Meatless Monday is a movement some adopt for health benefits and others for the environment. While it might be difficult to imagine that just one day a week, four days a month, or 52 days a year could have much of an impact, that is all it takes to create a positive ripple.
The Environmental Benefits Of Meatless Monday
Processing meat for mass consumption requires a lot of natural resources. Some might even argue the average American consumes more animal protein than they require to thrive. So, if not a Meatless Monday, maybe focus more on portion control.
While it is not an exact science and the impact lessens if you buy from a local farmer, on average, 4 meatless days a month:
- Save 33,000 gallons of water
- Save 900 square feet of forests
- Eliminate 600 pounds of CO2gas
These estimates are per person who goes meatless.
Why One Meatless Day Is Good For You
Animal protein is an excellent source of protein and a long list of essential vitamins and minerals. However, there are many tasty nuts, seeds, veggies, and vegan proteins you can turn to for your Meatless Monday, without feeling as if you are depriving yourself. While you could select 3 meals a week to enjoy the same environmental benefits of going meatless, a full day of going meat-free is a better approach for your body.
Since meat-free proteins are easier to digest, you will give your body one day a week it doesn’t have to work quite as hard. This can improve your overall digestion and infuses your body with more immunity-boosting antioxidants. The overall benefits are even more apparent if you do 4 straight days in a row.
No matter how you break it up, changing your consumption is good for your body and the environment.