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
To encourage this the FDA coined the terms “Meatless Monday” and “Wheat-less
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,
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,
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!