Where’s the Meat?

At CompoKeeper, it is our mission to empower people to live healthy, clean lives, without harming the environment. We aim to empower through educationthemed education to be exact.

M is for Monday, and Meat, or Meatless, rather…

Note: Don’t worry, this is not an attempt to get you to become a vegetarian, only to try something new once a week that will have a positive impact on the planet. Just keep reading.

So what is Meatless Monday all about anyway?

Meatless Monday is a growing movement that encourages people to go one day out of the week without eating meat.

Why is it even a movement in the first place?

Well, because the meat industry has a pretty massive and muddy carbon footprint. The process of raising animals, slaughtering them, transporting the meat, and refrigerating it is an extremely wasteful one. Our land, food,  clean water and finite fossil fuel supply are all impacted by the current meat-production process.

Land, Food, Fuel & Water Supply Statistics:

  • 30% of the world’s land is used for raising animals for food. That’s 17 million sq. miles, more than the entire surface area of the moon.
  • To produce 1 lb of meat16 pounds of grain (that’s about 26 loaves of bread) and 2400 gallons of water (that’s enough to grow more than 50 pounds of fruits & vegetables or 96 pounds of wheat) are needed.
  • It takes 16x more fossil fuels to produce a meal containing meat than it does to produce an all vegetarian one.
  • 50% of all the water consumed in the US is used for raising animals for food.
  • Animals raised for food create 89,000 lbs of poop per second, which doesn’t end up in the same waste-treatment facilities that our poop does. The result is massive amounts of ground water pollution. Nasty!

Green House Gasses:

  • Chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows are collectively the largest producers of methane gas, which is 20x  “better” at trapping heat than CO2.
  • The meat, egg and dairy industries account for 65% of the nitrous oxide emissions, which is 300x more effective at trapping heat than CO2!

So what difference will little ol’ you make by not eating meat once a week?

If you dropped one serving of chicken from your diet per week, it would save the same amount of CO2 emissions as taking 500,000 cars off the road.

You’d save more water by not eating one pound of meat than you would be not taking a shower for 6 months. (I don’t know about you, but for me that’s relieving. I LOVE me a nice, long, warm shower every now and again).

Well, little ol’ you can make a pretty big impact after all. If you’re feeling really empowered, you could even try being a weekend vegetarian. So, I’m officially extending you a challenge.

  • Start a routine.
  • Choose a (couple) day(s) of the week that work(s) best for you (maybe you want to avoid game days?).
  • Pick a few easy veggie recipes that have protein alternatives (follow us on facebook, twitter, and pinterest for some yummy, nutritious ideas).
  • And GO!

Try it for a month and see how you feel. You’ll probably feel pretty great about yourself, knowing what you now know. Your actions might be a drop in the bucket, but even a drop has a continuous ripple effect. Don’t hesitate to tell your friends and family. Maybe even extend the challenge to them.

Thanks for taking the time to read my rantings on sustainable living.

In the comment section below tell us how you feel about meatless mondays?  Would you be willing to give up 1 day of meat during the week?

About Kristen Hess

Kristen Hess is the Co-Founder of CompoKeeper LLC, a Boulder-based business that makes composting a more rewarding experience through education and well-designed products. The CompoKeeper is designed for collecting and storing valuable organic waste in the kitchen without odors, pests or mess. She loves people and nature and is passionate about promoting the harmonious wellbeing of each.

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