I'm sure you've heard a lot about how going vegetarian or vegan can be better for your own personal health. But did you know that reducing the amount of meat in your diet can also have a positive impact on the environment? While there's a lot of myth about NEEDING meat, a lot of people don't know that you can get protein from so many other sources! And by cutting back on meat you are directly improving your health. The research speaks volumes, a diet heavy in meat increases the risk for obesity, cancer, and heart disease.
Meat also makes the planet sick. Livestock centers raises more carbon emissions as cars and trucks combined. For perspective, "If everyone in the country did go vegetarian, cutting meat out completely and replacing it with plant proteins of the same nutritional value, we’d save 330 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year."
But, you don't have to completely cut it out! Actually, it isn't a good idea to drastically change your diet that fast. A slow transition to a meatless or a less meat lifestyle is the safest. Start by researching some vegan/vegetarian recipes and slowly integrate them into your meal plans! You can also check out the various vegan and vegetarian restaurants here in Columbus! Some of our favorite are:
-The Angry Baker