I don't believe that meat is inherently unhealthy when it comes from animals who ate their natural diet, were raised on pasture, and never exposed to pesticides, antibiotics, or hormones.
But I recognize that grass-fed and pasture-raised meats and animal products are expensive and not always widely available.
And I believe that everyone can benefit from eating a plant-based diet. We no doubt need protein (ideally at each meal) but there are many good meatless choices:
If everyone in the US skipped eating meat just one day a week, the Environmental Working Group estimates that the reduction in carbon emissions would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
So I urge all omnivores to go meatless on Mondays. Follow this link to sign EWG's pledge.
Need dinner ideas? Try these meat-free dishes:
Or look for inspiration at your local farmer's market.
This summer in New York City, there are 66 farmers' markets across the five boroughs, including Youthmarket Farm Stands. Almost all markets accept EBT/Food Stamps and some locations offer textile recycling, compost drop-off and rechargeable battery recycling.
For dinner tonight, I'm making a Greenmarket vegetable curry.
I'll sauté summer squash, zucchini, yellow cauliflower, red onion and shredded Napa cabbage with cubed firm tofu and coconut oil. Once the vegetables start to soften, I'll stir in some coconut milk, minced fresh ginger, a pinch of sea salt, ground turmeric and Garam Masala (a blend of cumin, black peppercorn, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and mace). I'll simmer it until everything is tender, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary, and garnish it with thinly sliced scallion greens.