Eat Less Meat And Save The Environment

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Humans are omnivores. We have molars AND canines for eating grains and shredding flesh. There is no doubt that we are built to eat meat, but our meat consumption has reached such proportions that we are actually harming the environment with our diet.

According to a new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation.

Choosing tofu instead of beef could do as much to save the environment as driving a hybrid, so why do we keep eating meat?

Because it tastes good.

What can you do? Just limiting your meat intake and having it only for special occasions can be your first step toward helping the world with your choices. All those small choices add up, so when you’re ordering your dinner tonight, try vegetarian. You could start a habit that is not only healthier, but could save the planet.

Via: Michael Verdi on Twitter


2 Responses to “Eat Less Meat And Save The Environment”

  1. Megan Says:

    I actually had made the decision to be a vegetarian. And when I started craving meat, I knew that I was pregnant, before I even took the test. And I just haven’t been able to make the switch back yet.

    Interesting posting though. I think I will chew on it for a while.

  2. judy wyatt Says:

    When I serve a meat meal, I use very small quantities of meat — (100-150 grams or about 3.5-5 ounces) for two adults. I chop it fine or slice it thin and saute it with LOTS of veggies and seasonings and something saucy and serve it with rice or pasta. It’s enough meat to give a bit of taste and nutrition, without being the main part of the meal. On other days I serve vegetarian meals.

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