The Super Power in Meatless Mondays

April 18th, 2016


In celebration of Earth Month, each Monday in April we’re highlighting an environmental benefit of cutting out meat, one day a week. This week we focus on saving energy.

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On this Earth Day, April 22, two superpowers – China and the United States – will be the first to sign the historic Paris agreement to save the environment. After 55 countries (representing 55 percent) of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change also sign, the coalition can begin to take real steps toward a zero-carbon and climate-resilient world.

But when it comes to saving energy, the real superpower is YOU! Every choice you make counts. Choosing to go meatless one day a week can save significant energy resources. Here’s why.

To produce one pound of grain-fed beef in the United States takes about a gallon of gasoline. To provide the American family of four with their average annual beef consumption requires over 284 gallons of fossil fuel. And that’s just one family. If we take the huge amount of grain the global meat industry uses to put beef on our plates, we could literally feed ­­­- for the same amount of energy – about 840 million people worldwide.

Let’s break it down: with the energy it takes to create one burger you could charge your iPhone for 4.5 years.

Or, forgo that burger and save the carbon equivalent of driving your car every day for a month.

At Meatless Monday, we believe dining on healthy meatless dishes one day a week is a super-powerful way to save energy and help the planet. Let’s go for it!