In recent years I've been more aware of how much my food choices impact our planet. I was introduced to the Meatless Monday campaign and realized that eating a little less meat makes a big impact, both when it comes to losing weight and getting healthier, as well as relieving some of the tremendous burden on our environment.
How big of an impact can reducing meat consumption have on our fragile planet? The Environmental Working Group's Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change + Health states that if everyone in the U.S. skipped eating meat and cheese just one day a week for a year, it would be like pulling 7.6 million cars off the road, and at the same time, people -- especially kids -- would be less likely to develop health problems such as obesity and heart disease.In Mario's own words, "This issue is particularly important to me because it so profoundly affects children. Studies have found that young kids are eating triple the currently recommended amount of protein, mostly from meat, yet few eat enough fruits and vegetables. If we don't take action now and teach our kids how to eat less meat, more and more of them could face serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and even some types of cancer as they get older." You can help your family eat healthier by serving them a tasty meatless meal once a week. And if we all do it together, cutting down on the chemical fertilizers, fuel, pesticides and toxic chemicals that harm the environment, we'll make a big difference! Mario's goal, in partnership with the Environmental Working Group, is to get 100,000 of us to sign the pledge and skip eating meat just one day a week. Taking this step is not only beneficial to each of us, but can make a dramatic positive change in the planet's well-being. Watch the video below for more info on Meatless Monday!