Convened in Washington, D.C., the first ever U.S. – China Greener Consumption Forum brought together environmental advocates, green entrepreneurs and others to discuss how the world’s two primary “consumer superpowers” can tackle global health problems affecting the environment.
Meatless Monday Campaign president, Peggy Neu, was on hand to discuss Meatless Monday and the important role the campaign plays as an effective way to address preventable health problems associated with eating too much saturated fat.
“By cutting out meat once a week, you cut saturated fat intake by 15%,” says Neu. “And that simple change reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. It’s one easily implementable yet powerful change people and communities around the globe can make to better their health and the well-being of their families and their environment,” shared Neu.
Meatless Monday also promotes environmental health through the reduction of greenhouse gases, water usage and fossil fuel consumption. Neu was pleased to hear from Chinese representatives active in the green movement that Meatless Monday would appeal to the Chinese because it is an easy and fun way to be green and healthy at the same time.
Since women make the majority of household purchases in the U.S. and China – U.S. women influence 80 percent of consumer purchases and women in China contribute half of all household income and buy more than 50 percent of products – women in these countries wield enormous potential power to not only reduce overall consumption but also improve overall health.