Some men/ women turn to a plant-based diet due to their love for nature. George Monbiot, a highly respected environmental writer and conservationist, author of Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding (2013), is one of them.
When I first visited his blog, I immediately identified myself with a description that he borrowed from Lord Byron:
Some men/women turn to a plant based diet due to their love for nature. George Monbiot, a highly respected environmental writer and a conservationist, author of Feral, Searching for Enchantment on the Frontier of Rewilding (2013), is one of them. When we met in London for Salute to our dear friend and an outstanding conservationist, Doug Tompkins, who passed away a year ago, George exclaimed: "Isn't it great to see how many people turn to veganism these days?" Yes, indeed, many do and enjoy that.
We chatted about recipes and about hemp, the sustainable wonder crop that could be an answer to many earth-damaging practices. Only a hundred years ago it was still a common crop all over the world; industrial hemp makes not only a perfect construction material, but it can replace cotton, paper, even non-biodegradable plastic. Cannabis seeds are an excellent source of protein, matching that of beef.
During our chat, I promised to send George the recipe for one of the most nutritious, simplest and quickest plant-based milks there is. So here it is.
You will need nothing more than:
1 cup of hulled hemp seeds/ Cannabis Sativa (industrial hemp contains no THC)
2 cups of water (cold or below 42°C to keep the nutritional properties)
NOTE: 1:2 ratio of hulled seeds - water will give a creamy texture of no-cow-milk with a nutty taste
Blend the hulled hemp seeds and water in any blender until smooth and it's done. Straining is optional. This is the "lazy" version of the milk. You may also soak the hulled hemp seeds over night, rinse and blend if you want a more economic, yet still nutritious drink. Here you will need to strain the mixture and you will need more seeds to achieve the same consistency.
You may add raw chocolate, dates, or any other goodies for a desired final taste. You can store your milk refrigerated for a couple of days but, as with all the food, it is best to make it fresh to keep its sattvic properties.
Like you, George Monbiot, I’ve converted to veganism to reduce my impact on the living world, although I have other good reasons to do so.