Turning a problem-causing meal into a solution

My family’s lahem mishweemeal is a perfect example of how there is no one single solution to stop the adverse effects of global climate change. Instead, the issue is a combination of many small problems from many people all over the world.


In other words, my family buying ingredients from around the world to use for one meal isn’t the sole reason the world’s issues. But some of the effects of the meal were problematic, and there are definitely some ways to incorporate safer and more environmentally friendly solutions for next time around.


One alternative fix might be to buy lamb that was raised domestically. I even found a company called Strauss American Lamb that’s headquartered in Franklin, Wisconsin. It’s a double-edged sword to buy meat that was fed vitamins and fertilizer-enriched grass, which is known to cause problems that we learned in previous chapters, such as runoff that leads to acid rain. However, buying domestically eliminated the effects of natural gas consumption through transoceanic transportations.


Buying locally is one strategy that worked for the flatbread. The environmental effects of producing and shipping flatbread is virtually nothing compared to buying meat producing on another continent. The Miller beer stands somewhere in between. Although the beer can be considered local, per se, the effects of one case produced and distributed to a grocery store are relatively minimal. However, the global effects of the behemoth MillerCoors brewery is a much different story.


One of the side dished in my meal was tabbouleh, a dish that was fairly easy to make thanks to us using vegetables straight out of family members’ gardens. Everybody pitched in a few tomatoes, onions, spices or whatever they could contribute. Overall the effects of production and shipping were virtually nothing. I think that applying this concept of “everybody pitching in” could be used to make a lot of recipes, and could encourage better consumer effects in general.


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