I’m not much of a meat eater. I’m more of a nibbling rabbit. When I stumbled upon the Meatless Monday campaign, I joined right away. Meatless Monday is a non-profit campaign aimed at reducing meat consumption in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.
Health of our planet? Yes, what we eat has an impact on our planet. But I’ve often wondered how much?
Recently I found a study (pdf file) from Carnegie-Mellon University that answered some of my questions. The study compared greenhouse gas emissions associated with food production and distribution in the United States.
Red meat has the greatest impact on our environment, followed by my dear friend dairy.
Red meat and dairy production have far more climate impact than delivery. The study found that eliminating red meat and dairy products for one day each week could have the same climate impact as buying local food all year.
Now that I know the impact of dairy on the planet, I’ve decided to reduce my dairy consumption.
It’s easy enough to substitute in soy or hemp milk. Soy yogurt? Earth Balance natural buttery spread? I’ve been reading the Living Without Meat blog (sans ads on my Kindle) and collecting vegan recipes. I don’t think I’ll be vegan anytime soon (don’t worry Mom). I’ve always been more of a flexitarian; I occasionally eat meat. Still, I’m compelled to reduce my dairy consumption. Vegantarian?
For me, frugality is about treading lightly on our earth; consuming less meat and dairy.
Have you reduced your meat or dairy consumption? Use a Comment to add your wisdom.