Is Meat Sustainable?

Between school, work, business, hockey and trying to maintain relationships with friends I think everyone can be sympathetic with me on how valuable our time is. Especially with all of the upcoming assignments this week, and the following week we are even more pressed for time. As a result this has made meal prepping and stress relieving exercises that much more important. One of the ways I have made my citizenship engagement seem less like work is I have began to make meals as a break. I will work for an hour or so (usually less) then I will take a “break” to do something more enjoyable. In this case my break is cooking. First break I take may include sautéing the vegetables or boiling water, or cleaning / cutting vegetables. Then I will go to back working on homework, then I will go back to cooking. I will repeat these steps until my cooking and cleaning is complete. As part of being an engaged citizen I have began to make bigger portions so then my family also can benefit from a yummy meatless meal. I am well aware that I cannot control what my siblings eat when I am not around but I can guarantee that when I am cooking they will eat food without meat. I can educate them and plant the seed of going meatless but that will not necessarily guarantee results. But I do know that when I cook enough for my family which is usually about three times a week they are not consuming meat, which is a good start. While writing this I am now getting curious on how much money my parents have saved by reducing our meat consumption quite drastically.

Here is a picture of piece of pizza I made.

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It is a Greek inspired pizza. It includes cheese, tomato, onion, mushrooms, spinach, peppers, olives and last but not least olive oil as sauce as opposed to pizza sauce.


Meanwhile another fav of mine that I have enjoyed eating as well as cooking is a simple spinach salad.

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You can spice it up to however you would like. I added, pineapple, strawberries, craisins, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, purple onions, and creamy poppyseed dressing.

The outcome that I am trying to hit in the social studies unit is RW 7.3, and more specifically the indicator, “Define the word “sustainable”, and discriminate between the concepts of sustainable and unsustainable as they apply to resources and industry”

I would like everyone while reading to be aware of whether or not meat is sustainable Canada. Is it sustainable for everyone in the world to consume as much meat as the average Canadian family consumes?




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