By now you know I’m doing meat-free Monday as part of my new year’s resolutions. Reducing my carbon footprint, improving my health and eating more hummus are my 2019 goals.
When I started out on this journey I had no idea just how much of an impact plant-based eating has on the environment. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual's carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent
Reducing animal-based foods eases environmental impact with immediate and positive results. It is more effective than recycling, cycling to work or taking a 1-minute showers. This is why:
It will reduce your greenhouse emissions (The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions).
It lessens your water and energy use (it takes over 15 000 litres of water to make 1kg of beef)
Animal agriculture uses vast amounts of land (almost a third of arable land worldwide). This is why it is such a big cause of deforestation and desertification. So if you want to reduce the extinction of whole species – reducing your animal product intake is key.
Did you know that animal agriculture is the leading cause of water pollution and ocean dead zones? Animal manure is often used, untreated, as fertilizer for crops which releases hundreds of toxins into the soil, and thus our groundwater, rivers and oceans.
The air around factory farms often contain a whole host of toxins at too-high levels. So, less factory farms, equals cleaner air.
That said, here is this week's meat-free Monday dinner!
Fridays have become Fry's Friday in our home, with our usual burgers being swapped for Fry's burgers. Burgers are great the traditional way, in a bun, or they can be the base of a quick, healthy dinner. Tonight we're having burger stacks with the Fry's Traditional Burgers.
Fry's Traditional Burgers
2 large tomatoes, sliced
2 avocados, sliced
4 slices cheese of your choice*
4 large lettuce leaves
Kimchi (homemade or bought)
Cook the Fry's Traditional Burgers according to the package, during the last minute of cooking add a slice of cheese to each one and allow to melt.
Stack each burger with lettuce, tomato and avocado and top with kimchi.
*Omit the cheese to make this a vegan meal