It’s about healthy, sustainable eating. It’s about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s about doing what we can to slow down global warming and build a better future for everyone on the planet. It starts with YOU, and It’s as easy as enjoying your next meal.
Eat your veggies and save the planet!
Food choices may very well be the single biggest impact as an individual that you can have on the environment. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% – 25% of global warming emissions worldwide. Cattle ranches and feed production account for over 70% of deforestation in the Amazon. The livestock sector is quite probably the largest source of water pollution worldwide. It requires an average of 6kg of plant protein to produce 1kg of animal protein, and it takes 100 times more water to produce 1kg of animal protein than it does 1kg of plant protein.
Enjoy the health benefits from going meatless
The World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization (WHO/FAO) have found that a diet low in meat, eggs and dairy, while also higher in fruit and vegetables, was associated with a lower risk of: Heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Type 2 Diabetes, and various types of Cancer. A more plant-based diet, rich in fiber, folic acid, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, is also associated with: lower blood cholesterol concentrations, lower incidence of stroke, lower total and LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and lower body fat. Take preventative measures by cutting back on animal products.
The World Health Organization recently reported that more than 3 billion people on the planet are malnourished. Approximately 72% of grains grown in the North America feed livestock, not people. Livestock eat 80% of the world soybean crop and more than 50% of the world’s corn crop. Well over 70% of the world’s population is intolerant to dairy products, and many people do not consume certain animal products for religious, ethical, environmental or health reasons. By providing well-labeled plant-based options we ensure that everyone is welcome at the table – without feeling singled out or holding up the line. Plant-based is the most equitable menu there is!
It’s not about going vegan or vegetarian. (Though that is a great choice.)
You don’t have to go 100%, but know that every effort you make helps a great deal. Only you can decide how, when, where and why – there are no rules. If everyone went meatless just one day a week it really would make an incredible difference. Some folks swap it out and only eat animal products one day a week. Others decide that, after trying all the wonderful plant-based options available, going meat-free every day is a winning plan. It’s entirely up to you and every effort helps.
Meatless Monday — A simple idea sparks a global healthy food movement:
TEDx talk by Monday Campaigns President Peggy Neu: