Despite the smear campaigns by those who have a lot to lose, the public is finally beginning to realize the scientists’ diagnosis is right: global warming is real and mankind is to blame. Surprisingly enough, there may be some unlikely treatments to at least stop some of the disease from spreading. It’s old news that meat production causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the cars, planes and trains in the world combined. One small thing that consumers can directly control is how much demand there is for the livestock industry’s growth.
Eating vegetarian meals just once a day, or even one day out of the week, can do a lot in the way of stopping climate change. The best way to reduce the impact is to grow our own vegetables to fill our fridges, to stop relying on imported goods with huge carbon emissions, and to buy local when we can.
Growing veggies for dummies
Plan what to plant by thinking about how much of each to vegetable you eat and realize that some plants like tomatoes keep producing throughout most of the summer. Find a place with full sun – only some plants will want partial shade. Make sure you have the supplies for organic vegetable gardening and the seeds you want to sow and then begin planting, either indoors or outdoors after the frost danger has past.
Even those without a yard can still garden by using a few containers and vertical supports for their patios. Snap peas, pole beans and cucumbers can all be grown with vertical supports. Add a tomato in a large container to the corner of the patio with a plant cage around it.
Getting a compost pile started is easier than most people think, and it’s a good way to ensure your soil stays fertile and retains water. Growing vegetables to support a vegetarian diet is also not as hard as it sounds. Yes, one still may need to buy some grains, beans or other food every once in a while, or during the harsh winter months, but keeping a garden when you can will lesson our reliance on the livestock industry
Local foods for dummies
Knowing what is in season is the first step to buying local produce. Planning a monthly menu around which fruits and vegetables are in season in a given month will help put you in the right frame of mind to shop locally. Take your grocery lists to the local farmer’s market – don’t just go to your nearest supercenter and delude yourself that the produce is local because it is in season. You can also find out where and when a local farmer’s market will be by searching a zip code here.
It might sound silly at first to think that you can save the world by growing your own veggies or by shopping locally, but it can make a big impact. Get a garden going, eat more veggies than meat, and buy local. You too can make a difference!