It’s Earth Week! To kickoff the week, let’s start out with joining the movement, known as “Meatless Monday.”
For all of you whole love bacon and eggs, a good burger, or steak, consider giving up meat for one day out of the week. Join the global movement known as “Meatless Monday” and go vegetarian or vegan for just one day out of the week, Monday. The planet will thank you for it. This challenge can be fun, you can get creative in the kitchen. I love to cook and find new recipes on Pinterest. Feel free to explore the world of Pinterest for vegan and vegetarian meals, going meatless for one day doesn’t have to be a burden.
Special thanks to Daybreak 27, for the opportunity to talk about Meatless Monday. You can watch my interview with Edlyn Ruiz, click here.
Meatless Monday was launched in 2003 in collaboration with the Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The goal behind the movement is to reduce meat consumption by 15% for our personal health and the health of the planet.
Why go meatless?
For starters, it’s a great way to know that you have made an impact on helping the planet. For environmental reasons, choosing to go meatless for at least one day out of the week, has a huge impact on the environment. By going meatless you help minimize water usage. Water is greatly used to maintain livestock in comparison to vegetables and grains.
Eco Facts: Water Usage
Approximately 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef.
Approximately 39 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of vegetables.
Eco Fact: Reduce Greenhouse Gases
Reportedly, studies show that that meat production produces significantly more greenhouse gases than vegetables, including carbon dioxide, Methane and Nitrous Oxide – the three main contributing sources of greenhouse gas.
Eco Fact: Reduce Fuel Usage
The meat industry uses so much energy to produce grain for livestock that if instead we used the grain to feed people following a vegetarian diet, it would be enough to feed about 840 million people.
Ate one less burger a week, it would be the equivalent of taking your car off the road for 320 miles.
And if the entire U.S. did not eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road
Take the challenge, and give up meat for just 1 day out of the week, join the Meatless Monday Movement.
with love, xo