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#ExeGoGreen22- Meat Free Monday

#ExeGoGreen22- Meat Free Monday

Want to improve your health and do your bit in helping the environment? Learn more about how switching to a plant-based diet once a week can make a difference

Why is Meat Free Monday important?

Taking a day a week to eat no meat highlights the environmental issues associated with meat consumption. Meat eating is contributing significantly to climate change. Without changing the way we eat to more plant-based diets, we cannot reduce global warming to the lowest safe limit, even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases immediately.

Participating in Meat Free Monday is also good for your body and the wider global community! Consuming a plant-based diet for one day a week can reduce your risk of serious illness and extend your life. Eating less meat helps to reduce world hunger as livestock production requires disproportionate amounts of grain.

Livestock farming produces substantial global greenhouse gas emissions. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN estimates that farming livestock creates 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Eating meat impacts the climate, worsening the greenhouse gas effect (where greenhouse gases reflect heat back towards earth, resulting in a warming climate. By participating in Meat Free Monday every week for a year: you would save the same amount of greenhouse gases as driving from London to Edinburgh (380 miles!).

By eating no meat on a Monday you will improve your health; someone who eats no processed red meat could extend their life by 46 minutes per meat free day (compared to someone eating 100g of processed red meat per day). You will also lessen the strain you put on the world’s food resources; it can take up to 12kg of grain to produce 1kg of meat as animals convert plant protein into meat protein very inefficiently.

Would you like more information about Meat Free Monday? Follow this link.

 

 

 

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