Today I encourage you to eat Meat Free today or encourage a friend or family member to do so!
Why? Lot’s of reasons. Reducing the amount of meat in your diet limits your risk of cancer, heart disease and obesity. People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights. You’ll weigh less and live longer. And that is pretty awesome.
Reducing the amount of meat made is also kind to Mother Earth. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide… far more than transportation. The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains.
Then there is the issue of animal cruelty. I know this is not a topic that many people like to think about. But, briefly put, those animals are not living very happy lives. If you are not familiar with factory farm practices, I encourage you to read Mad Cowboy by Howard Lyman. It is an honest and powerful account of the factory farm industry.
You can find tons of vegetarian and vegan recipes on this blog (I’ll be adding more!), on the internet, and the Meatless Monday Web site.
*If you do eat meat, I strongly recommend grass-fed, hormone-free, locally-raised options.