Eating excessive amounts of meat may be easy and tasty, but it is not efficient, sustainable, nutritionally necessary, or good for human health.
“If 22 bushels (1,300 pounds) of rice and 22 bushels of winter grain are harvested from a quarter acre field, then the field will support five to ten people each investing an average of less than one hour of labour per day.
But if the field were turned over to pasturage, or if the grain were fed to cattle, only one person could be supported per quarter acre.
Meat becomes a luxury food when its production requires land which could provide food directly for human consumption. This has been shown clearly and definitely.
Each person should ponder seriously how much hardship they are causing by indulging in food so expensively produced.”- Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
And yet global meat consumption is increasing.
But where do you get your protein if you are eating less meat? There are many tasty alternatives including yummy vegetables like broccoli, kale, spinach and edamame.
Eating less meat is healthier, and it frees up land and food that will be available to feed people directly instead of feeding animals to be used to feed people. Reducing meat consumption will also help expand your home cookery into new and tasty places.
Here's to more meatless meals, and better personal and environmental health.