This is a really important but often overlooked solution, because no one likes to be told what to eat (although strangely enough we constantly follow fad diets)! Our population has tripled since 1930, when it was 2.3 billion and is now at 7.3 billion and projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. That’s astounding success for humans but very hard on our planet. It is estimated that our food system is responsible for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions—grow the wheat to feed the cattle, cut and ship the wheat to the feed lots, kill the cattle, ship the meat to be processed, possibly as many as 100 different cattle can be in one hamburger patty, ship the meat to the grocery store. Not a simple process, nor a sustainable one.
We can all do this, it doesn’t take massive amounts of infrastructure to be rebuild and it would make a huge impact immediately. This is an excellent website, www.eatlowcarbon.org if you need guidance as to what exactly a “low carbon diet” entails. And a very important fringe benefit is that it is so much better for your health. WHO the World Health Organization just confirmed last week what some have known for a long time, that processed meat is carcinogenic, and red meat is not so good for you either.
We have composting pick up in our area, I also compost in the backyard and I recently got a worm bin and the worms seem to be thriving! So in my mind this is something everyone’s doing, but when I was researching solutions I found it’s not. This is like throwing away money, it’s a rich valuable commodity for our soil which is so important to carbon sequestration. I love these low cost ways to navigate our way out of this maze. So compost!
This is an absolutely excellent post from Vegan Heartland about transitioning your dog to vegan food, it’s so well researched and thought out. One of my pet peeves is the cost of pet food, I can’t imagine they are using the best cuts of meat (I really don’t want to imagine what they are using) and a bag of dried chicken strips costs more than a whole chicken sometimes. My dogs have been vegan on and oft and are doing well with the transition. They seem to like the vegan kibble, it is just so expensive! Maybe it will come down in price if more people buy it?
Now, this is not one of my first choice solutions to our climate crisis but it is thought to be one of the ways to obtain a sustainable system for food production. I think they’ll get reformed to not look like meal worms so it shouldn’t really be any more difficult than eating meat, because it is meat. I’m personally going to stick with my whole foods plant based diet, thank you!
This is an excellent article by The Smithsonian Magazine about the research done on it.
I just bought Tracey Stewart’s new book “Do Unto Animals, A friendly guide to how Animals live, and how we can make their lives better”. I love it, it’s authentic and she’s right on with her observations. My daughter takes the book and follows the massage techniques for the dogs and cats on our pets. They love it too! Judging from facebook most of us love animals, but there is just a huge disconnect with people concerning their treatment from farm to plate.