On Labor Day weekend, Americans fire up the grill and eat more meat than almost any other time of year. But all those burgers, hot dogs, steaks and sausages are turning the planet into a kabob of climate change, deforestation, pollution and wildlife extinction.You can enjoy the holiday without sacrificing your carbon footprint or your love of wildlife. So before you give in to the temptation of that smoking hunk of meat, give us a call, toll-free. We’re here to help.
Meat production is responsible for more environmental degradation than any other industry. Almost 50 percent of wild plants and animals already at risk of extinction in the United States are further threatened by grazing livestock. Meat production contributes at least 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, as well as 80 percent of American antibiotic use and 37 percent of pesticide use. In a world with more than 7 billion people and a growing global appetite for bacon and chicken wings, meat consumption is taking a staggering toll on wildlife, habitat, water resources, air quality and the climate.
Isn’t it time we defeat the meat habit?
How to Have an Extinction-free BBQ
You’ve called the hotline and defeated the temptation, but now that you’ve stepped away from the meat, what next? Here are some resources to help you have an extinction-free, wildlife-friendly barbecue:
- In the mood for a burger or hot dog? Check out these fabulous recipes for mouth-watering, all natural plant-based options.
- It’s easy to spice up your veggie burger/veggie dog with Earth-friendly condiments like mustard, relish, peppers, avocado, salsa and bbq sauce.
- Can’t live without cheese or mayonnaise? Plant-based versions have come a long way and are a great addition to burgers, tacos, nachos and wraps.
- Choose organic food and drinks when possible.
- Use reusable plates and silverware instead of plastic or paper.
- Reduce your food waste by only taking what you can eat (you can always go back for seconds) and composting your wildlife-friendly scraps for the garden.
- Properly dispose of wrappers, plastic and other non-recyclable trash, and set up clearly marked recycling containers.
- Check out our Extinction-free BBQ page for other tips.
Share the recipes that helped you defeat the temptation of too much meat this holiday with the #ExtinctionFreeBBQ hashtag on social media.