The initiative Meatless Monday aims to reduce the amount of meat that gets eaten by 15% in order to reduce global carbon. With stars like Paul McCartney, Chris Martin, Joanna Lumley and Ricky Gervais supporting the campaign, I was interested to find out why.
According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, the process of meat production for consumption generates around a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions. The meat industry also uses more resources than other froms of food production; water is heavily relied on, as is fossil fuel.
Believe it or not, there are also health benefits as well as environmental ones. Eating less meat and eating more plants means your diet will be higher in fibre- essential for the digestive system and maintaining your weight. It also stands to reason that eating more vegetables, plants and pulses probably means consuming less saturated fat and in turn may reduce the risk of high cholesterol and heart disease.
Having a meatless Monday may be something to try for the rest of lent, if you enjoy it why not carry it on?!