Make it a Meatless Monday
To increase both health and environmental awareness, Mount Sinai has launched Meatless Mondays in the Plaza Café. Meatless Monday is part of a national public health movement that encourages individuals to dedicate the first day of every week to bettering their health.
Each Monday, the Plaza Café serves more meatless products to encourage employees and visitors to reduce their meat consumption. By going meatless, cafeteria visitors help reduce their risk of chronic preventable diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Reducing meat consumption has been shown to:
- Limit cancer risk, including risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.
- Reduce risk of heart disease.
- Fight obesity and curb diabetes.
- Allow you to improve your diet and live longer.
In addition to improving health, going meatless is also provides environmental benefits. By reducing meat consumption, we also minimize water usage, reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, and decrease our carbon footprints.
Going meatless helps reduce water consumption.
According to the Water Education Foundation, 1800 to 2500 gallons of water go into every single pound of beef. This means that 15% to 25% of the world’s water supply is used to sustain livestock.
By reducing our meat consumption, we also reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.
On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S., says the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. When compared to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein, this number is extremely significant.
A meatless diet helps reduce our carbon footprints.
The meat industry produces one-fifth of the world’s man-made greenhouse gas emissions, says the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. As meat demand continues to grow, this accelerates climate change.