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Happy happy Pride Month to all our LGBTQ+ friends! Send me anything you want me to share/amplify on socials - after all, this is your Soapbox. 🏳️🌈
Now, a confession. (I feel like I keep confessing stuff on here; maybe I should start sending on Sundays.)
I've been too scared to cover one of the most important individual-related environmental topics: meat.
But I need to give it to you straight. Meat eating as we know it IS straight up bad for the environment. Buuuut, and this is a BIG BUTT 🍑, this month's Changeletter is about navigating our way to more earth-friendly diets and unpacking WHY meat eating contributes to climate change. It's not about shame or judgment — as always, we're here because we're all doing our best.
Good news: our ACT module will include delicious recipes to support you taking baby (or big) steps towards sustainable eating. Let's get prepped for BBQ szn! 😋
This week's READ module might be the best article I've ever found for this type of thing (mostly because it's interactive and I like playing around with pretty screens). It's Carbon Brief's overview of the climate impact of eating meat and dairy.
Some takeaways are below, and I want to start with this graph. You can click the image to see the full thing; this is a snippet of the top that charts food and its emissions.
This video explains beef's impact really well and answered a bunch of questions I had after writing last week's READ module.
As always, I've included some key takeaways below but this video is only 4 min, so please please watch it, especially if you're trying to cut out meat but don't know where/how to start without giving up your fave foods.
It's also a great conversation starter, in my opinion!
Why beef is the worst food for the climate
At the end of the video, you see that just cutting out beef makes a huge environmental impact, and we'll get into this more in next week's ACT model with some tasty recipes.
In the meantime, you can 🐄 ruminate 🐄 on this vid, act smart by throwing around "enteric fermentation" in casual conversation, and tell us if you have any fave plant-based recipes or food blogs.
Basically, all you have to do this month is: CUT OUT BEEF!
The goal is to shift to low-emissions food that makes us feel good. Of course, there is SO much nuance when we talk about food and we have to find what works for us + create structural change. I hope this is a good starting point:
I have to admit that it was HARD to choose just one article to share in this REFLECT module.
The winner is from PBS: In Nicaragua, supplying beef comes at a high human cost.
This 8-min video and its accompanying transcript were WILD, y'all. I shouldn't be surprised anymore after learning about how extractive capitalism is, but yet again, I'm shocked.
For the past three weeks, we've focused on the environmental impact of meat and how beef is THE WORST in terms of emissions. If you're not convinced, maybe this will do it. I wouldn't want to eat Blood Diamond-style beef. Also, it's pretty gross and shady to me that we just have no idea where our beef comes from, and how it's not really regulated.
Anyway, If you want to dive deeper, here's a thorough article from Mongabay News on the beef-related human rights and deforestation situation in Nicaragua.
And if you're feeling bogged down by today's reflection, cook yourself a nice plant-based treat from the Minimalist Baker (thanks Eduarda for the rec).