Would you go vegetarian one day a week if it meant better health and a better environment?
The team behind the international “Meatless Monday” campaign definitely hopes so. Starting back in 2003, they asked schools and students to serve meatless meals on Mondays as a way to raise awareness about the effects of eating meat on our bodies and on the environment.
As the world’s population grows and obesity levels rise, many scientists are worried about the amount of meat that the world consumes. Today’s average American eats as much as 75 more pounds of meat each year than in years past, and raising animals for meat consumption uses up valuable resources like land and water. Experts predict that in 2050, the world will have an estimated 9 billion people, and statistics show that it’ll be hard to feed everyone if current trends continue.
That’s why schools and families across the nation have been pledging not to eat meat on Mondays. By replacing meat with other protein sources, like vegetables, beans and eggs, people who participate in Meatless Mondays hope to feel healthier and reduce their impact on the planet.
The movement has taken off online, with thousands of recipes, tweets and blogs dedicated to providing people with realistic ways to avoid meat on Mondays, and perhaps even for good!
We wanted to know whether you thought Meatless Mondays should be the next big thing, and here are the results:
I say yes because it would be fair for the vegetarians out there that can’t eat meat. Usually Tuesday-Friday lunches have some kind of meat in it.
MEH MEAT WILL LIVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YES!!!!!! NO MORE NASTY MEAT ON MONDAY!!!!!! I think the meat should never be served. At my school, it is NASTY!!!!!
I would say take out the meat. One way some people are already vegetarians and so they never really get to eat the lunch. My last reason is some people eat too much and it would be great for our health. Green it
Meat is fine where it’s at don’t try to ruin what we have for lunch each day!
No way! I like my meat. Its like the only thing that fills me up.
its a good idea because it helps our physical health
lets get our beef on
exactly we have a right to eat meat. BEEF IT ON!!!!
Yeah I think so.
I love meat, too! But I don’t necessarily like veggies either. I eat vegetables everyday because I know that they are good for me. I think this is a great idea because we need to cut down on obesity in the U.S. They may not taste very good, but they are very healthy. There are too many obese people. If you like playing outside and doing other exercises/activities then you need to stay fit. Eating veggies is the best way to stay fit, healthy, and happy. How many obese people do you see in a single day? That’s a lot, I know. That’s why I think this idea is so great and should be put into action as soon as possible.
I see about 10 to 15 people that are obese every day!!!!!!!!! That’s a lot! 😀