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Posted on Apr 28, 2013 in Healthy Eats, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Meatless Monday

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Perhaps you’ve heard it along the way and thought it was just a saying, Meatless Monday, is actually a very worthy, non-profit initiative to help improve the health of the individual and of the planet.  And it’s catching on, in fact Los Angeles schools have adopted Meatless Mondays and are now serving up over 650,000 meatless meals for breakfast and lunch.  Progress!

There’s plenty of reasons for you to consider following Meatless Mondays as well.  From their website MeatlessMonday.com

Why Meatless?

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Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.

Read about these benefits below. But keep in mind that just going meatless is not enough. That’s why we give you the information you need to add healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives to your diet each week. Further, if you do eat meat on other days, we strongly recommend grass-fed, hormone-free, locally-raised options whenever possible.

Health Benefits

Environmental Benefits

  • REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . . far more than transportation. And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.
  • MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.
  • HELP REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCE. On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein. Moderating meat consumption is a great way to cut fossil fuel demand.

Give it a shot, it’s only one day a week.  You may be surprised how easy and delicious it can be.

 

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  1. I work as kitchen chef in a school for children age 6-16. In Sweden all children have theirs lunch for free. We started meatfree Monday for about two year ago. Not very popular to start with, no it work out very well, and its great to teach them aswell about health and enviormental benefits.

    • So glad to know it’s universal. Keep up the good work!

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