I Got Some Beef With The Meat Industry
(tasty homemade vegan burger patty)
After some introspection, I have decided to go somewhat plant-based (pescatarian to be exact). It's not much of a stretch for me, I have been an on-again-off-again vegetarian my whole life. I was even vegan for a few years.
To be honest, I only quit my vegan diet because of how ostracized I felt. Like I was some kind of jerk who just wanted to make everyone's life difficult by not eating animal products. It definitely didn't make me anymore popular at work, seeing as how the vegan-vegetarian restaurant scene was still pretty underground...keep in mind this was decades ago...
Anyway, I'm not looking to climb up on a soapbox and convert the world, I just want to make better ethical and environmentally sound choices for myself. I would, however, strongly recommend that everyone eat much less meat for the sake of the planet as well as your gut!
Even the humanely raised meats leave a pretty heavy carbon footprint. Think about it this way, to raise plant based foods on a plot of land requires a lot of natural resources like water and fuel. To raise meat based foods (livestock) on a plot of land, you need all of those resources to raise the animals, plus the resources to raise the feed for those animals. Environmentally, you get much less bang for your buck trying to feed a populace with critter parts.
(delicious and crispy vegan bacon)