Meatless Monday: It’s changing the world!
Meatless Monday is an international movement with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat! It launched as an international movement in 2003 with backing from the Center for a Livable Future (CFL) at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The idea of Meatless Monday actually goes back to WWI when it was used to reduce consumption of key staples in order to aid the war effort.
Why Mondays? Research shows people are more likely to eat healthy, quit smoking, and start exercise regimens on Monday rather than any other day of the week. Mondays are a cue built into every calendar, offering 52 chances a year to make healthier choices.
Meatless Mondays are good for you and good for the planet! It can limit cancer risk, reduce heart disease, fight Diabetes, and curb obesity. Refraining from eating meat every Monday can significantly reduce your carbon footprint, conserve water (roughly 1800 gallons of water are needed to produce ONE pound of beef!), and save fuel (on average, 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into ONE calorie of feedlot beef). To give you some more statistics, only 39 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of vegetables and only 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy go into one calorie of plant-based protein.
See what Meatless Mondays can do? Many cafeterias, communities, celebrities, restaurants, media, and countries have their own Meatless Monday movements!
Having one designated meat-free day a week is a meaningful change that anyone can make! Start today, try to make a change! For ideas, check out the Meatless Monday website!