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.
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?
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!
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.
I eat very little meat.
I eat fish, chicken and turkey,
Brown rice and daily salad.