Meatless Monday & Earth Month: Good Food from the Good Earth

April 3rd, 2017


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Welcome to April, also known as Earth Month. At Meatless Monday, we love this time of year. As the weather turns warmer, our thoughts turn to dark, rich soil and a fresh crop of flavorful fruits and veggies.

As you may have noticed, the health of our planet is getting more attention these days. And that’s a good thing. More and more people are beginning to realize the substantial amount of energy and natural resources that are required to produce meat.

For instance, to produce a single ¼ lb. hamburger, you need 450 gallons of water. [1] (You read that right. It’s not a typo.) In other words, 7,200 glasses of water for just one burger!

No wonder we’re excited that so many people support Meatless Monday around the world. (We’re active in over 40 countries and counting!) Just by choosing to skip meat one day a week, you can make a real difference. In fact, The New York Times recently reported that Americans reduced their beef consumption 19% from 2005 to 2014. And less meat also means less heat. That’s because producing meat creates considerable greenhouse gases, which scientists believe are the primary cause of global warming.

In comparison, producing plant-based food requires far less natural resources. In fact, it takes less than 1/10th the energy to produce plant-based protein as opposed to meat-based protein[2] – a practice that’s far more sustainable for our planet.

The official Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22nd, but the way we look at it, Earth Day is every day. And we encourage you to do your part. Choose not to eat meat at least one day a week. And if you want to help preserve and protect our planet, pass this article along to your friends and family. Together, let’s change the world for the better.

To get you in the mood for a new Spring harvest, here’s one of our favorite seasonal meatless recipes.

Pasta Primavera

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References:

[1] [2]Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future.