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Vegetarianism Divided this Village

In religiously-contentious India, a surprising new battleground

Jain Temple in Palitana. Photo by Kalpeshzala59 via Wikimedia Commons

This summer, Palitana, a town of 50,000 people in the coastal lobe of northwest India’s Gujarat state, announced it would officially become a completely vegetarian municipality. No meat can be slaughtered, sold, or harbored, no eggs can be collected, and no fish can be caught within its borders. Since then, the city has gained an international reputation as the world’s top veggie city, trouncing the American and European cities that once billed themselves as the best spots for meatless mavens to visit.

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5 Behavior and Culture Hacks to Get People Eating Less Meat

Science has shown eating less meat can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Here are five ways to commit to eating less meat.

I'm the Director of User Experience at Opower, where we work to fight climate change bytackling people’s energy use. Our products use behavioral science combined with good design to motivate people to use less, and it's quite effective; so far we’ve saved 2 billion kWh of electricity. However, lately science has been telling us that that eating less meat is actually the best way to have the fastest impact on our planet. This got me thinking: could similar behavioral science techniques be used to motivate people to eat less meat? Below are 5 techniques and ideas on how to apply them.

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'Kale-Eating Overlord' Musk Will Allow Meat on Mars—If It's Viable

Think for a moment about why you might actually have to be vegetarian on Mars—it's much more sustainable.

Want to be a Martian colonist? No problem. Wait a decade or two and you can be one of the first several thousand to do so, says space baron Elon Musk who, after all, "would like to die on Mars."

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The Hidden Cost of Burgers: Your Quarter Pounder Needs 450 Gallons of Water

Americans eat an average of 3 burgers a week. If we eliminated meat just one day a week, it would be like taking 7.6 million cars off the road.

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Americans eat an average of three burgers a week. That's 156 burgers per person, every year. Maybe even more burgers are getting gobbled in the midst of this Chick-fil-A storm?

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