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Eating eco friendly

switching to a plant based diet is more eco friendly
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Skipping meat once a week is a great way to kick start healthy eating habits while saving the planet. Why eat meat, when there is so much yummy vegetables and fruits around us? Eating eco-friendly is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint and shed those pounds too.

Did you know if everyone on the planet went without meat for one day per week, we could reduce emissions by an estimated 1.0 gigaton per year. That’s equal to taking 273 million cars off the road. This is based on current data and consumption patterns.

What is Meatless Monday?

Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet.

Wikipedia

Resisting meat and having 3 vegetarian or better still vegan meals on Monday reminds you that eating well brings about good health for the rest of week. You start as you mean to go on. This is the reasoning behind going meatless on Monday.

Why is eating less meat eco-friendly?

Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, according to a major report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which says the West’s high consumption of meat and dairy is fuelling global warming.

BBC Science

According to a number of scientific studies, avoiding meat and dairy products is one of the biggest ways to reduce your environmental impact as more than half (58%) of food based green house gas emissions comes from animal products. Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, according to a major report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Chart: A quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions come from food

What do I eat and what do I avoid?

BBC has collated the information from various research outlets and has simplified the data for easy access. Click on the image below to take you the footprint calculator.

Please note: This calculator uses data that is averaged and it’s not absolute with regards to your location and food import locations. It’s provides an excellent starting point and as your interest in the subject increases, you can start looking into the absolutes of your diet and lifestyle and calculate a carbon footprint.

Oh! I need new recipes!

Eating eco-friendly meals is not very difficult. Let ne help you with finding interesting and tasty recipes .

If you are looking for a simple vegan recipe to start with, check out the Lentil Dal recipe here on this blog. It’s simple, wholesome and 1 pot cooking at its best. For more recipes, do check out BBC Good Food – Vegetarian and Vegan recipe sections. Food photography is amazing and you will never go hungry with the wealth of recipes on there.

Do you need more stats and facts?

Go to GreenFuture.io for some very interesting statistics and facts on going meatless – https://greenfuture.io/healthy-eating/meatless-monday

Please check out the health impacts of eating a meat based diet here. https://foodrevolution.org/blog/plant-protein-vs-animal-protein-heart-health/

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