A meat-eater's diet causes about 52% more greenhouse gas emissions than that of a vegetarian
and up to 102% more
than a vegan.
2014 UK Study
#1 Plant-Based Diet
A Plant-Rich Diet is #4 of Project Drawdown's 100 solutions to reverse global warming.
If you’re a big meat eater you could start with Meatless Mondays or go for free range white meat only as your first step, it will help our planet and (recommended by WHO) your health too as we all eat too much red meat! We are also meant to eat meat only three times a week for our health and stop eating processed meat as its carcinogenic!
I (Michelle) went vegetarian 26 years ago and it wasn’t as easy as now. There are heaps of alternative plant-based meats available at our supermarkets. I love the vege patties and sausages so I can still join in a BBQ. Kiwi company has created chicken from pea protein – it needs added flavour just like meat chicken.
There are also a multitude of yummy vegetarian and vegan recipes online with plenty that are quick and easy. I left the whole soak the beans overnight years ago and just go for cans. Though I do make my hummus from scratch. It’s all about finding what works for you.
Try eating vegetarian at cafés and restaurants to work out what you like. Thankfully every food place now have vegetarian choices. When you have a BBQ add some vege kebabs, grill courgettes and eggplant. It opens up a whole new world of beautiful food.
My dad went from calling my vegetarian diet ‘rabbit food’ to pretty much eating vegetarian four or more nights a week. He doesn’t even think about it now – its just a nice meal (thanks to my mum’s great cooking and his own vege patch).
Some local Vegetarian restaurants - The Lotus Heart Welcome Cafe, Water Drop Vegetarian Cafe, Dux Dine
Other ideas- Food Bags, Fruit & Vege Delivery Boxes, buy sustainable fish...
Could you have one more meatless meal a week?
The average Kiwi eats 40kg
of meat per year!
#noexcuses 2021 OECD Data
Consumption of meat and dairy, as well as overall calories, often exceeds nutritional recommendations. Paring down and favoring plant-based foods reduces demand, thereby reducing land clearing, fertilizer use, burping cattle, and greenhouse gas emissions.
The meat-centric Western diet on the rise globally. That diet comes with a steep climate price tag: one-fifth of global emissions. If cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
Plant-rich diets reduce emissions and also tend to be healthier, leading to lower rates of chronic disease. According to a 2016 study, business-as-usual emissions could be reduced by as much as 70 percent through adopting a vegan diet and 63 percent for a vegetarian diet, which includes cheese, milk, and eggs. $1 trillion in annual health-care costs and lost productivity would be saved.
If 50–75 percent of the world’s population restricts their diet to a healthy average 2,250 calories per day and reduces meat consumption overall, we estimate at least 43–68 gigatons of emissions could be avoided from dietary change alone. If avoided deforestation from land use change is included, an additional 21.8–23.5 gigatons of emissions could be avoided, making healthy, plant-rich diets one of the most impactful solutions at a total of 64.8–91.5 gigatons avoided.