There’s no denying that the way we produce, consume and dispose our food has had a significant impact on climate change and rising global temperatures. And whilst other factors like burning fossil fuels and deforestation play a huge part in warming our planet, a major component comes down to our unsustainable global meat consumption.
And whilst many people have made the conscious move to a plant-based diet, you don’t have to become a vegetarian to make a difference.
At Munch Crunch Organics, our ethos has always been to ‘Eat Best, Eat Less‘. As with most things in life, knowledge is power and moderation is key, and we believe these principles apply to the food we decide to eat too.
So what can you do to help?
From checking packaging to supporting ethical producers, here are some ways you can work towards a more environmentally-friendly plate:
Cut Down Consumption
Whilst there are many debates around exact facts and figures, there’s no denying that eating less industrially farmed meat is one of the most effective ways in which you can make a difference. And with the average Aussie adult consuming 110kg of meat a year, there is definitely room to reduce without feeling hard done by.
Instead of packing poor-quality, processed meat into every meal of the day, give some thought to your meals for the week and shop for select meat cuts that are sourced on a less wasteful ‘Tip to Tail‘ basis. Visit your local butcher and get to know more about different animals (like game) and their cuts, and you could actually end up saving a buck too!
Change Your Mindset
Taking the time to prepare and enjoy eating your meat, rather than grabbing a Maccas on the way home, helps you to appreciate the time and resources that went in to producing your food. Treating meat as a luxury rather than a necessity will help change your shopping habits and understand why Certified Organic meat from smaller scale farms is usually more expensive.
For those concerned about getting enough protein in their diet, you can still reach hit your RDA (which is usually lower than your local gym may portray…) by combining smaller portions of higher quality meat with plenty of plant-based foods.
Buy Pasture-Raised Meats
There is a big difference between pasture-raised meat and industrially produced meat. Pasture-raised animals spend their time eating vegetation, unconfined and able to express their natural behaviours. Animals raised in an industrial system are kept in barns, cages and lots, which are often inhumane and have disastrous effects on soil, water and the climate.
Farmers who produce pasture-raised meat can use field, livestock and waste management techniques that reduce the emissions that come from animals’ manure. In fact, it’s even possible for well-pastured beef to “sequester” a significant proportion of carbon produced on the farm, making a negative carbon benefit possible.
Overuse of antibiotics in farm animals is a key driver of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are not only used to treat sick animals but also used in meat production to promote growth in otherwise-healthy animals by giving them sub-therapeutic doses. This has contributed to the growth of antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli, which have caused difficult-to-treat human infections. Worse still, these antibiotics are also released into the environment and leach into soil or drinking water.
Choose For The Animals
Many animals live in intensive farming systems, designed to create maximum output possible for the largest profits. Sadly, this means animal welfare isn’t usually the top priority, with such animals often bread to be larger than average, with more muscle, whilst living in cramped conditions.
One myth is that factory farming saves space. On the surface it looks plausible, because, by taking farm animals off the land and cramming them into cages and confinement you are putting an awful lot of animals into a small space. But what is also overlooked in that equation is you are then having to dedicate vast acreages of relatively scarce arable land to growing the feed.
Support Environmentally Friendly Farmers
Investing in farmers who practice regenerative agriculture, and generally operate with a focus on the environment and our future in mind, means you are supporting the people at the forefront of our future food supplies.
Take some time to do your research and choose meat from smaller scale, higher standard producers who benefit more from your money and support. Shop locally where possible and if in doubt, look out for the Certified Organic ‘BUD’ logo on packaging. All Certified Organic producers must adhere to strict standards that protect the environment and ensure animal welfare is an absolute priority.
Ready to start taking steps towards a more sustainable way of eating? Then why not try one of our ethically sourced, 100% Certified Organic Sustainable Meat Packs today! Enjoy great-tasting, high quality select cuts that benefit you, your local farmers, and Mother Nature.