We just couldn’t resist trying to use the word offal in our headline, not too often are we presented with the ability to do so. Offal, for those who may not be exactly sure of the definition, is basically the lesser appealing cuts from an animal which include, hearts, lungs, intestines, and usually parts like kidneys and livers. For those educated in the carbon footprint of our food chain then you are probably well aware that beef is none to great for the environment and while other animals are better, the meat industry in general is a big contributor to climate change. But what if we ate more parts of the animal, don’t we waste a lot? Specifically those parts we don’t typically find on a dinner plate?
The answer is, of course, never so cut and dry. Many places, countries and cultures across the globe beyond us all here in the US happily consumer those parts that maybe we don’t appreciate, here in the US much of that meat gets used in other ways (think hotdogs, or pet food as reasonable examples, although not necessarily accurate).
Our favorite Eco Friendly Advice columnist at Grist did a great break down of the pros and cons of eating more animal parts to reduce our environmental impact. While you should read the whole thing, the basic conclusion is, eat meat more conscientiously.