If you are a meat eater and you haven’t heard of meatless Mondays, this one is for you. According to this article from Scientific American, beef and lamb production and distribution is responsible for 10-40 times the amount of greenhouse gases than typical vegetables and grains. This is because livestock is fed corn, soybean, and other grains that use large amounts of fertilizer, fuel, pesticides, water and land.
I’m not going to try to convince you to give up meat entirely. I haven’t been able to convince my husband or any family (except my super cool niece!) But - simply by forgoing meat for one day a week, you are helping. Love meat? There are so many great alternatives, like Beyond Meat, Impossible Burger, Gardein chicken tenders that taste just like McNuggets and many more.
Side note: I became pescatarian in 2007. The world of fresh, exciting vegetables and dishes has not even begun to open up to you until you get rid of meat from your plate. There are gorgeous and delicious vegetables that you can do so much with. If you are up for a new adventure, start cooking meat free. Here are my absolute must have cookbooks.
If, like me, you are already not eating meat. Great job! Now how about dairy and eggs? These are made from animals, and if you’ve ever driven up the 5 freeway from LA to SF, you know the stink. It’s beyond sad what those dairy cows have to go through, that’s no life to live. But it’s also terrible for the environment. By not buying or eating dairy, you help curb that. There are plenty of dairy alternatives, and hey, plant based eating is better for your health, so it’s a win win!
Challenge yourself and give meatless Mondays a try, every little bit helps. And for the rest of the time, purchase your meat and dairy from local, sustainable sources. You will pay more, and in the end, that will make you purchase less and the more of us that make these small changes together, the quicker the policies will change. That’s what we are really after here.