Spring for a Cleaner Planet — Every Meatless Monday

April 11th, 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 greenhouse gas emissions.


Did you know you could change your carbon imprint just by going meatless one day a week?

It’s true. A 2013 study by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization reports that meat production generates more greenhouse gases than all the world’s cars, planes, trains, and ships combined. That adds up to an estimated 15 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions.

So, simply by changing what’s on your plate, you can help the planet breathe more easily. Animal-based food products rank high on the CO2 emission chart. But luckily, some of our most delicious foods are far more environmentally friendly. Legumes, fruits and veggies all leave a much lower CO2 trace.

Meatless Monday gives you an easy opportunity – one day a week – to make your personal mark on the environment. And Spring is such a great time to explore local seasonal produce for a meatless feast. Check out our delicious round-up of 15 seasonal springtime recipes!

And if you don’t want to cook, chances are you can find a restaurant nearby that is celebrating Meatless Monday as well.