Waterfall in the Amazon
Day 10: Between 2000 and 2005 around 10 million acres of forests were lost per year in South America, which incorporates the might Amazon forest.
The land is cleared primarily for cattle ranches and soybean plantations.
I love meat more than anyone I know pretty much. If I could, I would eat a steak every lunch and dinner. I’ve been known to frequently eat lamb chops for breakfast. Lately (as in, in the past year), it has become increasingly evident to me that I don’t feel ok with my diet.
Diet is a super personal thing, and I am not trying to impose my views on anyone at any point, but this exercise makes you reflect a fair bit and so I am recounting my year :)
I come from a rural town in New South Wales, Australia. It’s a farming and industrial town, servicing about a 300km radius. I grew up eating meat every day. I love it.
When I was about 16, I read an article in Yen Magazine about the various reasons why vegetarians don’t eat meat. Already having a deep care for the environment, when I read that one person not eating meat could reduce their carbon footprint by 1.5 tones blew my mind. From then on, I felt kinda guilty about eating so much meat. I tried to be vegetarian, but I wasn’t a huge fan of vegetables so I ended up just eating a whole lot of cereal. Needless to say, it didn’t last much longer than a week, cause I felt like crap, it was expensive and so on.
Now, i’m trying again, and doing much better. For one, now that I have moved to the city, there is much more diversity of culture so it is so much easier to be vegetarian when I have so many friends that are as well. They can help me with recipes, advice, support when I am frustrated. And it is frustrating, it is a big change! Additionally, because I am in college, I cook for myself. I would never expect that mum cook me a separate meal, so she would have to cook meat every night or dad and my brother would go bonkers. Being just me, I can eat what I want.
It’s not a drudgery! I am doing it gradually so I can be healthy as I learn different habits and so on. So far it’s working! I am not completely vegetarian and I don’t know if I ever will be, but now I eat vastly less meat and I’m going ok! I never thought i’d be able to because before I would certainly miss meat and feel disappointed in my meal. Not so much any more. It’s a mixture of developing tastes, creativity and practice.
So that’s my vego rant. I’m not going to go into the benefits of it right now because there are so many websites that already detail them much better than I can.
Feel free to send me an ask if you are going vego and want some help. It is the single most effective way for an individual to reduce their carbon footprint and the amount of environmental degradation they encourage.
No judgement! Like I said, it’s a very personal thing.