Meatless Mondays, or Meat Mondays?
I’ll let you choose.
There are many carnivores all over the world. Big game hunting hasn’t fizzled out by any means and fishing is still an all season celebration for many.
You can still make a difference though even if you do take part in many carnivorous activities. Americans love meat, along with apple pie, the hamburger is one of our classic American foods.
Cutting down on meat is not a new idea. The original “Meatless Mondays” started during World War 1 when the government asked citizens to do something about preventable illnesses linked to too much meat eating. The campaign started again during World War II when rationing helped us feed Europe.
Meatless Mondays was officially founded in 2003 in association with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In May 2009, Ghent, Belgium became the first non-U.S. city to go meatless. Shortly thereafter, Paul McCartney introduced the U.K. to Meat-Free Mondays.
Meatless Monday is now active in 36 countries and growing because every nation can bring its unique culture, customs and cuisine to the table in meat free and vegetarian dishes.
Skipping meat one day a week is good for you, great for your nation’s health and fantastic for the planet.
These statistics show what cutting down on meat even once a week can do:
- Processed meat are linked to colon cancer and diabetes. Cutting down on saturated fat-rich foods reduces the risk of heart disease. It can also help prevent weight gain, which leads to health problems as well.
- About 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feedlot beef. While each calorie of plant protein needs only 2 calories of fossil fuel energy.
- Nearly one-fifth of man-made greenhouse has emissions comes from the meat industry, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.
- As much as 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef whereas tofu requires 220 gallons.
- Land use for grazing animals and land used to grow crops to feed those animals now takes up 30 percent of the Earth’s land mass according to the United Nations. Over 260 million acres of American’s forest have been cleared to grow grain to feed farmed animals. According to scientists at the Smithsonian Institution, seven football fields worth of land is bulldozed worldwide every minute to create more room for farmed animals.
Wow. Let that sink in. Knowing that you only need about 50 grams of protein a day can you make changes to accommodate Meatless Mondays?
8 oz piece of meat is about 50 grams but how can you reach this without meat? Easily.
Cup of beans: 16 grams of protein
One yogurt: 11 grams
Cup of milk: 8 grams
Clearly a little meat goes a long way. There are ways you can still help your health and environment by getting grass-fed, hormone-free, locally- raised meat when you can and Colorado is recognized for having many options for this route.
If you are appalled by research of slaughterhouses, animal welfare, GMO’s then consider Meat Mondays. Only eat meat on Mondays. You could save thousands of animals’ lives in your lifetime. It’s never too late!
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