That’s right, I have decided to go without eating meat in May. I first heard about the campaign from Elizabeth, and she encouraged me to give this a try. But I’ve been thinking more about food choices ever since I saw Food, Inc. and read Omnivores Dilemma. I believe that a mostly plant based diet is good for both my health and the environment, although I am not ethically opposed to eating meat.
The movies and books have made it clear that the American food system does not operate in a manner which is kind to the environment, and many of the products may compromise our health. But despite my good intentions to make more conscious choices, I have not made any real changes in my food habits. I still buy and eat meat which has been produced in factory farms and I still choose conventional produce over organic most of the time. I’ve bought items from a few local farms over the years, but not nearly enough.
My purpose in eating vegetarian throughout May is to raise my personal awareness of how often I would normally choose to eat meat, and what alternatives are available. I will not be eating beef, pork, chicken, or fish. However, I will be eating both eggs and dairy products this month, which makes this goal achievable for me.
Each Friday in May, I’ll provide a recap of the week. I will let you know how the challenge is going and any issues I have overcome. My blog has always featured many plant based recipes, and there will be many more next month!