Why do people choose to be vegetarians? Well I cannot answer for everyone but here is why I chose to be a vegetarian.
When working in conservation, you learn a lot about how you impact the environment. It scares me sometimes, especially when I am trying to save the world here. One year ago I became a vegetarian while living in another country. At first I did not think I would continue when moving back to the states, but alas, I am still one.
Here is my reason.
Am I against eating meat? No. I love certain kinds of meat. However when you research our meat industry it is scary. The mass production of meat allows for consuming chemicals you shouldn’t, cruelty to animals, and impacts climate change. It is not sustainable and wasteful.
To keep up with high demand, industries consistently pollute and waste land and water. Also you do not need it for your main source of protein. That is a myth.
Health is another important reason. Research shows that animals are given medications to stay healthy. Those medications are then consumed by you, which down the line could encourage diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and obesity. Granted, meat is only a factor of these illnesses but is the a major contributor.
Lab Grown Meat
More companies are turning towards making their own meat in labs saving gas emissions, animal welfare, and overfishing.
In San Francisco, Finless Food is a companty who is focusing on fish being lab grown. It is still developing but it is a chance to help the environment. If you are worried that these companies would put chemicals in your food then do not look at what you already eat. Just saying. The people creating this are conservationists/environmentalists who want to stop that from happening.
What is Your But?
It is so good. I will never give it up. Humans are supposed to eat meat… I am not trying to convince you to stop eating meat. Just limit it and look for places that sell better quality, more sustainable meat. Try not to support the mass produced meat.
So what is the answer? Sign me up for lab grown meat! Otherwise when buying it check out local ranches and places that raise their own resources. Not only is it less risky, but also better for the environment. Farmers markets are a great place to start.
For other ways to be more green in your kitchen, click here for my previous post.
If you want more details, look at these sites. WARNING graphic photos *
Huffington Post-animal cruelty**