Why go green?

by Erika Torres

Our decision to go green, organic and eco-friendly pretty much happened over night.

I have never been a self-described hippie liberal vegetarian that loved trees and cried over dead animals.

In fact, I am still a meat-lover, bacon die-hard , Honda gas-guzzling driver.

Soon after we got married, we inherited Bentley, our lovable six-year-old Wheaton Terrier. He takes up our bed, runs our lives and we often plan our weekends around his schedule, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Having never been much of an animal person, I never paid much attention to PETA. But having Bentley in our lives and seeing how strongly I feel about him being such an important member of our family, I knew that things had to change.

I started to come across TV specials and news articles warning about BPA and toxic chemicals. Then I watched Food, Inc. And it suddenly clicked.

I can’t justify treating animals to such horrible conditions for the sake of my food. I would never ever want Bentley treated that way, and it makes no difference that they are a cow, chicken or pig.

Over the course of this blog, I hope to take our happy home through an organic eco-friendly transformation. It can’t be done overnight, but small steps make a big difference.


Tyler September 14, 2010 - 8:27 pm

A Wheaton was my first dog growing up!! They are so great! He is so cute in the picture on the front page.

missentregate August 27, 2010 - 5:46 am

I have a 4 year old wheaton. They’re amazing dogs.

Food inc. was really good. Gross, but really interesting.

I see what you mean about putting animals in those conditions for the sake of our food. I’m a vegetarian but I don’t think it’s wrong to eat animals. I really do think it’s natural for humans to eat meat but it’s so overdone. People will have steak three nights a week for dinner, always choose the biggest burger at a restaurant etc..
There are so many other things available to us these days. So many meat items are mass produced and pre-packaged with all this filler anyway. Vegetarian options don’t taste bad anymore (at least not all of them). My theory is that my not eating meat just balances out someone else’s mass consumption. My husband is a meat eater. It doesn’t bother me at all. It’s all about balance.


Leave a Comment