) cites: “Animal agriculture is the driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future—deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss…”. Based on research by the Word Watch Institute, more than 50% (some estimates are closer to 80%) of man-made caustic emissions resulting in climate change stem from the raising of animals for consumption.
- UN Food & Agriculture Organization (2006) states “The livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the ships, cars, lorries, planes and other transport in the World combined.”
- Vast numbers of climate experts are claiming a plant-based diet is one of the quickest ways to reduce emissions and stabilize the Earth’s temperature.
- Dr. Kirk Smith, a Nobel Peace Prize winning Professor of Global Environment and Health at U.C. Berkley, and member of the IPCC states: “Sure we have to deal with CO2 in the long run, but if you want to make impact on the climate in the next 20 years, the place to do it is with the shorter lived gasses, most important of which is Methane." Methane is produced by large concentrations of livestock such as in factory farming.
Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine
Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine aims to support a healthier planet as well as a healthier lifestyle for all beings. Loving Hut intends to raise awareness of the connection between animal agriculture and global warming as well to shed more light regarding the driving force behind global Meatless Mondays movement known locally as Vegetarian Day in San Francisco.
San Francisco is a flagship city of environmentalism. The City offers a fleet of hybrid taxis, the best track record of recycling including composting in the United States, and a plethora of vegetarian and vegan establishments. Recently awarded the prestigious Green Power Leadership Award by the EPA for generating highly significant amounts of on-site green energy from renewables such as solar and wind. The city also has a policy of disclosing its green cleaning products not tested on animals.
From an environmental perspective, San Francisco is quickly becoming a role model for all cities worldwide to emulate.The food at Loving Hut has not only a low carbon footprint and a low methane footprint; it is also very affordable and delightfully pleasing to the palate.
Don Colbert, M.D. (2001). Toxic Relief. Lake Mary, Florida. Siloam.