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Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth (or it isn't
June 1st, 2018
Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth (or it isn't… because you may also refrain from having descendants).

The thing is, even if you're worried about 'proteins' (which primarily shows ignorance) and 'anemia', you can reduce your consumption…
If you eat meat once a week, you cover your nutritional risks. And "once a week" is 93% less than "twice a day"… So you can get 93% of the maximum impact of a change in diet, with virtually no risk, and without (unsustainably) forcing yourself to a vegan diet.
You might also switch from some resource-intensive sources of proteins to less intensive ones, which if combined to reduced consumptions allows for a major change.
All in all, you can have an impact. All you need to do is reduce your consumption of meat and dairy, as much as sustainably acceptable to you. It doesn't matter if it's a small reduction (once less a week? smaller portions?), it'll be better than nothing… for you and the planet (both co-dependently exist).
By doing so, you cultivate the realisation of selflessness / interdependence, you cultivate restraint from 'justifying' lust and selfish preferences, you cultivate restraint from harming… Reducing meat and dairy consumption (without even going all "righteous vegan") is wholesome practice.

But then, of course, reducing consumption is wholesome practice, regardless of what the object is… Generosity is the first pāramitā, but it's only possible once one starts seeing that accumulating and consuming "more and more" isn't a reliable response to suffering (in existential forms and others), and is all the more unreliable that the accumulation and consumption is "for me, me, me".

#Buddhism #Dharma #engagedBuddhism
"starting somewhere":
"vegetarianism and lay buddhists":
"food, inc.":
"mindfulness of eating":
Buddhism has no specific guideline on supporting teachers, it simply asks for you to consider causality: if you want this living tradition to survive, how are you participating, in practical terms, to make this happen? Nice words, exposure or social media ‘+1’ might feel good, but they do not actually help with the basic necessities: