On the 1st of January 2016 I made a commitment to not eat any meat for the year. Because naturally I’m a big fan of meat, I decided becoming a Pescaterian would be a good initial step. Although now 3 months in I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually had seafood, I probably could’ve just committed to being a real vegetarian.
People often ask me “BUT WHYYYY!?!?” which is totally fair, because you know… BACON!
The next question is usually something about me becoming a tree-hugging hippy, which is cool but nope, not doing that either.
And then we get to the part of the conversation where I give my “BUT WHYYYY?!?” reasons;
1 – I don’t particularly feel good after eating meat. My body feels way healthier now that I’m eating a plant based diet.
2 – I don’t miss eating meat (although no one has offered me any biltong yet, so that might be a tough one when I get back to South Africa).
3 – I genuinely believe if everyone cuts-down on eating meat, the impact on the environment would be MASSIVE!
“Some scientists and researchers argue that the price of your average fast-food Hamburger should actually be around $200, a number that accurately reflects the real cost of things such as clear-cutting of forests, contamination of water, damage to human health, government subsidies, and so on.” Astra Taylor
I don’t think we can expect everyone to become a veggie, or even vegan, but I do think we can expect everyone to consider the importance in cutting down! Have you heard of the “meat free mondays” movement? Check out the website below and get yourselves informed!
A major problem with all of this is that people HATE putting labels on themselves, because if you slip up and eat meat you end up feeling like crap about yourself because it’s associated with the feeling of failure! And of course the added factor of not wanting to be judged by everyone around you… So DON’T put a label on yourself, don’t call yourself a vegetarian, don’t call yourself vegan. Rather consider yourself as someone who cares about the world and global issues, while making a conscious effort to reduce your carbon footprint by skipping a day or two of consuming meat.
Here are a few more facts from the documentary Cowspiracy which had a pretty big impact on me.
-Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
– Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
– Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.
2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.
-A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.
-Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.
-We could see fishless oceans by 2048.
On a scale of ‘1 to STUFF THAT MATTERS,’ I’d say the issue of committing to eat less meat than we usually do is probably on the level of, “PASS ME THE BROCCOLI!”
That’s all for today y’all. Thank you so much for reading! Keep sharing good thoughts and love with everyone around you! And of course, may you never lose your wander!
(Not that these animals are livestock or edible, but you know, I took some film photos of animals and decided they should go here. Ok?)