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Are “Meatless Mondays” Going Global?

Are “Meatless Mondays” Going Global?

Going vegetarian, at least for one day a week, is becoming the “green” thing to do in many countries. A number of upscale restaurants in Israel recently began promoting Vegetarian Monday, an initiative to encourage meat-eaters to go vegetarian once a week in order to help combat climate change.  Sir Paul McCartney has been promoting a similar program in Britain and Australia, and not long ago, officials in the Belgian city of Ghent, urged residents to eat only vegetarian foods on Thursdays.

Here in the U.S., the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health sponsors “Meatless Mondays” to help Americans eat healthier foods that are easier on the environment and animals too. America seems to be lagging a bit behind with the concept, however. Let’s do our part to save the planet by at least cutting back on meat. A dismal new report by the World Resources Institute indicates how important it is for everyone to reduce their meat consumption in order to help halt water pollution, climate change, and other environmental problems.

Research shows that worldwide per capita meat consumption is expected to rise by 14 percent by 2030. When you factor in population growth, the rise equates to an increase of about 53 percent in global meat consumption. The time is now for “Meatless Mondays” to become a worldwide phenomenon.
   
The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook states that “refusing meat” is the “single most effective thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.” It takes significantly less water, land, grain, and other resources to produce a plant-based diet than a meat-based one, and each vegetarian saves more than 100 animals every year. And, according to a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, “people who follow more plant-based diets have better health outcomes—lower rates of chronic disease and lower rates of obesity. We all need to be moving more toward a plant-based diet.”

Indeed we do. Fortunately there’s no need to wait for a politician to officially designate a vegetarian day—just pick one day  a week not to eat meat. When you have that mastered, try two. In no time, you’ll see how easy it to eat only vegetarian foods. You might even want to sign our “vegetarian for a month” petition here at Care2.  Either way, for recipes and product suggestions, see www.VegCooking.com.

Addendum: A couple of people have also told me about the Global Meat Free Petition Movement’s petition for meat-free days in various countries. I added my name. I hope you’ll sign too!  

 

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8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Sigh, just what is Renee L smoking with her rant of " If you don't like the U.S. move now" nonsense-many people born in the U.S. have gone vegetarian or vegan or whatever. Just because people do not agree with your world view does not mean they any less American than you are.

As for her comments that if it were not for the U.S. there would not be any France, England et al: Guess what, many soldiers fought and died the good fight against Hitler long before the U.S. even entered the war.

What have fallen American soldiers got to do with the discussion on meatless Monday? There are even some soldiers who are vegetarian out there or don't they count? Probably not "real Americans" in her opinion.

The U.S. is not the end all and be all of mankind. Humanity has existed for eons without the benefit of any one country. Every nation has its own qualities to give to the rest of the world.

The reason that I looked this site up was because I had received an email from Causes about pledging to go Meatless Monday because red meat is bad for my health and all that.

Being a meat lover I have no plans to pledge Mondays over to no meat-if I am in the mood to use an alternative such as quinoa, kasha or many other things that I eat, then I will do that when in the mood and not on any specific day of the week.

Lately, everything seems to be bad for your health--am told if I eat fruit with any other food it will cause all sorts of toxic reactions--my dietician says it is a

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

To continue with my comment lopped off from below because it was too long--Care2--please add a Twitter like device telling us how many words we have left so we can edit before commenting---see below:


Lately, everything seems to be bad for your health--am told if I eat fruit with any other food it will cause all sorts of toxic reactions--my dietician says it is a myth.

Then Dr. Mercola goes on about avoiding whole grains because ingesting these are bad for mental health! He also warns against eating tomatoes, potatoes, barley, rye and rice as this may prevent belly fat.

Nothing, it seems is safe from the don't eat this or that list, even veggies! Vitamins are stated to be problematic by some. Hmmm... perhaps we can eat air if it is not polluted!

We all feed on death, even the vegetarians as plants are living organisms. Sadly mankind and Nature was designed to feed on other living things be it animal, veggie, fruit or whatever. Until God, the Great Spirit or Evolution comes up with an alternative we are an eat something living world.

9:09AM PDT on Aug 30, 2009

EAT MEAT!! IT IS GOOD FOR YOU!! Why are all of you radicals being SHEEPLE? Stop now before it is too late. We are heading into another ice age people!! The proof is out there!! If you hate the United States so much, then sell everything you own and MOVE to another country. There are plenty out there. Quit defaming the memory of our fallen soldiers with this crap. Remember, if it wasn't for the United States of America, there would be NO ENGLAND, NO FRANCE, NO POLAND, NO SPAIN, ETC..... Get the picture now?

9:07AM PDT on Aug 30, 2009

Only during Lent!! I am Catholic. GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX AND A HUGE LIE!!
3. Polar Bears Refute Al Gore's Warnings

The polar bears that climate change alarmists claim are endangered by global warming are doing just fine, thank you.

Al Gore and other alarmists have warned that higher global temperatures due to greenhouse gases could lead to the melting of the polar ice caps. That would threaten the polar bears' efforts to find food and survive.

But due to colder than usual subarctic weather this year, healthier polar bears are being spotted along the Hudson Bay coast in Canada, according to a release from PR Newswire.

"The late break-up of ice this year on Hudson Bay means the polar bears, which rely on sea ice to live, have been given more time during spring and summer to hunt and eat seals, and this has allowed them to gain important weight to live off of until freeze-up," said Robert Buchanan, president of Polar Bears International.

Daryll Hedman, a regional wildlife manager for Manitoba Conservation in Canada, said polar bears remain on the Hudson Bay ice for as long as possible so they can feed, and this year the ice was so thick that they stayed there for an extra two weeks, resulting in fatter, healthier bears this summer.

On a related front: With many Democrats still clamoring for cap-and-trade legislation to curb carbon emissions in response to global warming fears, the outgoing leader of the environmental group Greenpeace has retracted a

12:29AM PDT on Aug 27, 2009

Thanks for your wonderful site. I live in a beautiful part of France on the Mediterranean where awareness of environmental issues and animal rights have a long way to go to catch up. I hereby commit to at least 1 no-meat day a week, until I go vegetarian for good!

5:02AM PDT on Aug 24, 2009

Its so easy to not eat meat once a week, for good health I reckon you should eat meat only 2 days a week. I gave up so much meat eating as I left the farm to work in the city and wasn't doing really hard physical work anymore. Now I don't eat meat , Its easy easy and I feel so much better for it.

12:54PM PDT on Aug 19, 2009

To be honest, I have inadvertantly had a couple of meatless days. I just didn't felt more like having things like salads, cob on the corn, potatoes, etc.

I don't think I'll ever really give up meat; just eat less of it, and more "sustainable" meat. What I mean is, try to find a source or sources of meat that is NOT from those factory farms. If people are going to still eat meat, at least find a good source of non factory farm meat. And encourage your grocery stores to research their dealers and the farms where the meat comes from. They just might be surprised.

6:41PM PDT on Aug 17, 2009

I'm vegan, and it is so easy, fun, and exciting. The food is delicious too!

8:02AM PDT on Aug 16, 2009

Every day

3:58PM PDT on Aug 15, 2009

More than one!!!

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