Did you know, that the ingredients that go into meat, eggs and dairy production (including fertilizer, feed, transport and processing) add up to about 18% of total greenhouse gas emissions, more than the greenhouse gases produced by the transportation sector? Every step of meat production requires a lot of energy.
It’s also more efficient to grow grain directly for food than to grow grain to feed livestock. For example, it takes 16 pounds of grain or soy to produce one pound of steak! One of the greatest things we could do to help the environment would be to reduce the amount of meat we consume. Simply switching from steak to salad could cut as much carbon as leaving the car at home a couple days a week.
Meat used to be a luxury in our diet. People used to eat it, maybe, once a week. Now we eat it every day! So, ultimately, being a vegetarian, or vegan, would be ideal for the environment. However, for many of us, this is unrealistic. So, the next best thing? Try not eating meat, or any animal by-product (anything that comes from, or made from any animal), once every week. Even if you give up meat for a day, or a few days a week, it makes a difference. A difference in your health and in the environment.
So, try and get you and your family to go meatless on Mondays! This means, for the ENTIRE day, promise each other that you will not eat meat at all. Or, if you want to do better for the environment, try not eating or drinking any animal by- products. This means, no JELL-O (it’s made out of bones and hides!).
Once a week can make a difference! If you get used to your Meatless Mondays and want to do more, add another day to the week!
It’s better to pay a small price today than it is to pay a bigger price tomorrow.