Less Meat – yes or no?

Whether it’s schnitzel, bratwurst (Sausage) or a juicy steak, Germans love meat. Every German consumes approximately 60 kilograms per year. This means, that the meat consumption in this country is double the amount of the worldwide consumption. But as delicious as us Germans find meat, as bad is the consumption for us and our planet. We summarized the consequences of meat consumption, so you can decide for yourself: less meat – Yes or no?

”Do you eat meat?” – Probably one of the first questions, that you get asked, when you go out to eat nowadays. We are increasingly concerned with the way we eat and daily meat consumption is being criticized. According to latest findings it can cause arteriosclerosis, overweight and strokes. In 2015 the World Health Organization found out, that processed meat, like sausages, can cause cancer. Many consumers are uncertain because of the ongoing discussion and wish for more information. And the industry follows: Whether it’s the Discounter, the organic farm or the butcher of trust, in Germany the origin and quality of the meat is getting more and more transparent for the consumer.

Less consumption of meat has a positive effect on humans and the climate

Every German eats about 1100 animals during his life, including 945 chickens, 4 cows, 46 pigs and other animals. That means an average of 60 kilograms per head per year. In the newest evaluation the German association for nutrition recommends a drastic reduction to roughly 300 to 600 grams of meat per week. That means an average of 16 to 31 kilograms per head per year. The reduction of meat does not only have a positive impact on our health but also on our environment and especially on the protection of our resources.

According to the WWF, about 70 percent of the direct greenhouse gas emissions of our nutrition are a result of animal products. That is due to the direct emissions of nitrous oxide, methane and CO2, particularly by ruminants like cows. Other countries have already discovered that the use of insects is a nutritious and healthy food source. Buffalo worms for example need very little resources in their appropriate breeding. The production of one kilo of worms just needs around 7 percent water and about one fourth of feed compared to the production of one kilo of beef. Also, they are a real protein bomb.

As well as the negative aspects of meat consumption on environment and individual, ethical aspects also play a huge part for humans in evaluating meat consumption. Living conditions and the treating of animals in factories and slaughterhouses are being severely criticized. That’s why a lot of people (almost) completely stopped eating meat. Others however started looking for organic products and species-appropriate husbandry.

Enriching the menu

Even though the majority has difficulties to quit eating meat, there are a lot of reasons to reduce meat consumption. Eventually everyone needs to decide for themselves if and how much meat they consume. One day in the week, that is vegetarian or vegan can have a positive effect already and does not mean a huge deprivation. There are a lot of tasty plant-based products, that enrich the menu and expand the cooking-horizon. Innovative novelties in food, like insects also offer delicious possibilities and creative recipe ideas. By the way: On our blog you can already find some new favourite dishes. And now it’s your turn: What is your meat-free recipe-highlights? Share them with us on Facebook and we repost your favourites!