The idea of “Meatless Monday” has gained significant traction in recent years. It’s a phrase that oftentimes gets animal, environmental, and health advocates excited.
However, even plant-based advocates are sometimes skeptical of a trend (like Meatless Monday) that doesn't call for a fully committed animal-free diet.
So how much impact does reducing your consumption of animal products really have? Is there any point for Jay Z and Beyonce to go plant-based for 22 days if they aren’t committed for life? What’s the reason for anyone to join the Veganuary movement if they will eat meat again starting in February?
Of course there’s a point. And it’s a good one.
One day of eating plant-based is beneficial. Heck, even one meal swapping a beef burger for a Beyond Burger is beneficial.
According to One Green Planet: One day of eating plant-based would...
- Save 3,700 gallons of water
- Use 1/11 of the fossil fuels of a meat-eater’s diet
- Save over 7 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions
- And More!
The health benefits are numerous as well. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics notes that plant-based diets have been proven to lower the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and even some types of cancer!
Whether committed for one day or the rest of your life, there are benefits that simply cannot be ignored.
Just as one kind gesture in our everyday lives – whether holding the door for someone, paying it forward at Starbucks, or volunteering your time to a cause you’re passionate about – should be seen as positive and respected, someone committing to eat plant-based – whether for a meal, a year, or every day of the year – should be encouraged and seen as a positive step.
After all, even one day will save 3,700 gallons of water, 7 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions, and spare an animal’s suffering.
Plus, with the plethora of meat, dairy, and egg replacements available today, making the switch is actually delicious, not some totally self-sacrificial move. So you can feel great about all the good you’re doing, and still eat a delicious burger – just made from plants, not animals!
If you're interested in saving the world this month, it's not too late to try out Veganuary.
At GFI we’re supporting the leap into a healthier, more sustainable, and ethical future within our food system. Learn more about our efforts here.