Dr. Rachendra Pachauri, a scientist for the United Nations, estimates that from clearing land for grazing to cattle bodily emissions, the meat industry is responsible for almost a fifth of all greenhouse gases. It is also estimated that meat consumption is expected to nearly double to more than 465 million tons by 2050. Alarmed by these high numbers cities, celebrities, universities, and chefs alike are embracing a national movement to reduce meat consumption.
It’s called Meatless Monday, a one day a week moritorium on meat. The non-profit initiative, in association with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, hopes to help Americans reduce their meat consumption by 15 percent to improve public health and to also reduce our carbon footprint. The website offers meatless recipes, reading and viewing materials, and the nutritional benefits of particular foods. You can also see who else is joining the “movement”.
Food Network star and restaurantuer Mario Batali is the most recent celebrity to jump on the Meatless Monday bandwagon, and he’s incorporating it in his 14 restaurants across the country. “The fact is, most people in the U.S. eat way more meat than is good for them or the planet,” says Batali. “Asking everyone to go vegetarian or vegan isn’t a realistic or attainable goal. But we can focus on a more plant-based diet, and support the farmers who raise their animals humanely and sustainably. That’s why I’m such a big believer in the Meatless Monday movement.”
Will you make the pledge to go meatless on Mondays?