Last summer I came across a Johns Hopkins campaign called Meatless Monday. The campaign encourages us to make all-vegetarian food choices on at least one day of the week. The link between red meat and chronic diseases has been known for a long time, and I thought the campaign was a fun and catchy way to promote eating less meat.
What I just discovered is that the campaign is also in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, which comes at the less-meat campaign not from the perspective of nutrition and chronic diseases, but from the perspective of the environment.
This fact sheet, What You Eat Affects Climate Change, explains:
Red meat and dairy are responsible for nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions from food for an average U.S. household.
The concept that they promote is that choices that are better for your health are also better for the environment. Read the fact sheet. It’s all tied in together. Very cool.
(FYI – for the meaty naysayers, this is not to say that we should eat no meat at all. The Bible makes it clear that it’s quite okay to eat meat. The point here is just that the Western diet has become too dependent on red meat, and our hearts and colons would thank us if we moved to a more plant-based diet.)