The City of Vancouver has proclaimed that Monday June 10th, 2013 will be known as Meatless Monday.Vancouver is the first Canadian city to endorse Meatless Monday, a growing movement that encourages citizens to eat less meat for environmental and health reason. On that day people will be urged to go meatless.
Don’t worry carnivores, you can still eat meat before and afterwards, even during. However, one day without bacon wouldn’t hurt you.
From their website:
It’s not about going vegetarian. (Though that is a great choice.)
It’s about healthy, sustainable eating. It’s about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s about doing what we can to slow down global warming. And it starts with you.
But why is this initiative so important?
Animal agriculture is responsible for a whopping 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. That’s more than all forms of transportation combined – on the entire planet!
The emissions come from methane in animal manure, nitrous oxide from fertilizer used to grow animal feed, and the cutting down of forests for grazing land.
Are there health benefits from going meatless?
Reducing your meat intake can lessen your own risk for developing chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.