You’ve heard of Meatless Mondays (I hope) and you may have even tried a veggie burger once in your life. I made the decision two (!) years ago to be a full-time, plantivore, locavore eater. While this can be difficult sometimes given our nation’s love of meat-eating, I have found that I feel better about myself, my health, my carbon footprint and my food choices. There is no better time than now to try a more conscious way of eating, to limit or cut out your meat consumption; whether you’re a full-on carnivore or a locavore vegan, we can always be a little more conscious of how our food affects us, our health and our planet.
It’s fast becoming a well-known fact that eating less meat is good for the earth. Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has said that “in terms of immediacy of action and the feasibility of bringing about reductions in a short period of time, [people eating less meat] clearly is the most attractive” way to fight climate change. Authors from Upton Sinclair to Jonathan Safran Foer have detailed the horrific animal cruelty and human-rights abuses associated with factory farming and meat processing. And most doctors will tell you that eating fewer animal products is simply better for your health. As beloved food writer Michael Pollan has summed it up, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
With all of this in mind, our GOOD 30-Day Challenge for June is to go vegetarian.
Side note: Cheese does not count as a meat substitute.