Meat production is responsible for more environmental degradation than any other single industry. Animal agriculture accounts for at least 16.5% of greenhouse gas emissions, 80% of antibiotic use and 37% of pesticide use. Livestock grazing is one of the greatest threats to imperiled species, affecting 14% of threatened or endangered animals and 33% of threatened or endangered plants.
It's easy to include wildlife protection in your barbecue plans: By making that hot dog the only meat you eat today – or better yet, by replacing it with a veggie dog (or one of our delicious extinction-free recipes) – you can do your part to stop grilling the planet. Start a new summer tradition of celebrating the outdoors with an extinction-free barbecue.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans eat an average of 818 hot dogs per second. That’s a lot of meat, especially when you consider the cost to wildlife and the environment. All those hot dogs – plus the burgers, steaks and sausages thrown on the grill during the biggest meat season of the year – are turning the planet into a kabob of climate change, deforestation, pollution and wildlife extinction. Not sure how to have a barbecue without meat?
Meat-free cookouts have come a long way from the bland veggie burgers of yesteryear. Try some (or all) of these delicious, extinction-free alternatives from some of the top wildlife-friendly chefs and bloggers in the world.
Classic BBQ Menu:
The Main Dish
On the Side
The Main Dish
On the Side
And for Dessert
Already have a favorite Earth-friendly cookout dish? Share the recipe on social media using the #ExtinctionFreeBBQ hashtag.
"A plant-based diet isn't just compassionate, delicious, and healthy, but is a way to address the critical climate change issue."
– Nava Atlas, VegKitchen
"Meat-free, plant-based meals are one the best ways to help save our planet! It takes 100 to 200 times more water to produce a pound of beef than it does to grow a pound of plant foods. Wow...that's a lot of H2O!"
- Laura Theodore, Jazzy Vegetarian
"Have an Extinction-Free BBQ! This Earth-friendly diet will help save our planet and its incredible biodiversity for present and future generations!"
– Alicia Silverstone, The Kind Life
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