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Posted Jan 10, 2010 in Cool Shit | 0 Comments

Veggies Please!

Veggie

Have Your Meat and Save the Planet too!

If you’re anything like me, you love meat: blue rare New York strip loin, chicken parmigiano, duck l’orange, even oxtail stew. But if you’re like me, you are constantly looking for quick and simple ways to reduce your environmental impact (and, of course, you love animals). Now, I’m more than willing to make sacrifices to lead a more ethical lifestyle (such as paying more for compostable garbage bags, buying free-range poultry products, dragging Tupperware containers for take-out dinners, and bringing my compost along the forty minute bus-ride to UBC; all of which I get sideways looks for), but I just cannot give up meat. I can, however, give it up for one day. I’m a believer in balance, the middle ground, equilibrium, and so I haven’t eliminated my inner carnivore but have subdued her. I’ve reduced the amount of meat I eat and am having fun cooking different vegetarian dishes in the process (no, not just tofu and raw carrots.  Think more along the lines of roasted pear salad, lasagna, and Thai stir-fry. Mmm).

Veggie heart

By exploring your inner vegetarian, you reduce your saturated fat intake (which, in turn, lowers your risk of acquiring diabetes and obesity) and the amount of guilt you feel for eating animals.   At the same time, you are helping the planet since raising livestock takes up a tremendous amount of energy. In fact, statistics say that raising livestock is responsible for 18% of the world’s carbon emissions, which is a higher percentage than the 14% emitted from the transportation sector. Cattle farming is the worst culprit.  It emits not only tons of carbon, but also methane from manure, whose effects on the environment are 20 times worse than carbon. That’s why I save the beef for special occasions (try substituting bison for your steaks or hamburgers, which is a leaner meat than beef and contains beneficial enzymes for your digestive system).

Here are some websites with more information and recipes:

Meatless Monday

David Suzuki´s Food

Care 2

Food Network

Vegetarian Recipes

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