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HuffPost Table Talk: Meatless Mondays

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Monday gets a bad rap — it’s the start of another school week or workweek and the end of weekend relaxation. But it’s also a time to set a plan for the next six days and try to stick to it. That’s the thinking behind “Meatless Mondays,” a global movement to avoid eating meat at the beginning of each week and raise awareness about what it does to our health and the environment.

In this video by the Humane Society, the concept of “Meatless Monday” is broken down to its basics: who supports the initiative, how you can go meat-free with vegetarian options, why skipping meat is good for you and others, and where you can go to learn more about this weekly ritual. According to the video, one of the largest contributors to global warming is animal agriculture — farms that work like factories, pollute the air and soil, and often raise animals in really bad living conditions. “If every American replaced chicken with a nonmeat food for one meal, once a week, it would be like taking half a million cars off the road,” it says.

Besides helping the environment, eating meatless meals helps prevent illnesses like heart disease, cancer, and stroke. And this article by “The Family Dinner” author Laurie David reminds us that there are lots of other ways to get the protein you need, like eating beans, lentils, and grains. Knowledge is power, and one thing we can always know more about is what we put into our bodies and how it affects not only us but everything else, too.

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2 Responses

  1. Lona says:

    How’d you like to be a cow or a pig and never see a green blade of grass ? Give the poor animals a break.

  2. Rachel says:

    This is great, thanks

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