I decided for the family that we would participate in the One Small Change challenge, brought by the smart people at Hip Mountain Mama. What it entails is making one tiny (or huge) "green" change a month leading up to Earth Day in April; and blog about it.
The January change I chose for us was making more meatless meals. For one thing, meat is expensive. Granted, Tyler is a hunter, and has gotten a deer the last two years, so we do have a good amount of organic grass fed yummy meat in the freezer. Another thing about meat is that it is expensive to raise. I don't know the exact numbers, maybe I will get around to getting that in a blog here soon, but raising an animal to maturity (cow, pig, sheep) costs an insane amount of money per pound of actual edible meat. And the cost isn't just calculated in a monetary form either. There is a big tax on the environment as well. With huge operations (which is where most of us get our meat from) the waste created by these animals is exponentially greater than what it is really worth.(not a new deer, just a reminder!)I like eating meat, and I don't intend to become a vegetarian (again), but I figured if we could commit to 2-3 meatless meals a week, we could benefit in many ways. By switching the menu around, we will be open to different recipes (Yummy!); our deer meat supply might last us till next hunting season; and we will save money. All while creating our One Small Change.
Join me (or us) and think about what you could change.