Meatless Monday

                 What's your Food-Print?                   

During World War I the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urged citizens to consume fewer key food staples such as meat, wheat, and sugar.

The reason was that these foods cost more to produce and by cutting these foods out, Americans could help support the Nations economy.

To encourage this the FDA coined the terms “Meatless Monday” and “Wheat-less Wednesday”.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimate that meat industry generates 1/5 of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, animal agriculture is the leading consumer of water resources in the United States.

Animal protein production requires more than eight times as much fossil fuel energy as that of plant protein. Compounding the problem is the fact that Americans consume 45% more meat than the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends. 

Not only does reducing meat consumption help protect the environment,
it also helps protect your health.

Reducing meat consumption, particularly red meat, has been linked to a reduction in colon cancer because red, cured, and processed meats have the highest amounts of carcinogens, which are thought to cause cancer.

You can also improve your overall diet by lowering your meat intake since meat often has higher saturated fat and cholesterol levels than most plant based proteins.

For most of the history of humanity, meat has been more of a condiment—a highly flavorful, protein-packed flavoring agent or side ingredient. Our bodies are not equipped to handle the large amount of meat we have grown up believing was “normal”. 

"Meatless Monday" is not only about eating vegetarian for a day,
it's also about eating local.

Most food travels over 1,000 miles but meat averages about 1,800 miles.

Small scale/ sustainable farms create one half to two-thirds less carbon dioxide and can also act as carbon sinks, sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. Buying local helps support and boost your own region’s economy; additionally you will know where your food has actually come from.

Fresh produce, meat, and dairy products are better for your health than their prepackaged, processed counterparts.

Attached is the "Meatless Monday" main and side posters for the tri-fold display board you will set up on your table each day of the Sustainable Living Week campaign, and the daily handout -- preferably printed two to a page, double-sided, of course!

Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 24, 2011, 6:50 PM
Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 24, 2011, 6:48 PM
Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 24, 2011, 6:48 PM