Monday, August 16, 2010

Meatless Monday--Join the Cause!

Most of us know the downside of indulging in our favorite meats. Meat is high in saturated fats, which can lead to many health problems such as high cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease.

Besides the health risks of eating too much saturated fats, consider the environmental impact of a carnivore lifestyle. You've probably already heard that the livestock industry is responsible for between 13.5 and 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Most of this is from methane that is produced by livestock. Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as cause of global warming.

Other animals such as poultry and pigs produce manure that is high in nitrous oxide (298 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide). Still more greenhouse gases come from fertilizers used to grow animal feed, process meat, storage, and the transport of products. Beef is the most energy intensive of all meats. According to Greenpeace, eating 1 kg of beef represents the same greenhouse emissions as flying 100 km of a flight per passenger (or twice the carbon footprint of eating pigs or poultry). Believe me, I think I'd rather take that trip!

Just think what an impact we all could have on our health and the environment by omitting meat from the menu just one day a week, you'll be reducing meat consumption by 15%! While I am ready to commit to help the problem, I am not ready to totally walk away from meat (I'll be the first to admit that I enjoy a nice juicy steak from time to time). Instead, I am ready to take those baby steps. If we all commit to being a vegetarian for 1 day a week, we can make a small impact on a much larger global problem. Join the cause!

If you are interested in learning more about the movement, here are a few links. Don't forget to check out the recipes to get some great ideas on some meatless dishes. I will also be dabbling in the meatless arena at least once a week. Stay tuned for some of my trial recipes!


meemsnyc said...

With all the fantastic veggies we've been growing, we've definitely been eating a lot of vegetable meals.