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Sup some noodle soup. Partake of a veggie bake. Chow down on a cheesy feast… Notice something amiss here fair gastronaut? Oh waiter, there’s no meat in this dish! Yes madam, that is because it is Meat-Free Monday.
Fresh off the menu comes this green foodie campaign launching with the support of His Veggie Highness, Sir Paul McCartney and a palate-pleasing posse of Stella McCartney, Kate Bosworth, Anouck Lepere, Sophie Elis Bexter, Gwyneth Paltrow and (I could go on…). The timely campaign is to encourage the nation to help slow climate change by reducing our ever-increasing meat consumption by simply having one meat-free day a week.
Meat Free Monday dinners, sparked off by the UK’s Food Climate Research Network suggests that food production is responsible for at least 30% of global green house gas emissions – particularly methane gas which is far more destructive than CO2.
A plateful of climate change fumes anyone? I think we’ll pass on that thank you very much.
But it’s not just the greenhouses gases. On top of the land the animals are reared on, we need extra land to grow grain to feed them, resulting in huge areas of the world’s rainforests being destroyed to make room. Surely this is not the best use of our dwindling resources?
If you fancy joining the campaign or just want to check out some of the yummy veggie recipes from Giorgio Locatelli and Arthur Potts-Dawson then check out the website which is full of interesting stuff. Who said being green isn’t easy?
Feature Writer: Lorraine Johnson