Thursday, March 18, 2010
EAT LESS MEAT
"On an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Michael Pollan, whole-foods advocate and author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma, was asked for the best way to reduce your carbon footprint. His answer? Eat less meat. In his family, they have one meat-free day per week -- every Monday.
This is the idea behind Meatless Mondays, a non-profit initiative of the Monday Campaigns and the Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their goal is to help reduce meat consumption by 15 percent in order to improve personal health and the health of the planet.
Though Americans make up only five percent of the world's population, we consume 15 percent of the world's meat, and the meat industry generates a staggering one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide." (from some article that popped up on my welcome screen)
I have tried over the years to restrict my meat intake. I certainly have enough Vegetarian Cookbooks to prove that I intended to do so. I've watched disgusting shows on meat production.
I once walked along a rural road in Kansas talking to the beef cattle that lined the fence, staring at me. All I could think about was the Restaurant At The End of the Universe where the cow comes to the table, for you to point to what body part, you want for dinner. Trust me, along that road, all by myself with just a hundred head of cattle and me I SWORE I would never eat meat again. I mean, who knows, I grew up on the Twilight Zone, for God's sake.
When we were first married we couldn't afford anything but hamburger. The only time I had a pot roast was when we trekked back to Maryland, to John's mother's house. My cooking bible, in those years, was 1000 Ways To Cook Hamburger, put out by the Junior League of Georgia. I worked with a woman from Georgia. We had casseroles every other night. Easy to make ahead when I worked and Zeus went to school.
I love a good steak. I mean I really, really love a New York Strip Steak. And, maybe it's just me but the next day I feel energized. I feel like my protein level just jumped back up to FULL.
I can take my Beano and eat a pot of lentils and still not get that feeling the next day.
I think my DNA has more of Hunter than Gatherer.
All that said, I still think that reducing my carbon footprint is a good thing. We also eat less meat than when the kids were growing up. We tend to eat soups, salads and pasta a lot. We eat a lot of chicken and those horror stories about how they are raised make me want to stop eating that, too.
Hmmmm, so what's for dinner? I need to think about this.
:)Bea Who would rather create than do laundry.
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