Legarda dares: Go meatless for a day
Senator Loren Legarda said Filipinos could help fight climate change by going meatless for a day and eating locally-grown food in order to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
“Part of climate change mitigation is the promotion of a low carbon lifestyle.
Since meat produces more greenhouse gases, eating lower on the food pyramid is advised, which means less meat and more of whole grains, fruits and vegetables,” said Legarda, chairwoman of the Senate committee on climate change.
She cited studies by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that 14.5 percent of man-made GHG emissions come from the global livestock.
Cattles produce more GHG, particularly methane, than pigs and chickens.
Legarda also said eating food that comes from distant places means higher carbon emission because of the need for energy for transportation and preservation.
“Low carbon living means patronizing local, plant-based, and in-season food. I plant vegetables in my garden so I am able to eat them fresh.
We should encourage families to plant vegetables in their backyards or community vacant lots, or to cultivate pinakbet gardens.
This way, we do not only provide food on the table, but also address the needs of growing numbers of malnourished children,” she said.
Legarda said even the displaced lumads or indigenous peoples (IPs) in Surigao del Sur have been doing an urban gardening project at the Tandag Sports Complex, which serves as their evacuation center, using organic and indigenous farming techniques.
“It could be a challenge to shift to a low carbon diet, but it can be done gradually. We can start by going meatless one whole day for a month, then every week, and so on,” she said.