I am an alcoholic in recovery, and I am so grateful that I have been given a second chance. As part of my recovery, I have really tried to articulate my personal values and to live by them. By God’s grace, I now am happily married with three young children, a dog, and a cat.
My kids are animal lovers, and my wife is a health nut. As a family we have decided to eat only grass-fed meat that is raised — and slaughtered — humanely. The dilemma is this: Grass-fed beef produces up to six times more methane as grain-fed beef, so what’s good for my family and our collective conscience isn’t so great for the planet — methane gas being one of the main contributors to climate change. I console myself by saying that we live in a small house, we keep the heat down, and I work from home so I don’t use gasoline by commuting.
But am I actually being selfish by putting my own values and my kids’ health before the health of the planet?