In celebration of Earth Day today, we had the honor of providing lunch at my daughters school for 80 hungry middle school students. I was especially excited to do this. I became a vegetarian 35 years ago in hopes of doing my share of saving the planet. I was initially challenged by a 3rd grader, a daughter of a friend who had just moved to Virginia from California. This little girl challenged me to not eat meat for a few weeks and research the impact carnivorous eating habits has on the environment. Once I started reading up on this, I realized that not eating meat and not using energy to make all my meals can make a difference.
Buying local, using fresh and not processed or can ingredients is not only better for me and my family but it is also better for our planet. I can go on and on about this subject but I will spare you and just share with you what I shared with the school.
Did you know if everyone in the U.S. ate meatless one day a week, it would be the environmental equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles. Why not take it a step further and try eating vegan once a week. If every family in the United States vetoed meat and cheese just one day a week, it would create the environmental benefits of taking the family car off of the road for five full weeks.
So we challenge you to try eating vegetarian for a day or so this week, and perhaps if you are not a kind of person that enjoys salads, try ours as we love to prepare salads with various ingredients other than lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Give it a try, you might like it :)