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Meat Free Monday

When I was researching different soy milks a few weeks back when I first started trying to find an alternative for cows milk. I stumbled across Meat Free Monday's Twitter page. Which I then went on to check out their website.

Meat Free Monday was started ten years ago by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney.

'Meat Free Monday is a non-profit campaign which aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of animal agriculture and industrial fishing. The campaign encourages people to help slow climate change, conserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one plant-based day each week' 
(quoted from the about page on Meat Free Monday's website)

I've either been living under a rock or something because this is the first I've heard about Meat Free Monday and I can't believe people haven't been shouting about this from the rooftops. I think it's a brilliant idea and literally something we all should do and something we all can do so easily.

It's just what it says on the tin 'Meat Free Monday'.

Every Monday or whatever day suits you in fact you literally have a meat free day.

Mark and I are the first to admit that we're 'meat eating vegetarians'. I know it's so bad, we do love animals, but of course we have been eating meat our whole lives. It is something we would like to change. Meat Free Monday seems to be a great place to start.

I've already started to embark on changing cows milk for soy or oat milk, you can read my post on finding an alternative for cows milk here. That I have found easy actually. I'm liking soy and oat milk and I'm not really missing cows milk at all. 

So back to Meat Free Monday. By going just one day a week without meat makes an incredible difference to the world. 

If everybody in the UK for example chose to have one day a week completely meat free for one year we'd save:

nearly half a million cows
219 million chickens
3 billion fish or prawns

Those figures are completely insane, who would of thought just from not eating meat for one day a week! Wow!

I'm definitely doing this and hopefully I'll be able to gradually make it more then one day a week meat free and then hopefully all days!

Along with saving billions of animals by doing Meat Free Monday we also help the planet and climate change. It's also a lot healthier for us. On the website it states that if we ate meat no more then 3 times a week it could prevent 31,000 deaths related to heart disease, 9,000 from cancer, 5,000 from strokes and save the NHS £1.2 billion in costs each year. 

And it's a lot better on our bank balance too! 

I got all my info from reading Meat Free Monday's website. I found the website really informative (obviously because I'm sharing it with you all!) Easy reading and there's also recipes and info on how you can get involved too.

Do you think you'd be able to have at least one day a week meat free? Is it something you already do? Are you like me and becoming more and more aware of the horrendous torture animals are put through and the damage it's causing our planet? 

x Heather


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