Defined on Wikipedia as “an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet”. Meatless Monday is a concept I like to encourage.
The Meatless Monday movement is growing and gaining momentum as celebrities, health experts and restaurateurs get in on the idea. Celebrities taking action include: actress Jessica Simpson, News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Murdoch, Oprah, best selling food author Michael Pollan, The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper, Lance Armstong, American Idol’s Simon Cowell, Yoko Ono, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sir Paul McCartney.
More information can be found at http://www.meatlessmonday.com/
Or download the Meatless Monday General Overview PDF here
Join the Movement
PLEDGE to go meatless this Monday. Join the growing number of individuals, families and institutions pledging to improve their health and the health of our planet.
Key Benefits of Meatless Monday:
FOR YOUR HEALTH
REDUCE HEART DISEASE
Beans, peas, nuts and seeds contain little to no saturated fats. Reducing saturated fats can help keep your cholesterol low, and cut risk of cardiovascular disease.
LIMIT CANCER RISK
Hundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables can reduce cancer risk. Red meat consumption is associated with colon cancer.
Research suggests that plant-based diets – particularly those low in processed meat – can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.
People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices. A plant-based diet is a great source of fiber (absent in animal products). This makes you feel full with fewer calories, ie. lower calorie intake and less overeating.
Red and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality.
IMPROVE YOUR DIET
Consuming beans or peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat.
FOR YOUR WALLET
CUT WEEKLY BUDGET
Food prices continue to rise. Current increases are especially sharp in packaged items and meat, which require extra expenses like feed and transportation. Forgoing meat once a week is a great way to cut the weekly budget.
CURB HEALTHCARE SPENDING
Treatment of chronic preventable diseases accounts for 70% of total U.S. healthcare spending. By reducing our risk for these conditions, we can curtail healthcare spending nationwide.
FOR OUR PLANET
REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT
The UN estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change.
MINIMIZE WATER USAGE
The water needs of livestock are huge, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef.
REDUCE FUEL DEPENDENCE
On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. (compared to 2.2 calories of fossil fuel for plant-based protein).