Food for thought

A study by the Environmental Working Group found that our consumption of meat and dairy (billions of pounds a year) takes a toll on the environment, the climate and our own health.

Producing this meat and dairy (including cheese) requires huge amounts of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fuel, feed and water. It generates greenhouse gases that is impacting climate change. And we all know about the health risks associated with too much meat and dairy.

But not all meat and dairy is the same.

Meat, eggs and dairy that are organic, humane and/or grass-fed are generally the least environmentally damaging.

But it’s still a good idea to cut back on our consumption of these products.

Here’s a statistic for you – if everyone in the United States refrained from eating meat and cheese one day a week, it would be the same as taking 7.6 million cars off the road.

Wow! And what if we decided to do a car-free day one day a week?

Jan

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