I am not an advocate for vegan-ism or even vegetarianism, I do like to eat meat. However, I would like to share with you the reasons why reducing the intake of meat can help our planet.
I found the most informational website to be http://www.meatfreemondays.com. Please check out their Facts on a Plate below. These facts are just a few reasons why going meatless one day a week can help make a difference.
Adopting this way of eating one day a week is also heart healthy and saves money. The money saved can be better spent on buying better products, such as grass-fed/organic meat for the rest of the week.
If everyone in the US went meatless one day a week the carbon savings would be the same as taking 19.2 million cars off the US roads for a year.
It would also save 99.6 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions, the same as 46 million round trip flights from New York to LA.
It's really easy to support this cause. All you have to do is eat meatless one day a week and spread the news to friends and family. The more people involved, the closer we get to helping out planet and reducing our carbon footprint.
This is an article about both the health benefits and enviormental benefits of going meatless one day a week:
Posted by Joshua Rosenthal on September 28, 2009
Join a growing number of people all over the country in the Meatless Monday movement and pledge to eat meat-free once a week. What will you eat in place of your meat entrée? Try incorporating more vegetables into your meal, which are high in fiber and will make you feel full and satisfied. Beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds are also a great meat alternative. They are high in protein, iron and magnesium and contain little to no saturated fat.
You’ll also reduce your carbon footprint by cutting back on meat just once a week. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, the meat industry generates nearly 1/5 of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide. Our precious water resources are exhausted daily and the demand continues to grow. Approximately 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. This total far surpasses the amount of water needed for vegetables and grains.
People are confused about how to start making improvements to their health, let alone make sizable changes to the environment. Start with what you put on your dinner plate. Start today. You don’t have to become a vegetarian to make a difference. Michael Pollan recently stated on the Oprah show: “Even one meatless day a week — a meatless Monday, which is what we do in my household — if everybody in America did that, that would be the equivalent of taking 20 million mid-size sedans off the road.”
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