Good Morning, Kittens.
Eleven years ago today, I became a(n ovo-lacto) vegetarian. I had recently finished my first semester in graduate school in an international environmental policy program. During the semester, one of the books we read was Peter Singer's Animal Liberation. Although I understood the animal cruelty argument, what truly resonated with me was how environmentally damaging the raising of animals for food is.
The more I thought about it, the more I came to realize that, if I wanted a career in an environmental field, I would need to make some serious changes to my life and habits. How could I try to convince other people to work to improve the environment, if I couldn't make those changes myself?
So, I resolved that I would become a vegetarian ... right after my Millennial Trip to Beijing (aka Land of Delicious Meats). While in Beijing, I gorged on many, many yummy meaty foods - duck, lamb, pig. Nom Nom Nom. On the flight back to the United States, I requested all vegetarian meals ... and I haven't eaten meat since (well, ok. I have had a shrimp or two. And if meat is hidden in a food I eat and I don't know it (i.e. used in broth), I give myself a pass. These things happen).
So. 11 years. Yay me.
As I was thinking about this, I wondered how much meat *haven't* I eaten. After doing some (very) cursory internet research. It looks like Americans eat about 11 ounces of meat per day. That seems like a lot. And I don't really eat breakfast. Maybe I would eat about 8 ounces of meat per day?
That's 2920 ounces of meat per year.
Thus, in eleven years I haven't eaten 32120 ounces of meat.
Which is approximately 2008 pounds of meat.
Which is just over a ton.
And what weighs a ton?
And a steer produces about 715 lbs of meat.
So, really, I haven't eaten 3 cows.
Isn't that sweet?
Have a great day! My weekend update will be posted tomorrow.