Although forgoing meat also helps fight world hunger (and the issue of obesity), it's also proven to be kinder to Mother Earth, even if you're just skipping out on animal protein one day each week. To learn a few of the environmental benefits of going meat-free once a week, keep reading.
- Going meatless helps reduce your carbon footprint. As demand for meat continues to grow globally, so do greenhouse gas emissions: the meat industry generates almost 20 percent of the man-made gas emissions that are accelerating climate change. That's even more than transportation.
- Meat-free Mondays help minimize our water crisis. In California, soy-based tofu requires 220 gallons of water per pound. Compare this to a single pound of beef, which requires an estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water. That's eight to 11 times as much H20!
- Skipping animal protein helps reduce our fossil fuel dependence. Controlling our consumption of meat helps cut fossil fuel demand: on average, 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feedlot beef. In contrast, 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy go into one calorie of plant-based protein.
- Eating less livestock is good for our aquatic systems. In America, 80 percent of the aquatic habitats in streams have been negatively impacted by the grazing of livestock, whether it's due to waste release from animal farms or reduced species diversity.
How often, if ever, do you take part in Meatless Mondays?