Kingsville Lions focus on the environment as one of their areas of service. This month we will be talking about the environmental impact of meat consumption and we’ll share some delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes.
Eating less meat can help lower our carbon footprint. Even cutting meat out of your meal plan one day of each week can really help our environment. According to Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM) 50% of methane gas is from ranching globally.
Deforestation due to cattle raising is also a huge factor when thinking of all aspects of cattle ranching and its impact on the environment. Forests are being cut down for grazing animals. Cattle ranching is the reason for 80% of the deforestation in Amazon countries. You can read more about this at Unsustainable Cattle Ranching.
How We Can Help
There’s so much we can do to make a difference!
– Plant some vegetables. The more vegetables are planted, the better.
– Reduce personal meat consumption. You can find even more helpful information about Meatless Monday at UN Climate Change Report Making You Want to Cut Meat?
– Substitute meat with beans, tofu, legumes, lentils, hemp seeds, soy, green peas and quinoa for plant-based protein. There are also many companies that make specifically vegetarian or vegan products.
By cutting back on meat, you can help save the environment. In the process you will also be protecting animals, your wallet and your own health!
Please do your part to help our home and share information to help preserve the environment.
For Further Reading on Meatless Eating:
Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM)
Source: J. Poore, T. Nemecek. “Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers.”
Science 01 Jun 2018: Vol. 360, Issue 6392, pp. 987-992
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