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Eco-Challenge: Move beyond beef

 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Two sisters smile broadly in their kitchen. One is holding open a pizza box with a vegetarian pizza
Sisters Jean Larm and Patty Chang get ready to enjoy a hearty vegetarian pizza. “[We] don’t even miss the meat,” said Sister Patty.

As part of our commitment to Earth via our Laudato Si’ Action Plan, we are inviting everyone who shares in our charism to take a monthly Eco-Challenge with us.

Evaluate your red meat intake

In January, ask yourself: How might altering my red meat meal choices lead to improving the environment?

Begin this challenge by examining the diagram below with 12 reasons to cut back on eating beef, then choose from the activities below or come up with another action of your own.

Outline of a cow with 12 reasons to cur back on beef listed like a diagram of butcher's cuts
Illustration by Donna Gibbs, CSJ

12 Reasons to cut back on eating beef

  • Insulate factory farm workers from unjust conditions
  • Conserve the rainforests; reduce deforestation
  • Protect water purity
  • Reduce methane emissions
  • Stop desertification
  • Avoid water waste
  • Stop starvation with more grain crops
  • Protect and increase biodiversity
  • Curtail antibiotic resistance
  • Decrease soil degradation
  • Protect irreplaceable ecosystems
  • Lower greenhouse gas emissions

Take the Eco-Challenge

Which actions can you take to reduce your consumption of red meat?

Spread the word

  • Leave a comment about how you’re taking the challenge below.
  • Invite others to take the January Eco-Challenge by sharing our post on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.

3 thoughts on “Eco-Challenge: Move beyond beef”

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    I have been cutting beef out of my diet for awhile. I have been trying to buy chicken and pork at the Farmers Market instead of in the grocery store. At the Farmers Market I can discuss the way the animals are raised and “harvested” with the farmer. I really don’t want to continue to eat at the expense of the violence done to Earth and animals.
    I need to learn to make more recipies based on lentils and beans. Thanks for the recipies that are included in this month’s challange!

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    Sr. Mary Joyce Bringer

    I don’t eat that much beef. I will try to eat more fish and salads during the month.
    My preference in meat is chicken and turkey.

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