The idea of "Meatless Monday" dates back to Herbert Hoover during World War I when he promoted conserving food and 10 million families signed on. Presidents Wilson, Truman and Roosevelt roused the nation with Meatless Mondays during both World Wars. More recently, Meatless Monday ~ a nonprofit organization associated with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for a Liveable Future, resurrected the idea with the goal of helping to reduce meat consumption in America by 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.
Eating less meat is believed to reduce the risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. A Harvard University study found that replacing sources of saturated fat (meat and full fat dairy) with other healthier fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, can reduce the risk of heart disease by 19%. It can also help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. Check out all the 'movers and shakers' who have pledged their support at meatlessmonday.com
If you eat meat on other days, we strongly recommend grass-fed, hormone-free, humanely and locally-raised options whenever possible, for your own health and the health of our planet.
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