We eat a lot of meat. Most of our lunches and dinners consist of some form of meat (usually chicken or pork), a starch (potatoes or rice) and at least one vegetable. However, the livestock production industry has a serious effect on the environment. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, livestock production is the biggest producer of greenhouse gases and the biggest cause of biodiversity loss, globally (ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/010/a0701e/a0701e07.pdf).
I`m going to help lessen our environmental impact by making sure that either lunch or dinner is vegetarian each day. That means if we have meat at lunch, we have a vegetarian meal for dinner.
It will take my family some time to get used to this - Ì`ll need to dust off my recipe books and start experimenting with different protein sources such as tofu, tempeh, lentils and beans. Hopefully, I can find meals we will all enjoy.
The inspiration for this blog came after reading Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, and wondering if her new eco-lifestyle was really applicable to a family of 5 that was already fairly environmentally friendly. At the urging of a friend, I took on the challenge of trying to improve my family's "green-ness", using the book as a template. This blog will record our attempts to improve our environmental foot-print one small change at a time.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Make lunch or dinner vegetarian (Day 61)
Posted by Eco Mama at 11:04 AM
Labels: agriculture, livestock production, vegetarianism
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