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First things first: I wish you a Happy New Year! May your dreams come true, and may you fulfill … your New Year resolutions!
Yep, many people once again have resolved to lose weight (I´m one of them), and some of them will abandon this idea in the course of this month (I’ll let you know).
But why is it so hard for us to lose weight? I believe that it doesn’t have to be. Minor changes to our lifestyle can make a big impact on our health… and the environment. How? By eating less meat! It’s a fact that many heart diseases come from ‘overdoses’ of meat and fat. If you are a daily consumer of meat, here’s the deal: you choose just one day of the week in which you won’t eat any meat at all. Cut down on meat and you will soon feel much better.
Many people are unaware of the environmental effects of food production. If you need to eat meat and you choose chicken over beef or pork, you contribute to a decrease of CO2 emissions. A 2012 report by WWF revealed that if each German (there are about 82 million) ate one less hamburger a week, the reduced consumption would save the equivalent of emissions produced by driving 75 billion kilometres by car.
That’s feasible, right? And if you need that little extra bit of motivation, check out http://www.meatlessmonday.com/. The website explains why Monday is a good idea to forget about meat, gives you some nice meatless recipes and provides a list of famous people following the Meatless Monday idea. I think it’s easier for us to stick to a plan if we know that there are many people out there doing the very same thing at the same time.
Other initiatives have a similar approach to help you stay away from meat at least once a week. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published a ‘Meat Eaters Guide to Climate Change and Health’ http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/to assist us along the way. When was the last time you have eaten other tasty dishes, like salmon or lentils? Or tofu (Just kidding).
Go to ‘What we found’ at the bottom of the page and you will find a wonderful graph, illustrating the carbon footprint of our food.
As you see, a minor change in eating habits can have a great effect on you and our planet. It’s that simple. And here’s a money-saving tip for you: Only buy what you are really going to eat. Food waste is a huge problem in the developed world, and also contributes to climate change.
The European Commission has set up a list of reasons why Europeans waste food , together with statistics and suggestions. It’s easy to be sustainable every day.
I’d like to invite you to come up with more ideas on how a change of our behavior and eating habits can help the environment. Feel free to comment on this blog!