It's no secret that I'm a vego, but i'm totally happy for others to eat meat if it's right for them. In fact my husband is well and truly a meat eater, and I have no desire to change him, because it's right for what he needs.
The fact of choosing to eat meat or not isn't really the argument in my view, it's the type of meat you are eating, and how often you eat it. You need to be eating the best quality possible, otherwise chances are you're doing more harm than good. The $3.99 a kilo steak at the supermarket, is no surprise, bad quality. Eat meat less often and buy better quality. This means organic, and free range. By choosing these options you are choosing meat free of drugs, hormones (and yes they do effect our hormone levels when we eat them), antibiotics and many other chemicals that are harmful to our health.
In my house we have decided to get on board the 'Meat Free Monday' concept in order to do our bit to help the environment.
Did you know...
'The production of 1kg of beef requires the cow to eat 16kg of grain and soy feed. In pigs the ratio is 6:1 and chicken 3:1. This equates to livestock eating more than a third of the worlds grain'
(source Changing Habits, Changing Lives by Cyndi O'Meara)
This quote just blows my mind! That is so much food every single year, to produce such a small amount of meat. The ratios just don't work and aren't sustainable.
There is also the damage that livestock do to our planet based on emissions that must be considered. A UN report discovered that (based on European consumption - much the same as Australian), if we halved the amount of animal products we eat, particularly meat and dairy, there would a be a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 25% - 40% every year!
Now back to 'Meat Free Monday's , this concept was created by the McCartney's. Yep those one's, Paul, Stella and Mary. And as the name suggests, on Mondays, you choose to go vego, to do your bit to save our beautiful planet. It's a great concept that I love, and so do lots of celebs. Vivienne Westwood, Jamie Oliver, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leona Lewis and Sir Richard Branson to name a few. Seriously thought check out the people in this photo that I grabbed from the website...
So head to the website, jump on board and make a difference to our world.