|"We endorse eating us only one day a week... or less. Thank you."|
I was thinking about Meatless Monday's the other day. It is a day that one pledges to forgo meat in order to improve the health of individuals and the planet. Not mentioned is how not eating meat improves the lives of the food animals as well.
But as far as human and planetary health goes, Meatless Monday Global says:
"Skipping meat one day a week is good for you, great for your nation’s health, and fantastic for the planet."
Of course they are right, and I think it is an excellent campaign. It was even endorsed by the recent People's Climate March.
But what if we reversed it and made Meatless Mondays into Meaty Mondays, or Meatfull Mondays? Someone making this pledge would only eat meat on Mondays, and enjoy vegetarian meals the rest of the week.
If skipping meat one day a week is good for you and the planet, imagine what eating meatless for six days a week would do. Good health would break out all over the place, and devastated ecosystems would start to heal.
Cows would moo contentedly in fields until a ripe old age.
I wonder how many people would make the Meaty Monday pledge in order to improve personal health as well as the health of ecosystems and food animals?
Some Meaty Facts
"When you reduce your meat intake, you minimize water usage because the production of beef requires 1,850 gallons of water, while the production of vegetables requires 39 gallons of water.
And when you reduce your meat consumption, you reduce your carbon footprint because beef production creates 30 kg of greenhouse gas per kg of food, while carrots, potatoes, and rice require .42, .45, and 1.3 kg respectively." - source