Meat Free Mondays - Broad Bean Risotto

Today’s evening meal – Broad Bean Risotto made with fresh organic broad beans and organic brown arborio rice

There are many reasons to reduce the amount of meat we eat, including health, animal welfare and environmental. Although I still very much enjoy good free range meat, I have found that the amount of meat and animal products in my diet has significantly reduced in favour of plant based nutrition. As part of this my family and I have introduced Meat Free Mondays / Mondays Without Meat.

It was perhaps apt, that I spotted a picture on Facebook this Monday (thanks to a fellow Juice Academy student) with the following text about some of the environmental reasons to reduce our meat consumption:

“We are consuming 50% more natural resources globally than our planet can sustainably produce. Water used for livestock production is projected to increase 50% by 2025. Producing 1kg of beef requires 70 times as much land as 1kg of vegetables. And over 40% of the world’s grain harvest or 70-97% of richer countries grain, the harvest is fed to livestock. 6kg of plant protein is required to produce just 1kg of meat protein. This impacts on world hunger and also extinction of plant and animals species on a daily basis.”

Not only does a plant based diet reduce our impact on the planet, as John Robbins says in his excellent book The Food Revolution in can also help to heal it:

“Every time you choose to eat plant foods rather than meat, it’s as if you were planting and tending a tree, helping to create a greener and healthier future for the generations to come.” 

Planet based nutrition can not only heal our planet, but as shown in documentaries like Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Simply Raw, it can also heal our bodies.

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