Eat Well and Save the World

by: Heather on 06/12/2008
Posted in: Food

Mark Bittman is the food columnist for New York Times and the author of How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, which is the cookbook which currently gets the most food stains on it in my kitchen - a testament to how incredibly useful it is. Although Mr. Bittman is not actually a vegetarian, he has an excellent grasp of how meat consumption, peak oil and climate change are inextricably linked, and he frequently advocates for North Americans to reduce the amount of animal protein in their diet. (Full disclosure - I am a giant Mark Bittman fangirl and read his blog every day).

In yesterday's column Mark links to a painstakingly researched chart compiled by Dutch activist Niko Koffeman which details the impact the Americans could have if they abstained from meat, one, two, or more days each week. These figures are truly astonishing.

If you are thinking of reducing the amount of meat in your diet, then Laura Matthias' ExtraVeganZa is a fabulous source of ideas and inspiration. Two of my favorite recipes are her lentil, lime, cashew and cocunut curry and her chili mole. Mmmm.... Is it lunchtime yet?

We'd love to hear your ideas about this topic. Have you made any changes to your diet in response to economics, climate change or food security issues? Tell us about it in the comments below.





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