This is one of the easiest things you can do to make a positive difference in the world. Every time you choose a vegetarian meal instead of meat, you conserve some resources. You don’t have to be vegetarian full-time or forever to make a difference.
Meat production has a huge environmental impact. Growing plants and feeding them to meat animals uses more water, fuel, pesticide, and fertilizer, per calorie of person-food, than just eating the plants ourselves. The waste products of meat animals pollute our drinking water. The use of antibiotics on meat animals contributes to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can kill people.
Lent begins this Wednesday, March 1. Whether you’re a Christian or not, you can use Lent as a 40-day free trial period to make the small sacrifice of changing one habit to a less wasteful habit. You will make a difference, and you will learn something. After Easter, you can reflect on what you learned and decide whether to keep the new habit permanently, modify it, or go back to your old ways and try making a different change next Lent.
Daniel and I gave up meat (including fish) for Lent 15 years ago. It led to a permanent change in our eating habits. We’re really glad we tried it!
Click here to read my article at Kitchen Stewardship with lots of advice on trying a less-meat or no-meat diet! I’m always available for tech support on this topic, so please feel free to ask me about your specific meat-replacing questions.
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