I was a vegetarian for many years, and I know it takes commitment. Since I fell off the wagon several years ago (when I was pregnant), I’ve tried to limit my meat intake and stick to organic, humanely raised beef, chicken and pork. And just for this month, I’m doing my best to abstain.
Book publishing company Chelsea Green and Los Angeles conscious living website yourdailythread.com have teamed up to create the Meatless in May pledge. Both companies are committed to eating vegetarian meals throughout the month. The Meatless in May project aims to raise awareness about the number of carbon emissions associated with raising livestock. The campaign stresses that eliminating meat from your diet keeps 5,000 pounds of carbon emissions out of the atmosphere each year—a number startling enough to get even the most casual environmentalist to notice.
Colorful vegetables add important vitamins and nutrients to your diet. Photo By Computix/Courtesy Flickr
The combined efforts of the two media teams, along with supporters on Facebook, will help spread the message about the benefits of going vegetarian. The two websites say that raising livestock amounts to 18 percent of greenhouse gases. That number is higher than the percentage of greenhouse gasses attributed to automobile emissions worldwide.
Going vegetarian isn’t as difficult as some might think. Soybean-based products such as tofu dogs and soy-based energy bars make it easy to get enough protein in your diet.
Try these recipes to get started with a meat-free month:
• Vegetarian spring menu: grilled scallions and asparagus; risotto primavera with snow peas and fennel; beet and arugula salad with lemon dill vinaigrette; homemade strawberry shortcakes
• Tomato brown rice paella with peas and cheddar
• Honey-gingered carrots
• Tuscan white bean soup