Wow, time is flying and I've just realised I haven't blogged about the 'Sustainable Me Challenge' for a while!
October's challenge was to eat less meat! Kiwi's love meat, we are ranked 11th per capita for meat consumption. We eat on average 106kgs per year. And the problem? The problem is that high levels of meat consumption impacts both our environment and our health.
Large-scale farming produces a huge amount of emissions, contributing significantly to global warming. Runoff from animal waste enters soils, groundwater and rivers. Farming requires a lot of water use, apparently it takes 15,500 litres of water to produce just 1kg of beef! Wow! There is also an association between meat consumption and health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer.
Here's What The Challenge Suggests:
Join the Meat Free Monday campaign by eating vegetarian one day per week.
Step it up:
Give up meat 3 or 4 days per week.
Try going fully vegetarian, mmm not sure how well that will go down in our house!
I think that if we can just be more conscious about how much meat we are eating, cut down on its consumption each meal and have at least 1 meatless meal a week it will make a different!
See the OSOF website to read more tips