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In Support of Meatless Monday, Tues, Wed, etc.

What is up with the USDA? Call me crazy, but doesn’t USDA stand for United States Department of Agriculture? Does the USDA only recommend a daily meat diet? What silliness . . . first some thoughtful editor/writer posted a recommendation to consider joining in the Meatless Monday campaign and reduce meat consumption ONE DAY a week in their ‘Greening Headquarters Update’ internal newsletter. Then, someone at the USDA freaked out and they retracted it. Let the media firestorm begin!

I was scheduled to be on a TV morning show called Ebru Today Monday morning the week of the meatless media poo-storm (ironic it was a Monday, never thought of that). I picked my topic a couple of weeks prior and planned to talk about the importance of understanding how our food impacts the environment. Of course I included Meatless Monday as a great idea and the organization as a wonderful resource. This was pure serendipity. Unfortunately, I had been up all night the night before the  interview having fun with a young confused bat who got into our bedroom. Needless to say, I was NOT on my ‘A’ game, but I got a few points across.

Here are some great reasons to consider at least cutting back on your meat intake, if not going all the way to being a vegetarian or vegan!

The environmental impact of meat and meat production

  • Smithsonian Institute estimates that 7 football fields worth of land/forest is bulldozed every MINUTE to make room for livestock. This reduces the CO2 cleaning effect of the forest and trees, while adding the burden on resources like soil and water. It also creates additional CO2!
  • Over 260 million acres of forest have been cleared to grow grain for livestock – in the US alone!
  • The UN (United Nations) Food & Agriculture Organization calculates that at least 20% of the green house gases caused by humans is caused by livestock and meat production – that’s MORE than transportation!
  • It takes 1800 – 2500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef v. 220 gallons to produce a pound of tofu

For your health [from MeatlessMonday.com]

 

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5:14AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

thank you for sharing

7:48AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Interesting points thanks for the share

5:50PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

thanks, interesting article, interesting comments...

5:48AM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

Interesting, thanks.

12:39AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Great article, thanks so much!!

6:58AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Very interesting. Thanks.

5:09PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Don't take it so personal, guys. She's just giving us the facts so we can make an informed decision.

2:13PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

"perhaps i've not stated things clearly enough. i totally support smaller, family-owned, grass-fed, sustainably-minded farms such as the one you described! i think this is more about 'factory' livestock production. i think factory farming in general is an environmental issue and the more we can get with smaller, regionally sustainable agriculture systems the better off we'll all be." - megan m.

Perhaps you should have included this statement into the body of your article. As it stands, no one would have guessed this about your personal philosophy on raising meat animals.

2:36AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thanks, although we have meatless days in my home, I don't make a big thing out of it, just live healthily and eat what I want. I'm not into putting labels on everything.

3:37PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

We all know the effects of beef, esp. pink slime...But, you need a deck of card size of meat for protein. Don't tell me to get my protein in other ways. And please quit shoving veganism down my throat. We can have some meats, and not everyday. We do have other choices, you know. Yes I love protein shakes, but is it enough? eating nuts, sunflower seeds, etc, can get boring. You are you, and I am I. thanks I prefer the ratio of things in perspective for healthy eating.

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