Sustainable Eating With Meatless Mondays

Posted on Apr 10 2013 - 9:38pm by Dayna Hathaway


HiResInterested in eating more sustainably, but don’t know how? What about going meatless once a week?

Of everything we eat, meat is the biggest offender. Raising livestock is a much more intensive endeavor than growing plants. It takes massive amounts of food, water, land, and energy to grow and transport the animals that become your favorite burgers and sausages.

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, producing meat contributes more to climate change than the transportation sector. Cows, pigs, and the like produce nearly one-fifth of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

You don’t have to become a vegetarian to reduce your carbon footprint. There’s a movement afoot to encourage eaters to give up meat once a week as a way of improving the health of both the planet and its people.

Which day to go Earth-friendly? Make it a Monday.

The Meatless Monday campaign, a non-profit initiative associated with Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, helps people start their week with meat-free options. The campaign’s goal is to drive down meat consumption by 15 percent.

Americans eat around eight ounces of meat a day, around twice the average around the world. That means we each eat some 200 pounds per year, 50 pounds more than we ate 50 years ago.

Reducing that total by 15 percent would make only a dent, but we’d be moving toward a more sustainable future and improving our health at the same time.

Interested? Visit the Meatless Monday website for encouragement and recipe ideas, as well as the latest news on which celebrities are going meatless once a week (Sir Richard Branson and Giada De Laurentiis, to name a couple).

Are you going meatless on Mondays? What is your favorite meat-free recipe?


About Dayna Hathaway

Dayna Hathaway has been with Extra Space Storage for over 10 years, contributing to our success as we’ve grown to become the 2nd largest self storage company in the country. When she started there were under 20 facilities and now there are over 900 storage facilities across the US!

Dayna has three growing boys and spends most of her free time with her family; be it soccer games, homework or carpooling her boys to various activities she enjoys her houseful of high quality boys. Dayna loves the beauty of the Wasatch front and makes sure to carve time out to enjoy it year round, preferably cycling up Emigration canyon or skiing in the mountains.

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