Sarah Cox, of Lismore Heights, stocks up on fresh fruit and vegetables at Lismore Organic Markets. She is planning on growing her own vegetables.
Sarah Cox, of Lismore Heights, stocks up on fresh fruit and vegetables at Lismore Organic Markets. She is planning on growing her own vegetables. The Northern Star

Sarah turns lawn into lunchbox

SARAH COX, of Lismore Heights, is about to rip up her lawn and put in a vegie patch.

“We want to turn our lawn into our lunchbox,” she said.

Ms Cox said she wanted to grow more of the family's own fruit and vegetables to support their vegetarian lifestyle and help reduce their ecological footprint.

Since switching to a vegetarian diet last November, Ms Cox said she hadn't looked back.

“I have a lot more energy,” she said.

“I feel a lot more aligned with my inner wellbeing.”

Ms Cox said that the decision to become a vegetarian was not just about the health benefits.

“In terms of where we are at with the planet, it seems like a good choice,” she said. “I feel like I am doing my bit.”

Ms Cox has two children, Tulis, 4, and Jyoti, 1, but she said getting them to eat a vegetarian diet was not difficult.

“The trick is to give them lots of options and be very discriminating about junk food,” she said.

This week is National Vegetarian Week, an initiative of the Australian Vegetarian Society, held to encourage people to switch to a plant-based diet in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enjoy better health.

Australian Vegetarian Society director Mark Berriman said there were good reasons for people to reduce their meat intake.

“These days the environment is a major reason to switch to a vegetarian diet,” he said.

Mr Berriman said methane produced by Australia's cattle and sheep industry had more impact on the environment than coal-fired power stations.

According to research conducted by the Vegetarian Society, a family of four that consumes a diet high in meat will create carbon emissions exceeding those created by running a large four-wheel-drive.

Mr Berriman said some of the health benefits of a vegetarian diet included a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.



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