I have pondered the idea of going vegetarian, as we harvested our dear pig Sling Blade, as well as some chickens. We grow our own food so we know our food comes from happy and healthy animals, who are not raised in cramped quarters being fed growth hormones and antibiotics. I am not sure my family and I could not eat meat, but I am sure we could go vegetarian once a week.
I stumbled across this article today in the Huff Post Green. I now declare that I will subscribe to a Meatless Monday and talk my family into joining me. We can be part time vegetarians, and if we encourage others to join this movement, just imagine the positive impact on ourselves and others.
Becoming vegetarian (even part time) can lead to better health practices. From obesity and cancer to heart disease and diabetes, eating more vegetables and consuming less meat is a huge step towards health and well being. When your Mother told you to "eat your vegetables" she was helping you to be healthy. Listen to your Mother!
Another aspect of Meatless Monday is also for better health for the environment. Industrial meat production uses large amounts of grain, water and fossil fuel. I was very surprised to find that a 400-page United Nations report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states that the livestock sector is "responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions "The production of cattle to feed and clothe humans stresses ecosystems around the world, and is assessed to be one of the top three environmental problems in the world on a local to global scale." Most of us do not even think that our food, is contributing to our environment.
Join me and others as we participate in Meatless Monday Check out there website and "like" them on their Meatless Monday Facebook page.