One meatless day per week?

Pigs in pig farmMy husband is, if I can toot my own husband’s horn for a minute, one of the most forward-thinking people I know. He has been on the environmentally conscious bandwagon since before it ever became the thing to do.  And, while he kills me sometimes with his turning off of every wall switch, electric appliance, and even our heating like an obsessively crazed man, I adore him for his commitment to the environment.

This is why, when a couple months ago I noticed him opting for more vegetarian meals instead of the hearty/meaty meals he normally goes for, I knew that there must be something more at stake than his health.  And indeed there was: farm animals around the world, he told me, generate more carbon emissions than even cars, buses and airplanes combined.   Can you believe that?  And, apparently eating less meat creates less demand for, and in turn fewer, farm animals.

This article in the New York Times offers an interesting perspective on the issue, and has encouraged us to think about our meals and to try (even though it’s difficult) to go without meat at least one day a week.



Comments (8)

February 8, 2009

Incredible! I actually also believe that eating too much meat makes you really fat, so one veggie day a week (ot two, for that matter) definitely has more benefits!

Kim Baarda
February 8, 2009

Good to know that unknowingly we have been helping the environment. I grew up in a home with scientists as parents and they always told us you don’t need meat everyday. We still now I have my own family have at least one day a week where we eat lentils dish/tofu or any other kind of vegetarian meal (although even after 7 years my partner still eats it under protest!!!)

February 8, 2009

Being Italian means you often eat a vegetable meal without realising it. Our cooking culture makes good use of vegetables, carbs and cheese.
You should not eat red meat more than twice or three times per week I think, eat more fish and a more varied diet in general.

If we ate less meat, then, maybe, also the quality of the meat we get would be better. Intensive farming is bad for the environment but also for our health. More pollution yes, but also meat coming from animals that have been fed hormones, antibiotics and any sort of crappy feeds.

February 8, 2009

we have moved to only eating organic meat, meat from healthy, well looked after animals.

I think as always balance is the key, and a diet of meat, fish and veggies is the way forward.

February 8, 2009

Honestly, it would never occur to me to eat meat – especially red meat – every day! We are a family of four living in Brussels (although I’m American). We eat chicken once a week, fish or other seafood once or twice a week, and the remaining nights we have a vegetarian meal (a pasta dish, legumes, chickpeas, etc.). I also buy deli ham or chicken for my children’s sandwiches, but that’s about it. We hardly ever eat red meat – the occasional hamburger or carpaccio – and never miss it.

February 12, 2009

Read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and it will be that much easier to skip meat one day a week. The book made me think much more about where my food comes from and what i choose to buy!

February 12, 2009

That book by Barbara Kingsolver is TOP on my list of books to read!!!
Her book, ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ is my all-time favorite book ever.

February 24, 2009

Michael Pollan is the inspiration behind going “one meatless day per week”. I saw him speak after reading Omnivore’s Dilemma and he was fascinating and inspiring. For other ideas about “one meatless day” (and some recipe ideas for meatless night) check out my other blog posts:

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