Agriculture and factory farming were responsible for 10% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2015. Reason enough for us to have a closer look at the impact of diet on climate change. As a matter of fact, by changing your diet and turning towards a vegetarian lifestyle (or at least reducing your meat consumption), you can make a huge difference and considerably minimize your carbon footprint.
Some studies have found that eliminating animal foods from your diet could halve your carbon footprint. Various local options can replace meat on your meal plan like seasonal fruits and vegetables, for example. And whenever something you need or crave is not in season, choose canned produce instead! J A can is the perfect means to store nutrients, enhances the durability of freshly harvested food and it comes ready-to-eat.
Did you know that plant production uses much less energy in comparison to meat production? Contrary to popular belief, meat does not grow on trees or in the supermarket. The animals that are raised to produce beef, pork and lamb need food and this animal feed has to come from somewhere. Their diet consists not only of grass, but of supplements that helps the animal to gain weight quickly.
If the same crops would be used not for meat production but for us humans – meaning the energy that plants absorb from the sun is directly processed by humankind – the food production would be much more energy efficient.
Every vegetarian must have heard this question at least once during the meatless span of their lifetime: “But where do you get all your precious protein from?” Yes, folks, meat contains protein – but no, meat is not the only food that does! Just think of legumes like beans or lentils, whole grains, nuts, seeds and low-fat or fat-free dairy and eggs. They are the perfect source for a healthy portion of protein and most of them can perfectly well be produced locally and purchased at a farmer’s market or the like.
The first step is always the hardest – that’s especially true when we talk about such (let’s be honest) fundamental changes in our habits. But we promise, give it a try and you’ll soon notice that it’s worth it. Maybe you start off with a meat-free week and see how it goes. Or, if you don’t feel like completely eliminating meat from your diet, just try to reduce it by replacing it with more vegetables! However you decide to start, it will get easier after some time.
Are you a vegetarian or vegan and have some tips for starters? Tell us in the comment section. And if you’re considering to start: Keep your eyes open, there might be something interesting planned for you in the upcoming month on our blog.