In The News: More to Enjoy Meatless Dishes in 2012

| 3/14/2012 1:51:16 PM

J.PattonAccording to USDA projections, Americans will eat 12 percent less meat and poultry in 2012 than they consumed five years ago. This could be due to recent efforts, such as the Meatless Monday campaign, to shift Americans toward a diet with more meatless dishes. 

The Meatless Monday campaign began in 2003, urging Americans to start their workweeks off vegetarian style. It has been recognized by people such as James Cameron, Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Capshaw and others.

The reason for this movement?

Well. there are many. One driving force behind the cause is the health of the American population. On average, Americans eat 1/2 pound of meat a day. If you do the math, that’s 180 pounds of meat a year, which is twice the amount of meat Americans ate in 1960. Studies have shown that eating that much meat can be detrimental to your health. Diets high in red meat put individuals at an increased risk for cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes.

Campaigns like Meatless Monday encourage people to reduce the amount of
meat they consume to help benefit themselves and the planet.
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The campaign claims that we’re not just harming ourselves; we’re also hurting the planet. Twenty percent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions is attributed to the meat industry. These emissions contribute to global warming and climate change.