The new report by the IPCC is an incredible opportunity for anyone trying to get people to eat fewer animal-based foods or go vegan! I have yet to see a government report that reviewed so much research into the carbon footprint of different diets. And, incredibly, what we all know to be true is going … Continue reading The UN says vegan diet is best for environment
Just what is meat? To many people, meat is the flesh of land animals -- specifically cows, pigs, chickens, goats, turkeys, lambs, and maybe a few others like duck or pheasant. To some, meat is "red" and comes from cows, maybe pigs. This assumption allows cow meat to have other names, such as steak or … Continue reading Fish is (not) a vegetarian food
It's time for a top-down approach to sustainability. A top-down approach does not assume that any improvement is a failure. It celebrates any and all progress and uses them as fuel to motivate future change. In this way, we are constantly building on our achievements and creating a positive change model.
This is the final section in my series on What is the most sustainable diet? Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 if you are interested. As we have seen, the harder we try to identify the most sustainable diet, the more complicated it gets. This isn't the type of question that can be answered … Continue reading What is the most sustainable diet?: Part 4
This is part 3 in my series asking What is the most sustainable diet? If you're interested, check out Part 1 and Part 2 in the series. To sum up the first two parts in this series: Talking about sustainability is COMPLICATED. There are a lot of different definitions of what is included in sustainability. Sustainability measurements often use … Continue reading What is the most sustainable diet?: Part 3
This is the second part in my series exploring the question: What is the most sustainable diet. Check out part 1. As I have discussed previously, sustainability is a complicated and highly contested topic. While there a wide variety of areas that can be included under sustainability, it is often primarily understood in terms of climate change and … Continue reading What is the most sustainable diet?: Part 2
The greater the threat, the greater the gap in knowledge, the more urgent and more impossible is the decision. Just where ARE the animals we are eating? Sure, I see a handful of sheep or cows while riding the train through the British countryside, but these represent a minuscule proportion of the 100 billion animals … Continue reading Eating Animals: A Risky Business
Our societal attachment to meat is deep: so deep that ONE study (falsely) claiming lettuce is worse for the environment than bacon is going viral. What is so fascinating is that dozens of peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated the exact opposite: that animal foods are not only bad for the environment, their consumption is one of the main accelerators … Continue reading Lettuce or bacon? You decide.
It may come as a surprise to most people that the European Union (EU) has been openly discussing the potential benefits of reducing animal food consumption for nearly two decades. In fact, in 1998 they described reducing consumption as ‘arguably‘ the best way to address the environmental problems caused by animal food production . As they … Continue reading Something Needs to Change