Meatless Monday is simple. On Monday's, strive to not eat any meat.
I know this might seem crazy to some people, especially those who grew up eating meat in ever meal like I did. But hear me out.
The production and processing of meat greatly impacts the environment. To produce 1 pound of beef, you must use 1,799 gallons of water. To compare, soybeans use 216 gallons and corn, 108 gallons.
The livestock sector accounts for 9% of CO2 that come from human-related activities but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. Cows and sheep are responsible for 37% of the total methane generated by human activity.
Yes, Meatless Monday makes a BIG impact on the environment. But also on an individual level.
In this article by Harvard, red and processed meats increase health risks. There is so much evidence that shows a clear link between high intake of red meat and higher risk of heart disease. There is a common misconception that you need meat in your diet, even red meat, but this is not true. Mayo clinic also comes to the conclusion that people who eat less meat will have fewer calories, less fat, and lower their risk of heart disease
Meat is also more expensive than fruits, vegetables, and grains.
This Monday, try to go meatless. You might feel healthier, save some money, and can explore some new vegetarian recipes!