I just read this post at Planetsave – Edible Activism: Changing the World Through What We Eat. It’s a great read for anyone who is starting to think about sustainable eating. One of the points she makes is that the easiest way to have a big impact on carbon emissions is to stop eating meat. Meat production and delivery causes a lot of greenhouse gas release. Vegetarianism is not only the healthiest way to go for yourself, but also for the planet.
I love animals – dogs, elephants, horses, monkeys, panda bears – all of them, including cows and pigs. It makes me feel very guilty that I haven’t been able to give up completely on eating beef and pork. I feel somewhat less guilty about chicken, and I am sorry to say that I don’t feel guilty about fish or eggs at all. I don’t eat much meat; I get most of my protein through dairy and the occasional bit of seafood. I rarely, rarely buy beef, pork or chicken at the store. I eat seafood when I go out to eat; I don’t often fix it at home. I also eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at least twice a week for lunch.
One problem that I have is that a lot of the staples of a vegetarian diet – beans, lentils, pea-type things – I don’t like. I can’t eat them. The texture makes me gag. Ick, ick, ick. I don’t like oatmeal, except in cookies. I don’t like anything I’ve ever eaten made from soy – gross. I would never be able to be a vegan; I like milk and cheese and ice cream way too much.
However – I hereby resolve to abstain from the cows, pigs and chickens – for them, for me and for the planet. I will report it here if I slip up.
Meanwhile, here’s a picture of my favorite animal – this is Ralph.