While traveling on a business trip awhile ago, I read an article in Men’s Fitness magazine about something called the Meatless Monday Movement. It made me start to think…and gave me some very interesting takeaways:
- It takes 1,846 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef. It only takes 39 gallons of water to yield the same amount of veggies.
- Farm-animal waste is funneled into football field size lagoons that release toxic gases such as nitrous oxide and methane.
The first point was shocking and yes, the second one was even more shocking than the first. I could not believe this when I read the article. The article even went on to say that if everyone gave up meat and cheese for just one day, once a week for a year, the impact on greenhouse gases would be the equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road. Yes, I said MILLION!
I want to be up front and say I am not a vegetarian and I am not a vegan because I do like to eat chicken, fish and turkey, mostly. I am not someone who likes to eat a lot of red meat but will have a burger every now and then.
This article, though. It really made me think. What if I started a Meatless Monday in my house? Would my husband go along with it? When I read this article, I wasn’t sure. I thought it was something worth trying, though. I thought if i could slowly incorporate this idea into my house it wouldn’t be so hard to do. I would be doing my part for the world and we would be eating clean and healthy.
We tried it and it’s worked. There are a few meals we have each week now that are meatless and it’s been kind of fun coming up with different meals. One of my favorites is my Southwestern Tacos. If you really cannot remove meat from your diet, then my recommendation is to choose antibiotic-free, pasture raised beef and antibiotic-free, free-range chicken that are raised using sustainable farming practices. You may have to do some research to find farmers in your area but they are out there.
Have you tried Meatless Monday in your house? Share your favorite recipe below and help those thinking of joining the Movement.