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A good step for in-betweeners: ’Meatless Monday’ | Letters

January 30, 2013 · 10:49 AM

OK here’s the deal: I am not here to tell you that you should become a vegetarian. It is not realistic.

That being said, just because you are not vegetarian doesn’t mean you can’t make diet choices that will: A) Substantially reduce your environmental footprint, B) Improve your personal health and wellbeing and, C) advocate animal welfare.

We have fallen, unfortunately, into a two-party system in regards to vegetarianism: either you’re in, or you’re out. But that is not the case. You can be an in-betweener.

How? I am so glad you asked: Meatless Mondays.

If everyone who normally eats meat went meatless one day a week, it would be like one-seventh of them had become vegetarians. No matter how much you love bacon or despise vegetables, taking Mondays off is something anyone can do, and it would have a tremendous impact.

A brief example: according to Eating Animals, by Jonathan Saffran Foer, meat production (driven by our consumption) causes more greenhouse gasses than then entire transportation industry combined (including jets). By taken a day off, you are reducing the demand for meat and ultimately reducing production.

I urge you to consider taking one day off from meat. Your body will thank you. The planet will thank you. And all those mistreated animals will thank you. It is an easy step in the right direction that anyone can take.

If you have further interest in this subject, I strongly encourage you to read Eating Animals, by Johathan Saffran Foer.

Albert Strasser/San Juan Island






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