Challenge number three: a week without meat

A new month has come so it’s time for another challenge!

Did you know that the 20th of March is officially The Day Without Meat? This day it’s new at all, it’s celebrated around the world for 33 years already! The Day Without Meat was organized for the very first time in 1985 by the activist in order to protect the rights of animals. By organizing happenings, distributing healthy meals and brochures to the people they want to sensibilise the society about the vegetarian diet and how good it’s for the health. The date chosen to celebrate The Day Without Meat isn’t a coincidence at all, one day before official spring is the perfect timing to make some changes in our lives.

Until today this day is celebrated mostly in the USA, but an interesting fact, in Poland in 1959 there was a thing called ‘Meatless Mondays’, which meant one couldn’t buy meat on Monday or eat it anywhere. However, this situation wasn’t a promotion of vegetarianism but was caused by the deficit of meat.

Why should we reduce the meat in our diet?

If you are not ready to give up on the meat you should at least try to reduce it in your diet.  There are few arguments speaking for it:

  1. Ethic, how you slaughter animal is as important as how you rear them. The industrialization of farming means often the mass production and torturing the animals. Lack of light, space, water…this is very often the reality of farming. Not even to mention the way of transport and slaughter. Today we know that the animals are able to feel pain, to feel fear and to suffer. Unfortunately, most of the meat producers don’t respect the animals rights.
  2. Health, we wrote already a little bit about it in this article. Eating too much meat can cause many health issues as thyroid’s problems, hypertension, heart disorders, cancers and even depression.  The meat we eat daily is often full of antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides.
  3. Environment, the meat industry is a disaster for nature and our Planet! Raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water.  A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.

That’s why this month we’ve decided to promote the diet without meat. Join our challenge and chose wisely, instead of bloody steak try the soy one! There are so many blogs and sites offering tasty and easy to prepare vegetarian and vegan recipes.

Try, taste and decide…maybe a little week without a meat will change your life forever!

 

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