In Alberta, meat is more than just a meal; it is a tradition, a habit. Globally, as the population grows from 7.8 billion to a projected 9.8 billion in 2050, food demand is on course to increase by more than 50 percent and demand for animal-based foods by nearly 70 percent, yet thousands of Albertans remain hungry. Knowing this, we can begin to ask ourselves what impact our own meat consumption may have on our environment and those around us. With a variety of meat alternatives gaining consumer and media attention, the consumption of animal-based foods and factory farming are under more scrutiny than ever.
Asking ourselves, “what are the barriers preventing change?” is a great way to begin assessing our habits as we begin to rethink our diets and create a sustainable food future.