The GOOD 30-Day Challenge: Go Vegetarian

Posted by Cord Jefferson

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Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge, a monthly attempt to live better.

It's fast becoming a well-known fact that eating less meat is good for the earth. Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has said that "in terms of immediacy of action and the feasibility of bringing about reductions in a short period of time, [people eating less meat] clearly is the most attractive" way to fight climate change. Authors from Upton Sinclair to Jonathan Safran Foer have detailed the horrific animal cruelty and human-rights abuses associated with factory farming and meat processing. And most doctors will tell you that eating fewer animal products is simply better for your health. As beloved food writer Michael Pollan has summed it up, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

With all of this in mind, our GOOD 30-Day Challenge for June is to go vegetarian. Though we failed last month's driving challenge, a majority of GOOD staffers have committed to cutting down their meat consumption or giving up meat entirely for the next four weeks. Some people who were already vegetarians (myself included) will try to go vegan. The hope is that eating less meat will prompt us to think more critically about our dietary choices. To kick things off, we made a pledge video:

Consider this post an open invitation to join in the challenge. On Twitter and Facebook, we'll be using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD to keep you abreast of our progress, and we hope you'll use it to let us know how you're faring as well.

Now repeat after me: "I am stronger than bacon."

Photo (cc) by Flickr user little blue hen