Theo has a play date with his friend Jani. They cut out cars from a magazine. With all the cars and some cardboard they want to craft a parking lot. And attach a steep ramp for cars to race down. Will be fun!
»I’m hungry.« Theo thinks. »Would you like a snack, Jani?« He asks his friend. »Sure!« Jani says and they run into the kitchen.
Yay! Mom has prepared some apple slices, crackers and sandwiches with ham and cheese. But Jani doesn’t eat the sandwiches because he is a vegetarian. That means he doesn’t eat animals. Theo wonders what animal ham is.
Ham is actually pig - and so is pork!
Beef is cow.
And chicken is chicken. »That’s easy«, Theo thinks.
He remembers the farm they went to in the fall. Chickens were running around and some cows and pigs ate hay in the stable. Jani says it is a long way for a pig from the farm to a slice of ham. »A long way means a lot of energy, right?« Theo asks.
Plants, grains, fruits and vegetables have a way lower CO2 footprint (that means the amount of CO2 in the air). Because you don’t really need to feed them and also because... well... they don’t poop like animals. Which also counts as CO2 and is really stinky. Eww…
So not only the long transportation of food with trucks produces lots of stinky CO2, the production process itself needs a lot of energy, too.
You and your family can save some meat-travel-energy if you can get it from a farm nearby. That’s level 1.
When you switch from a burger with beef to some chicken nuggets only once a week that would also save a lot of energy. That’s level 2.
Or have a whole veggie day...! That’s level 3.
Organic food is produced with less CO2 emissions than in a conventional process. It’s sometimes a little more expensive because more people have to work in this process to make it better for the animals, the environment and the humans. So when your grown-up buys local and organic food and a little less meat you can really help to reduce carbon dioxide in the air. That’s the top level 4!
»And what is vegan again?« Theo asks. »That is like a vegetarian but not only not eating animals, it means that a vegan doesn’t eat anything that comes from an animal.« Jani explains. »Like cheese?« Theo asks. That’s right! Because cheese is made from milk and milk comes from a cow. »Obviously...!« Theo says. »...And yogurt and butter and also honey.« Jani continues. Vegans also don’t wear shoes, which are made with leather. But don’t worry there are a ton of options and alternatives you can use to cook and eat as delicious as everyone else.
Theo thinks about it a while. He really likes milk and hot dogs and grown-up sized burgers (no cheese, no lettuce!),
»mmmmhhhh...« But maybe sometimes or Wednesdays he can
eat something totally veggie to save the planet!
»Come on!« Jani yells and runs back to their game. »Last one is a rotten potato!«
Highlight the animals with different colors and connect the food and animal, from which it comes.
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