Today is not only Cyber Monday, but also Green Monday – and by eating “green” today you can save more than just a few bucks. Eating “green” (plant-based / vegan) at least one day a week can help save your health, animals, water and the environment!
• Eat green to help save your health. Numerous studies indicate that a diet rich in plant-based foods can help improve your health. In South Africa, nearly 30% of men and 56% of women are either overweight or obese, but research shows that people who eat fewer animal products have lower rates of obesity. Many of the deadliest chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, can also be prevented, treated and even reversed through a plant-based diet.
• Eat green to help save water and the environment. Raising animals for food contributes to dangerous climate change, land environmental degradation, water pollution and water shortages. According to The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, “animal agriculture is one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” It has never been more important for South Africans to save our precious natural resources, and with the death-threatening droughts we are experiencing, the focus is on water conservation. By consuming more plant-based foods, we can help protect South Africa’s water supply. Producing meat, milk and eggs requires huge amounts of water, whether for growing feed, cleaning housing enclosures, hydrating the animals, disposing their waste or disinfecting slaughtering equipment. Amazingly, it takes more than 4 000 litres of water to produce a kilogram of chicken meat, significantly more than needed to produce almost every other plant-based food.
• Eat green to help save animals. Replacing meat, milk and eggs benefits farm animals in South Africa, millions of whom spend their entire lives in cages or crates, where they are unable to exercise, engage in their natural behaviours, and often cannot even turn around because of lack of space. South Africans consume 7.8 billion eggs each year – of which more than 95% are sourced from hens who spend their entire lives in battery cages. By eating more plant-based foods, we can decrease the demand for animal products, which results in fewer animals enduring a life of extreme confinement and suffering.
Eating plant-based is healthy, tasty and easy to whip up too! Green Monday is a global movement, led and managed by Humane Society International. The movement encourages South Africans to reduce their meat, dairy and egg intake and increase their consumption of plant-based foods. There are many delicious Green Monday to tickle your taste buds. Why not try one today! Visit www.greenmonday.co.za for a variety of delicious plant-based dishes.