In this video, Mark Bittman explains that the most important thing we can do to help the environment—more than eating locally, organically, or whatever—is to eat less meat. According to Bittman the USDA requirements are influenced by the dairy and beef industry, are way too high. Adults only need 1/2 pound of meat a week, and the average American eats half a pound a day. He also explains the effect of all of the animal protein on our health. An important reminder for those of us in the middle of the holiday season.
The video includes a short, fascinating history of American cooking.
Even though I consider my family to be semi-vegetarian, we eat considerably more meat the recommended amount. What about yours?