Not Ready to Go Vegetarian? Me Either.

The verdict is in. Eating meat is really bad for the environment. The amount of resources that go into producing one pound of meat is astounding, not to mention the pollution and greenhouse gas emissions the livestock industry is responsible for. About a year ago my father handed me his Rolling Stone which was opened to an article about the pork livestock industry and how absolutely horrific it is. I was so grossed out just a quarter of the way though, I accepted the point and quit reading.

I consider myself to be a generally healthy eater. Okay, okay, I do enjoy baked goods, and on occasion I will whip up a high sodium Campbell’s can of Cream of whatever casserole and enjoy every bite; but I’m not so much into frying food, I don’t drink a whole lot other than water during the day and I enjoy one light beer every evening, I stay away from fattening condiments (yucko mayo), I really avoid anything prepackaged, and I shell out a fortune for olive oil and won’t cook with anything else. I’m always interested in upping the ante, though.

A few weeks ago, Dr. Oz was on Oprah discussing how to prolong your life. I never miss a Dr. Oz episode and neither should you. They talked in length during this show about a restricted calorie diet and how people who have maintained this lifestyle for years (like 10 years) have been shown to actually reverse cell deterioration. Meaning – they’re bodies are getting YOUNGER. I was fascinated and am bound and determined to go on this diet, how about on my 50th birthday. See, if you couldn’t tell already, I really enjoy food. I like talking about it, learning about it, making it and yeah, eating it. But I’m not kidding myself, sooner or later it’ll lose its luster for me and I’ll be more concerned about staying alive than about some new chicken recipe. You can learn about a restricted calorie diet here.

But for now, I’ll just keep on keepin’ on with my regular calorie intake, and focus, instead, on what I can do to keep my family healthy. And I find it very interesting that reducing meat intake is not only better for your body but it’s significantly better for the environment. I’m not ready to totally give up my carnivorous appetite, though. Can’t I meet you half way? Just for now? Apparently, I can. This article on Slate magazine discusses in detail what meats are more environmentally friendly. Turns out, chicken is the way to go and any red meat (beef, bison, lamb, and pork – yes they consider the “other white meat” really red meat) is environmentally devastating. Turns out red meat is pretty bad for your body, too. Just google “red meat cancer” and you’ll get the point quickly.

Recycle. Avoid plastic bags. Eat chicken. Feel a little better about yourself.

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2 Responses to “Not Ready to Go Vegetarian? Me Either.”


  1. 1 Chanda April 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I was fascinated by that Oprah episode as well. I looked for the book they recommended at the Martinsville library, but they didn’t have it. I have read a lot about the dangers of red meat, and have significantly cut it out of our diet (not completely of course – as you can tell by my picture of the huge burger I had in California). Thanks for the informative post and the link to the article.

  2. 2 Emily Anderson April 29, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    How about the guy who regrew his finger? Spooky!


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