How to Reduce Your Carbon and Save Money: Become a Vegetarian.





Introduction: How to Reduce Your Carbon and Save Money: Become a Vegetarian.

I would love to drive an electric car. I would love to install solar panels on my roof. But like many people I just can't afford to. A simple easy way to be good to the environment is to stop eating meat. (Or at least cut down on your meat consumption)

A recent study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations produced startling findings: The animals' burps, the nitrous oxide gases from their decomposing manure and other factors, including the energy needed to store and transport meat, were responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions - more than the entire transportation sector.

Here are some simple things you can do to reduce your meat intake.

Step 1: You Don't Have to Eat Tofu.

To start eating less meat, think about the things you like to eat that don't have meat in them, or things where the meat is not important.
Think Italian: spaghetti with red sauce, lasagna, pizza. Try vegetarian chilli instead of regular chilli. Burritos with just beans, and veggies.
Incorperating meatless meals that you already enjoy is a good start.
If you're worried about not getting enough protein with your pasta, try the protein pasta from Barilla, if comes in the yellow box. It's made with chick pea flour, and it's really good.

If you're brave you can venture onto simple substitutions. Soy milk tastes just like regular milk when you bake with it. Veggie burgers are really yummy. They don't taste like meat, they just taste good. There are all sorts of frozen meat substitutes. Some are really good, some are gross, but it's a matter of taste. Try putting soy crumbles instead of ground meat in your pasta sauce or tacos. Overcooking the soy products makes them BAD. Just warm them up.

It took me years before I started eating tofu on a regular basis. A good way to start eating it is ordering tofu meals from a chinese restaurant, they're pros at making tofu tasty. There are quite a few instructables on making your own baked tofu, which is really delicious. It has a firm texture and a lot of flavor.

Step 2: Beans, Beans the Musical Fruit.

Beans are really good for you and really cheap. They are our main staple in the winter, when there are not many fresh fruits and veggies to eat. Just follow the directions on the bag. Usually you soak them in water overnight. Cook them with a lot of garlic, and yum yum, enjoy.

Quinoa is another great source of protein. It is a grain, you cook it like rice. It is a perfect protein, meaning it contains the correct balance of amino acids, which's really good for you.

Start trying different combinations of grains, beans and veggies. They are really tasty and satisfying.

A note on farting:
Switching to eating a lot of bean and veggies can, well.. make you fart.
Make sure you drink lots of water, chew your food thoroughly, and in a few days your body will be used to it. Beano helps too.

Step 3: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Growing your own veggies is a lot of fun. You always have fresh produce on hand. If you can't grow stuff yourself, consider joining a CSA. (community supported agriculture) They are all over the place and a good source of vegetables. You go to your pickup site, and get a box of veggies to take home. You usually don't get to pick what kind of vegetables you get. This is a good way to force yourself to eat all kinds of fresh veggies that you might never think to buy, or aren't even available at the grocery store. Plus you have to eat them before you get more the next week.

Step 4: Don't Have a Cow, Man.

Every bite of meat you don't eat is a step in the right direction.
If everybody has one meatless day a week, that would make a big difference.
Go ahead and drive your Hummer, just order a salad.

There are LOTS of instructables for all sorts of meatless meals. Check them out.

I've been a vegetarain for 8 years, and I hope to encourage more people to eat less meat.

Thanks for reading!!!



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    Hemp seeds are phenomenal !

    My doctor advised me to cut back on animal fats and I have by trying tofu and eating more veggies and whole grains, nuts, dairy products, and of course, seafood. I can't eat meat continuously anymore since I have tried and succeeded with my tofu "lasagne". Also, I eat more fresh summer vegetables and started making simple homemade soups and stews. I won't eat hamburger anymore because it's tasteless and expensive. So I order expensive eye round and only eat it every once in a while. I'll eat anything that tastes good so iI don't have to depend on animal fats anymore. My downfall is mayonnaise and cheese.

    You can easily make a mayo substitute with mayonaise. I will be posting an instructable about how to make it in a couple days, but basically you just blend tofu, garlic, brewers yeast, salt, pepper, onion powder up with a little soy milk and voila. Tastes really good on sandwiches.

    Ok, let's suppose that everyone became vegetarian. What would happen to the millions of farm animals which would be rendered comercially useless and therefore (financially) worthless? 1) Farmers wouldn't pay for veterinary treatment because they wouldn't have any financial incentive to do so. Animals would be left to suffer because of this. 2) (In the case of veganism) we'd either have to continue to milk cows but throw it away (wasteful), or allow them to have calves (to suckle the milk) in which case their population would increase exponentially, thereby creating more 'greenhouse gases'. Unless you cull them to control their numbers, in which case you may as well eat them... 3) If we continued to consume milk from cows (but not their meat), they'd still need land to graze on, but... 4) would also have to use the fields previously used for grazing cattle to grow vegetables (because of the huge increase in demand) - so where would the cows/other livestock go? To run wild and free? Personally, I don't fancy having a cow crash through the windshield because it ran out onto the road... Nice idea but the whole thing seems like Catch-22.

    well, I don't expect everyone to stop eating meat all on the same day. hopefully it would be a gradual decrease in the demand for livestock, and gradually over time farms would switch hfrom growing meat, to growing plants.

    Fair enough, but that would still leave the problem of what would happen to the few remaining animals. Farmers would still be reluctant to graze cattle on valuable crop growing land (especially since the profit margin on vegetables in smaller than on livestock). So you'd still end up with livestock being released into the wild, where they'd breed (and even though it would take a while) you'd end up with even more cattle. Just look at how many bison there were in the United States before people began hunting them en masse in the 19th Century.

    Also, if there were fewer cows there'd be less milk. Less milk = less cheese. Fewer chickens = less eggs. Less of anything means higher prices. So basically, only the rich could be vegetarian (they'd be the only ones able to afford milk, cheese and eggs) and the poor would be forced to be vegan.

    I think it's a good idea in principle, but I just don't think it's practical.

    I agree with louie_gee_gee.
    Also, veggie burgers do not taste good they taste terrible. That's an opinion.
    It doesn't make a difference at the end of the day, if you eat plants or eat both plants and meat. Your body breaks every it all down into what it needs. So whether it ends up being protein, carbon, etc the body doesn't care. True breaking down meat can take longer but our bodies have evolved to naturally be omnivores, regardless. It's fine if you choose to change your diet but if you eat more meat or more vegetarian/vegan you will still lack something from the other side and have to make up for it in your current diet. This is why our bodies were designed to simply eat both.
    Most people in society who eat both unfortunately tend to eat more meat than veggies and fruit, and that's really where the problem is. It's not that they're eating meat it's that there's too much meat in some of their diets. If you have someone eat the completely correct amount of all kinds of foods they will likely be a happy, healthy human.
    So do I think we should lessen the meat we have in our diet? Sure. Just like I think we should lessen our dependency on oil. But do I think we should go vegetarian or some variation? Heck no. I think people just need to be more aware of what they are putting in their bodies and how much portions of each they're intaking.

    Is it just me, or does this argument sound a awful lot like the
    Parable of the Broken Window?

    i think veganism leans more toward protesting the exploitation/cruelty to animals

    Soy milk and do away with all the animals.  I'm not saying I agree with any of this.  In fact I am going to eat a big steak for lunch.  But soy is the valid answer.