Eat more vegetables, reduce global warming

Vegetables from the farm stand, h/t: foresterbob

In the past, my Climate Brief journals have focused on reducing the use of fossil fuels, but this month I’d like to report on how vegetarianism can help reduce global warming. I have been a vegetarian since the beginning of the year and found the transition quite easy as I had already eliminated beef, pork and chicken from my diet. So all I had to do was stop eating turkey and fish. I have found that eating vegetarian has helped reduce my digestion issues.
Although I realize that dairy products also contribute to global warming, I have yet to make the transition to vegan. Maybe next year.

This Greenpeace article reports 7 reasons why meat is bad for the environment.

From climate change to wildfires to human rights abuses, the global industrial meat industry is leaving a trail of destruction all over the world. The lives of millions of people depend on a dramatic reduction in the consumption of meat and dairy products. And it’s not just red meat that’s a problem.

The seven reasons why eating meat is bad for the environment include contributing to deforestation, increasing the risk of future pandemics, contributing to global warming, and meat being an inefficient way to eat.

If everyone ate plant-based, we would need 75% less agricultural land than today. It is an area equivalent to the United States, China, Europe and Australia combined. This is because it takes less land to directly grow food for humans than to feed animals, which humans then eat.

By freeing up agricultural land, there would be more space for migrants moving to more northern and southern latitudes, as explained in my previous climate note.

A vegetarian diet uses plant proteins such as nuts, seeds, grains and beans combined with other vegetables and fruits to complete a balanced diet. We often equate some of these foods with gas, which is true.
Websites offer solutions to reduce gas, such as over-the-counter remedies to reduce bloating, start by eating smaller amounts of gas-producing foods to give your body time to adjust to fiber and gas-producing substances, eating foods that cause less gas, chewing slowly, rinsing canned beans, etc. but I haven’t found a definitive way that’s proven to work for everyone.
Starting with less gassy foods might be a good place to start. Planning a week in advance helps to reduce the frequency of carbonated food servings, combine meal preparation with evening activities, and introduce an organized way to start a vegetarian diet. Here are some suggestions for starting or continuing a vegetarian lifestyle.

Breakfast:

  • eggs
  • toast
  • cheese
  • oatmeal with pecans and dates
  • other cereals cooked with sunflower seeds and raisins (I like to add a dollop of molasses for extra flavor)
  • Spanish omelette (potatoes, onions and eggs)

Lunch:

  • raw vegetables/fresh vegetables (!!)
  • cheese slices
  • hard boiled eggs
  • salad with feta cheese and tortilla chips
  • tomato soup topped with grated parmesan
  • other vegetable soups
  • melted cheese sandwich

Supper:

  • Black bean tacos
  • vegetarian chili
  • Lentil burgers or tacos
  • Roasted tomato soup
  • Split pea soup
  • Spaghetti Squash Sliders
  • Homemade mac’n cheese
  • Pizza

Making the switch to vegetarian is possible, and even though some ingredients are expensive, by not eating meat I save money, stay healthier, and do my part to save the planet.

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