Climatarian

As 2016 rolls out, many of us have made resolutions to improve ourselves by exercising, reading more books, or spending less time on social media. Healthy eating is another popular choice among resolutionists, but there’s a new diet emerging for eco-friendly folks who don’t want to give up meat – entirely, at least.

The New York Times published an article on the top new food words of 2015. Among them was a word “climatarian”. The article defines it as follows:

“CLIMATARIAN (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste.”

This new term grew in popularity this year as people are becoming more aware of the effect their food choices have on the environment, partly thanks to mainstream exposure from documentaries like Conspiracy (which I plan to discuss in an upcoming post).

This year, I’ve resolved to greatly reduce my beef intake. I love jerky, meatballs, burgers, and burritos, so it won’t be easy, but I’m determined. I also want to phase out as many oil products as I can, including cling wrap, products that use paraffin wax, and many of the plastic products that dominate today’s market.

Do you have any sustainable resolutions for 2016? Let me know in the comments. Let’s inspire each other to make positive lifestyle changes this year!

 

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