When I was 12 years old, I dramatically gagged a piece of Summer sausage back onto my dinner plate and announced to my family that from now on, I was a vegetarian.
Such were the beginnings of my (mostly) meat-free life.
I would like very much to tell you that I am an ethical vegetarian, that I love baby chickens and cows so much that I can’t imagine eating them. And while I do love fluffy chicks and big-eyed calves, I mostly don’t eat meat because I don’t like it.
I also don’t eat green peppers, hard boiled eggs, Snickers bars, or nori – not for any ethical reason but because I simply don’t like them.
But since I’ve started smooching the Senior Climatologist for the state of Minnesota (#coolerbyassociation) I’ve been privy to all sorts of enlightening data about how our dietary choices affect climate change.Quitting meat can reduce your carbon footprint significantly more than quitting driving. Click To Tweet
Again, I can’t really take much credit for my own reduced carbon footprint; I’m lucky that my personal affection for peas and cherries translates to good environmental karma. But imagine what a difference it would make if we all ate even one less serving of meat each week. Just one steak requires 4,500 litres of water!
If you’re a devoted meat eater, no shame – I eat bacon and Arby’s chicken strips once or twice a year! If you’re interested in transitioning to a less meat-centric diet, I’ve rounded up some of my absolute favorite meat-free recipes for you. I’ve served these to many a meat-eater and they’ve always been met with raves reviews!
Links to recipes embedded in images, click through.
Have you changed your eating/transportation/consumption habits to be more environmentally friendly? If you have, I’d love to hear what you’re doing in the comments!
P.S. Here’s a lot more great info and more statistics about meat, water, and climate change.