Task of the Month for Eating Lower on the Food Chain

How we eat has major consequences for greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, habitat loss, as well as air, water, and soil pollution. Recognizing this, over thirty world-renowned scientists recently released dietary guidelines for a sustainable planet as well as human health. Their recommendations include drastically reducing intake of meat (compared with today’s standard American diet) and replacing that with whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and legumes.

Is this healthy? Yes! As reported by the NIH (National Institute of Health), “A new study adds to the evidence that eating red meat on a regular basis may shorten your lifespan. The findings suggest that meat eaters might help improve their health by substituting other healthy protein sources for some of the red meat they eat.” The key, though, is to avoid the temptation to replace meat with unhealthy choices that are high in refined sugars and grains.

This Task of the Month program is a little different from the others, because each month the task is essentially the same: eat lower on the food chain. To help you do this, your monthly newsletter will include recipes for various types of entrees, along with tips for avoiding excess packaging, and lots of additional information, inspiration, and ideas.

Here’s the gist: try one new meatless meal each week, to build up a repertoire of recipes and techniques.  Add your favorites to your regular rotation. The recipes offered attempt to appeal to a variety of tastes and preferences, and always aim to be seasonal, healthy, delicious and low in packaging and waste.

If you try one new meal each week, by the end of the year you’ll have 52 new options — or, even if you only like half of them, you’ll have enough for nearly a whole month of no-repeat menus.  We welcome your feedback, and if you have plant-based recipes you wish to share with the program, please send them our way!

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