Monday, February 3, 2020

Why Meatless Monday?

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I've been doing Meatless Mondays for years. Well, actually, it hasn't always been on Mondays, but one day each week I try not to eat meat.

I didn't create Meatless Monday.  In fact Meatless Monday is a global movement that urges people to pick one day each week to go vegetarian to help to improve the planet's sustainability.

A meatless day is nothing new. Many religions have particular meat fasting days. Woodrow Wilson in World War I asked Americans to go meatless at least one day a week. The meatless request came through again in the midst of World War II.

As global population has increased in the last few decades, more and more people are eating meat. Today, roughly 60% of our agricultural land is used in beef production (grazing plus feed production), even though beef only supplies 2% of the world's calories. Plus livestock production is responsible for about 15% of the world's greenhouse gases.  Beef production also uses more than ten times the water as crops like grains. Widespread meat production is helping to drive our planet into unsustainable conditions. As I pointed out several times in the blog over the last few months, meat consumption is ultimately behind the fires we have seen in the Amazon rainforest.

Many people love meat and I definitely do not want to throw any stones in your direction if you are one of them. However, all of us can opt to go meatless once a week without it impacting our diets in major ways. It is the right thing to do for the planet.

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