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Meat-Free Monday

Paul McCartney's new campaign to eat better & save the planet
at the same time!

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Meat Free Monday is an environmental campaign started by Paul McCartney and his family to raise awareness of the climate-changing impact of meat production and consumption. Backed by celebrities ranging from Yoko Ono to Sheryl Crow, McCartney launched this program in 2009 and has information about it available at all of his concerts.
Many people are unaware that livestock production is responsible for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions--more than the entire transport sector. States Paul McCartney: "Having one designated meat free day a week is actually a meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once."
By making a simple change in the way you eat, you are taking part in a world changing campaign where what's good for you is also good for the planet. For instance:

* Less Pollution

Depending on where and how it is produced, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that the livestock industry is responsible for between 13.5 and 18% of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

* Making a Political Statement
Politicians follow. They don't lead. And because of meat's association with affluence and the fear that asking people to eat less meat might make them unpopular, most politicians shy away from this issue. So the best hope for change lies in average people becoming more aware of the true costs of industrial meat production and taking action themselves.

* Alleviating World Hunger
Currently some 800 million people on the planet now suffer from hunger or malnutrition, while the majority of corn and soya grown in the world (which could be feeding them) goes to feed cattle, pigs and chickens. By some estimates 20 vegetarians can be fed on the amount of land needed to feed one person consuming a meat-based diet.

* Better Health
Most of us eat more meat and other protein rich foods than we need to stay healthy. In 2007 the World Cancer Research Fund report recommended limiting the consumption of red meats such as beef, pork and lamb because of a "convincing" link with colorectal cancer. Links have also been found between high meat diets and obesity and heart disease.

* Protecting Animal Rights
According to the Worldwatch Institute, globally some 56 billion animals are raised and slaughtered for food each year. Of these 67% are grown on industrial "factory" farms. Factory farms are sources of cruelty and waste on scales unimaginable to most of us. Under such conditions, animals are kept "healthy" with regular doses of antibiotics--traces of which can remain in the meat we eat, and which have been associated with the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria in animals and humans.

The scale of the problems we face can make many of us feel helpless, and yet each of us has the power to make changes in our lives that can have a meaningful impact on the future. Having a Meat Free Monday will make a big difference!

Learn more about how you can participate in the Meat Free Monday campaign at www.supportmfm.org

Reprinted with permission from www.supportmfm.org


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