March 2 – Meatless Monday

“Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it” Prov 15:17.

Many people are choosing to reduce their meat intake for love. For love of our neighbour, love of the planet or love of animals.

One way to begin to reduce your meat is to take up Meatless Mondays –  what is this all about?

Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. It  is a simple concept that can make a big difference in your personal health and the health of the planet.  Meatless Monday is a practical way for you to make a contribution towards improving your health and life style. It is a great way to taking action against climate change by reducing your carbon footprint and helping to conserve precious environmental resources. Meatless Mondays will require you to replace meat with plant based meals such as vegetables, beans, nuts, soy and etc.

Benefits of meatless Mondays

  • Eating less meat improves your health and decreases risks/prevents chances of having; heart disease, diabetes, strokes and cancer
  • Research suggests that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with limited amount red meat increases your lifespan/longevity
  • Can help you loose/maintain weight
  • Save money meat is more expensive than plant based food
  • Minimise water usage for farming and agricultural practices
  • Reduce greenhouse gases that are emitted through meat farms
  • Reduce energy consumption from farming

Disadvantages of livestock production

  • Livestock production creates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector – which includes all the cars, trucks, planes, and trains in the world
  • Livestock production uses 75% of the earth’s agricultural land
  • Producing ONE quarter-pound beef burger uses 1608 litres of water – enough water to fill 10 bathtubs
  • Producing ONE quarter-pound beef burger uses up enough energy to power an iPhone for 6 months
  • Skipping one serving of beef every Monday for a year saves the equivalent emissions to driving 560 kilometres in a car.

Save the planet and yourself, go meatless on Mondays.

“Mo’ money = mo’ food = less problems”.

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