The best way to BBQ …
“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”
Meat consumption has huge impacts on greenhouse gas emissions, land-use, water-use, and energy-use. One of the best ways you can decrease the impact of your summer BBQs (and eating habits in general) is by making simple adjustments to the amount of overall meat that is consumed.
Some quick and easy changes:
- Offer chicken, fish, or veggie options, instead (or alongside) beef
- Go heavy on the veggies and sides, and lighter on the meat
What about "Beyond Meat"?
This product has gained recent popularity and, alongside similar products, has been recognized as an excellent alternative to beef, in its ability to replicate taste and texture.
Why is it important?
The “Beyond Meat” burger is the first time that comparable vegetarian/vegan options have been sold in fast-food chains. The fact that this type of burger is becoming more mainstream, means that it and other comparable products have the ability to gain popularity, especially with those who don’t necessarily identify as being vegetarian/vegan. This product has also brought attention to the topic of meat consumption, and its effects on health, the environment, and on global systems.
Comparing Different Burgers
|Absolute Water-use (L)||3.27||437.7|
|Emissions (kg CO2-eq.)||.38||3.7|
|Absolute Land-use (m2a)||1.12||3.8|
Source: Heller and Keoleian (2018)
*Beyond Meat was used in this comparison due to the availability of data and due to the popularity of the product in Canada.
Comparing Different Proteins
|Compared to beef
KEEP IT SEASONAL
This is the time of the year to feast on fresh, local, delicious produce!
|cabbage (savoy, red)||carrots||cauliflower|
|onions (green, red, yellow)||parsnip||peaches|
|potatoes (red, russet, white, yellow)||radish||raspberries|