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week 6: meatless Mondays

the real cost of meat

Many environmentalists underestimate the impact of reducing meat consumption. Nearly 60 percent of the carbon footprint of the average American diet comes from animal products, and meat is responsible for land degradation, water pollution, and the direct endangerment and death of wildlife.

 

Meat consumption is a major driver of climate change, the extinction crisis and many other environmental problems. Animal agriculture accounts for at least 14.5 percent — and, according to some studies, as much as 51 percent — of greenhouse gas emissions (more than cars, trains and airplanes combined). From growing feed crops to livestock grazing to handling the 500 million tons of manure generated by U.S. livestock each year, meat production destroys natural habitat and ecosystems at an alarming rate. And wildlife also pays a direct price in order to protect the meat industry’s profits: Whether they pose a potential threat of preying on herds or eating livestock feed, native species are routinely killed by Big Ag, often in great numbers and ruthlessly.

the challenge:

Incorporate one meatless meal into your weekly menu. Visit Heart & Stroke Canada's vegetarian recipe page for great ideas. For example, by cutting just one pound of beef from your menu each week, you could save over 130,000 gallons of water & 2500 sq. ft. of rainforest each year.

helpful links

Shop at Mill Market for fresh local produce

Tandoori Gardan serves up great vegetarian options

View Cafe Natura's menu of the day

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