Yes, I know today is Thursday! But I wanted to let you know about the Meatless Mondays movement that is spreading across the globe. People all over the world are taking one day a week to go meat-free, and they’re doing it for a whole host of reasons. There are those who look at it as nice change to their diet, or those that want to eat more veggies, but don’t want to convert to full vegetarianism. There is the health factor of cutting back on animal based protein to help lower your cholesterol and trans-fat intakes, as well as boosting your vitamin and fibre allowance. There is the economic viewpoint as well… eggplant is cheaper than ground beef! Finally, for my earth-loving readers, there is the environmental impact as well. We can cut down on our water usage, as the water needs of livestock are much greater than those of vegetables and grains.
– Approximately 7000 litres of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef.
– Approximately 148 litres of water are needed to produce a pound of vegetables.
Americans consume nearly four times the amount of animal protein than the global average. When compared with current food intake in the US, a vegetarian diet could reduce water consumption by up to 58% per person.
So, you can join the movement, and make your Mondays meat-free, or any day of the week… give Bessy the cow the night off and go hunting for some carrots!
To read more about Meatless Mondays check out their website at www.meatlessmondays.ca