Last month, Center for Food Safety (CFS) launched a new report and website for consumers seeking to disrupt the intensive confinement model of food animal production. With sections including “Ten Reasons to Opt Out,” and “How to Opt Out of Industrial Meat,” EndIndustrialMeat.org outlines the “why’s” and “how’s” of keeping factory-raised meat and poultry off your plate.
Add a bullet point for surface and ground water pollution caused by dense concentrations of livestock, especially poultry and hogs. While the everyday water problems caused by these meat factories are bad enough, unusual circumstances and natural disasters greatly exacerbate these problems as we have witnessed this month in North Carolina.
Yeah, eating foods that are shipped by fossil-fueled means from as far away as Bolivia (quinoa) will really lower your carbon footprint.
Same with a lot of certified organic stuff. Regarding produce, if the choice is from you local region but not certified-organic, or organic from the other side of the country, Mexico, Europe (in winter organic bell peppers in my area come, presumably by airplane, from greenhouses in the Netherlands for some reason), or god-forbid, Israel, then go local non-organic, or do without fresh produce in winter like they did in the old days - buy canned or take up home-canning.
And no, going vegan is still not going to begin to offset driving a car every day.
Buying local and buying bulk will also reduce packaging waste.
And of course, raise your own if you can. Some people do patio pot gardening.