24 Jan #MeatFreeMonday
Many of us are now very aware of our carbon footprint and want to reduce it as much as we possibly can. #MeatFreeMonday is a weekly reminder for all of us to restart healthy habits and help the environment. By becoming a vegetarian or vegan, or merely cutting down on your personal meat consumption with one meat-free day every week, is the single most effective action that you can do to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Animal agriculture in South Africa is a significant source of other greenhouse gases. For example, ruminant animals like cattle produce methane, which is a greenhouse gas about 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
The livestock sector also contributes to global warming through deforestation caused by the expansion of pastureland, as well as arable land used to grow and feed crops.
Although fossil fuels are responsible for over 10 times more human-caused greenhouse gas emissions than animal agriculture, this does not minimize the significant global warming impact of animal agriculture on the environment.
In addition to the apparent environmental benefits, consuming less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Incorporate #MeatFreeMondays into your daily routine to help curb obesity and improve the overall nutritional quality of your diet.
It is considerably more sustainable to grow a crop and eat it yourself, than to grow a crop, feed it to an animal as it builds up muscle mass, then eat the animal. #MeatFreeMonday is an awesome way for everyone to directly make an impact towards this issue by eating sustainably.
Keep an eye on our blog as we scour the internet for the best #MeatFreeMonday recipes, just for you!
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