Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday

 

 

WHY MEATLESS?

"On average, Americans consume 8 ounces of meat per day.  This is 45% more than the USDA reccommends" 

Environmental Benefits:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Health Benefits:
  1. Limit Cancer Risk - Hundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables may reduce cancer risk. Both red and processed meat consumption are associated with colon cancer.
  2. Reduce Heart Disease - Recent data from a Harvard University study found that replacing saturated fat-rich foods (for example, meat and full fat dairy) with foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fat (for example, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds) reduces the risk of heart disease by 19%.
  3. Fight Diabetes - Research suggests that higher consumption of red and processed meat increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  4. Curb Obesity - People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices. A recent study from Imperial College London also found that reducing overall meat consumption can prevent long-term weight gain.
  5. Live Longer - Red and processed meat consumption is associated with modest increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality.
  6. 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.
Economic Benefits
  1. Cut Your Weekly Budget - Food prices have continually risen throughout the years. Many of these increases are seen in packaged items, like meat, which requires extra expenses for feed and product transportation.  Cutting meat out of your diet for one day a week is a great way to also cut your weekly spending budget.
  2. Curb Healthcare Spending - In the United States, 70% of healthcare spending goes toward the treatment of chronic, preventable diseases.  By reducing your risk for these diseases, we can also reduce healthcare spending nationwide.
(From meatlessmonday.com)
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