Why Not Give Meatless Monday a Go at Your House – We Do

There is a growing trend toward Meatless Mondays where families aim to eat no meat at all on Mondays.  Sounds difficult, but it is actually quite easy when you consider that many kid favorites like cereal, pancakes, pb&j, grilled cheese, pasta, mac n cheese, and pizza are all meatless.  The benefits of going meatless one day a week are astounding.  Not only will decreasing your intake of meat help improve your overall health, but it also has a huge impact on our environment.  Check out Meatless Monday for more info and tips.

Health Benefits

Environmental Benefits

  • REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . .far more than transportation. And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.
  • MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.
  • HELP REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCE. On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein. Moderating meat consumption is a great way to cut fossil fuel demand.