Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Make lunch or dinner vegetarian (Day 61)

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.

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