I have thought long and hard about what I am going to say in this post and have not discussed it with one person. I have decided to become a part-time vegetarian. Now before you accuse me of making up a term that is code for a cope out here me out.
Americans eat 12 ounces of meat per day. I am not sure if I eat that much but until recently I did not think that much about my meat consumption. I admittedly consume meat at breakfast on occasion, I love bacon and sausage a lot. I eat meat at lunch sometimes I get hamburgers from the fresh burger place around the corner. Other times for lunch I will get braised beef or meatballs with my veggies at my favorite local food restaurant.
Meat consumption has a huge effect on climate change. A 2006 UN report estimated that 18% of man-made green house gases came from meat consumption. A 2008 article in World Watch magazine estimated it might be as high as 50%! Regardless of the actual percentage reducing my meat consumption is basically a free and immediate change I can make to help reduce my personal CO2 emissions. [Read more...]