I'd like to commend Stewart David on his recent commentary ["Greenwashed," July 1 Xpress] for exposing a meat-based diet for what it is: unsustainable, inefficient and potentially harmful for human, animal and planetary health.
With all of the information available these days about reducing our carbon footprint, I would hope that people, even of the most carnivorous varieties, would find some convincing reasons for at least cutting down on the amount of meat they eat. That's right, we're not talking "cutting out," but merely "cutting down." Is that really asking so much?
David cites several respectable research studies to support his suggestion that we "shift toward a plant-based diet." Education is key. If "health" is their real concern, our local natural-foods stores and grocers should play a part in that education. Perhaps when the next opportunity for advertising holiday food presents itself (and there's never a shortage of holidays connected to eating in this country), our green grocers could promote some meat alternatives instead of promoting meat exclusively as they did in their 4th of July week Xpress advertising. (Ironic, given David's piece in the same issue.)
It doesn't take much investigation to find a whole host of meat alternatives easily available at our local co-ops and natural-foods grocers. I suggest people brave up and try some sometime — decreasing meat consumption can actually be painless and tasty! And in doing so, not only are we improving the synapses in our brains by thinking outside the carnivorous box come mealtime, but we're also helping animals, ourselves and the planet when we make this simple adjustment to our diets.
— Virginia Bower