Healthy eating is all about having a balanced and varied diet, so your body gets all the goodness it needs to keep you looking and feeling great. We love to experiment with new recipes and new ways of cooking here at Collective Purchasing. With veganuary hot in the press at the moment, we wanted a challange! However we didn’t think we were quite ready to go full vegan, or even give up meat altogether; That is when we decided to try Meat Free Mondays!
Meat eater or not you have probably already heard about Meat Free Monday; but you are not sure why or even how you should get involved. Never fear, Collective Purchasing are here to give you a helping hand!
Originally ‘Meatless Monday’ started out as a public health awareness campaign designed to improve general health in the population. This was done by encouraging everyone to moderate their intake of meat by having a meat-free day every week. Fast forward to now and it has gathered more momentum; with celebrities such as Al Gore and Paul McCartney championing its cause. Today, it’s not just a health campaign but also aims to raise awareness of environmental issues associated with eating meat.
‘Scientists agree that we need to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere by 80% by 2050 to have a chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change. This is an enormous challenge, which no single action will achieve; the government and individuals need to work together. It is often difficult however for individuals to identify ways in which they can have a real impact. Having a Meat Free Monday is a simple way for individuals to significantly reduce their emissions.’ (
‘The meat industry is a major source of climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions, mostly methane and nitrous oxide:
– On a global scale, the meat industry generates nearly 1/5 of the man-made greenhouse gases that are accelerating climate change; more than the entire transport sector. Livestock accounts for 9% of global CO2 emissions, 37% of methane and 65% of nitrous oxide emissions.
– Methane is 21 times more powerful than CO2 and nitrous oxide is 310 times more powerful than CO2. Methane remains in the atmosphere for 9 to 15 years; nitrous oxide for 114 years on average and is 296 times more potent than CO2.
– In the EU livestock production is responsible for 15% of GHG emissions; in the UK it is responsible for about 8.5%.
– Meat and dairy products make up a third of humanity’s protein intake, and demand is growing fast. In 2000, global meat consumption was 230 million tonnes per year; by 2050 it is expected to reach 465 million tonnes. More livestock means more greenhouse gases.
By simply having one day a week plant-based, you will be joining thousands of people committed to combat climate change. It is also healthy to partake in meat-free Mondays, as it will encourage you to try new foods.
Below are some simple hints of how you can go meat free.
- Use meat substitutes: Quorn, tofu, tempeh or seitan
- Use more veggies, whole grains, pulses, eggs, cheese and legumes;(including pinto beans, navy beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, and black-eyed and split peas).
- Prepare veggies in a different way to add variety, texture and increase vegetable intake; e.g create vegetable spaghetti or ribbons using a Spiralizer
- Try making vegetarian quiches, tarts, curries, soups, stews, wraps, couscous, rice, and pasta dishes