There’s no doubt that raising livestock for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy and water – and it is claimed that these farm animals contribute to at least 50 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.
Is it possible for humans to adjust lifestyles and diets in such a way that these emissions are reduced? Here are some easy options for reducing your meat intake and lowering your culinary carbon footprint.
- Try a vegetarian restaurant
Removing meat from the daily diet is becoming more popular. The app HappyCow has been developed to make it easy to find vegan and vegetarian restaurants. HappyCow gives you insider tips in over 175 countries. Download the app here.
- Think about your staples
Make a list of ingredients that you consume on a regular basis. Consider vegetarian alternatives and make a new list. If you enjoy spaghetti or chilli, for example, use a ground-beef alternative from suppliers such as Morningstar Farms and just cook it using your normal recipe and method.
- Tell your friends & family
Explain the rationale for your decision to reduce meat consumption and demonstrate practically how alternatives can be equally appetizing. Click here for some nutritious recipes.