Meatless Monday

Most people have heard about the connection between not eating meat and helping the environment.

Have you heard about Meatless Monday?  This is an international movement to get people to stop eating meat one day a week. It has been embraced all over the world.  The news media has picked up this story, schools, workplaces and families have all gotten on board to try alternatives and  help make a difference.

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The news has  run many stories about the connection to factory farming of animals (pigs) and the H1N1 Swine flu outbreak we are currently experiencing. There is no doubt that the unnatural lives that food animals live and the amount of diseases, antibiotics and hormones that are linked to animals raised in factory farms is alarming.

How can eating a plant based diet help the environment? Besides the amount of suffering and misery that would instantly stop, the pollution from animal waste, food grown for animals instead of people, energy to raise, kill, transport and process animals, would have a huge impact on the health of the planet.

There are a lot of places to turn to for alternative options. The top two are;

Earthsave is an organization that provides information and support to people who want to choose a plant based diet. This organization was stared by John Robbins, the son of Baskin Robbins, owner of the self-named ice cream empire.

PETA- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been around for 30 years. They have a lot of high profile spokes people, from Paul McCartney to Pamela Anderson. Their main focus is  in four areas, Factory farming, Fur farming, Animal testing, and animals in entertainment.

Choosing to “go vegetarian” or even VEGAN is a major shift in not only diet, but also lifestyle. It does not mean you must only eat beans, tofu or vegetables. There are thousands of recipes online and in the library and bookstores.

There are as many benefits to eating a plant based diet, even one day a week. Not only a healthier planet and  body, money savings and not participating in the pain and suffering of animals.

For whatever reason you choose to stop eating meat, it is a decision that will change your life forever, it will make a difference to the planet in numerous ways and it is a decision you will never regret.

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