Chef and Food Network star Mario Batali is asking you to get healthy and save the planet by going veg…at least one day of the week.
Batali has teamed up with Environmental Working Group (EWG) to promote the Meatless Monday campaign, started by the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. According to the Meatless Monday website, their “goal is to help you reduce your meat consumption by 15% in order to improve your personal health and the health of the planet.”
The chef says that the studies from EWG on the impact our food choices have on the environment were a wake-up call. The EWG recently released findings regarding common foods and their greenhouse emissions. Lamb was determined to be the most harmful environmentally, with beef and cheese not too far behind.
Batali says “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.”
While Chef Batali believes it’s not realistic to ask everyone to go vegetarian, he likes the campaign because it asks people to change their diet just one day a week for a positive impact. The EWG found that “if we Americans skipped meat and cheese just one day a week for a year, we’d cut carbon emissions as much as taking 7.6 million cars off the road would! Cutting back on meat not only helps the environment, it also lowers your risk of serious health problems such as obesity, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancers.”
If you want to take the make your Mondays meatless too, you can sign the Meatless Monday pledge! The campaign also offers free kits with lots of information to get you started. The EWG also provides a pledge to sign, stating “I pledge to skip meat one day a week and to include more healthy fruits and vegetables in my diet. Not only will I be doing something good for my body, I’ll also be doing something good for the environment.”