Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save water by eating more plants! When you do choose to eat meat, dairy and eggs, choose products from animals raised sustainably and using regenerative practices.
Meatless Monday is a global movement to encourage people to reduce their meat intake for the sake of their health and the planet’s health. Replace pork, beef, lamb, veal, venison, chicken, turkey, and fish with nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and protein-rich beans at least one day a week.
Be careful not to replace meat with highly processed foods that rely on the same monocrops and pollution-causing practices. Focus on plant-based eating and you can still have filling, healthy, delicious meals without such a large carbon foodprint.
Meatless Monday Global Campaign: learn about meat’s impact on the environment and your health and access plant-based recipes that your entire family will enjoy.
Bedford 2020 was one of the first to launch a community-wide Meatless Monday campaign with partner Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Read more.
When you choose to eat meat, eat better meat. Not only can meat be raised in a way that has a lower carbon footprint, but your purchases can support agricultural and livestock practices that are actually good for the planet.
Well-managed farms that practice regenerative agriculture or silvopasture can actually serve as carbon sponges.
Ask how local farmers raise their livestock and how they grow or source feed. At the store, aim for animal products that say they were “grass fed,” “pasture raised,” and ask your market for meat that is regeneratively produced.
YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE INVOLVED
“In 2018, over 320 households took Bedford 2020’s Meatless Monday pledge and Bedford 2020 partnered with Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future to track and survey participants. Our local educational effort reduced greenhouse gas emissions the equivalent of driving 56,113 less miles.”
-Olivia Farr, Bedford 2020 Co-Founder and Board Member