By Devin Miller
Did you know you could make a difference by cutting meat out of your diet one day a
week? Meatless Mondays, an initiative created in association with Johns Hopkins Bloomburg
School of Public Health, is asking the public to say no to meat on the first day of the week. Since
2003, followers of the movement have been reducing their meat consumption.
Going meatless has numerous advantages on your health. Following a vegetarian diet one
day a week may reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease. A study from Imperial College
London shows that limiting overall meat consumption can prevent long-term weight gain. Also,
research has proven that diets high in red and processed meat can increase the risk of Type 2
diabetes. Although, going meatless one day of the week is not the miracle solution to these
problems, it is a step in the right direction that does not take much effort at all!
Not only does going meatless for a day have benefits on your health, but also it has
positive effects on our environment. Limiting meat consumption can reduce your carbon
footprint, and lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. According to the United Nations’ Food and
Agriculture Organization, the meat industry is responsible for producing more man-made
greenhouse gas emissions than the transportation industry.
What is so special about Monday? Monday is the fresh start to the week; the day that sets
the pace for the days to follow. Not matter how hectic of a week we may have ahead of us, we
use Monday to plan and prioritize. The Meatless Monday Web site says that studies have
suggested it is most common for us to keep up with the habits that we begin on Monday.
More than 50 universities and school districts across the country have joined the meatless
movement. Celebrities like Simon Cowell, Kate Moss, and Gwyneth Paltrow, support the
initiative and go meatless once a week. You can join the movement too! By going to the Meatless
Mondays Web site, www.meatlessmondays.com, you can pledge to cut meat out of your diet on
the first day of the week, leading to a healthier you and a cleaner environment!