It would seem that my recent switch to a "Humane-itarian" diet (see blog post from June), has the added eco-friendly benefit of reducing my carbon footprint. While flipping through the latest issue of SELF magazine yesterday, I ran across the following blurb:
"Livestock accounts for 18 percent of the world's greenhouse-related gases, including deforestation that clears grazing land and the transportation of your steak, a United Nations agency in Rome finds. Trade beef for beans once a week to save greenhouse gases equivalent to those emitted while driving 1,160 miles a year. Craving a burger? Eat organic or local beef, which isn't shipped as far."
So I'm saving the earth when I eat vegetarian and I'm part of the solution when I choose organic meat as well? Nice. I will hereby feel virtuous the next time I eat a spinach quesadilla ...instead of furious that it's the only vegetarian offering on the menu besides a limp iceberg salad. Incidentally, does anyone know of a restaurant in the affordable price range, besides Chipotle, that serves organic, free-range, and/or grass-fed meats? (My current running spin-q total: 157 and counting).