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Meatless Monday


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Meatless Monday

  1. 1. Meatless Monday <ul><li>An Initiative Organized by the Environmental Club in Partnership with FLIK </li></ul>
  2. 2. What is it? <ul><li>Non-profit initiative designed to promote education about meat consumption and its impact on people and the planet. </li></ul><ul><li>A program where schools and other organizations choose to not serve meat on Mondays, for environmental reasons. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Environmental Benefits <ul><li>Your meat consumption accelerates climate change much faster than: </li></ul><ul><li>driving a car </li></ul><ul><li>taking a plane </li></ul><ul><li>or any mode of transportation </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Does eating meat affect the environment so negatively?
  5. 5. Water Use <ul><li>The water needs of livestock are tremendous , far above those of vegetables or grains. </li></ul><ul><li>An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meatless Mondays help minimize water usage- tofu requires only 220 gallons of water per pound. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How much is 2,500 Gallons? = 1 Pound of Beef 2,500 Gallons of Water: = 1 Gallon of Water
  7. 7. Fossil Fuels <ul><li>On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the US. </li></ul>40 Cal
  8. 8. <ul><li>On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed-lot beef in the US. </li></ul>FOSSIL FUELS <ul><ul><li>Meatless Mondays help reduce fossil fuel dependence- Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein. </li></ul></ul>2 Cal
  9. 9. Methane <ul><li>Cattle produce methane </li></ul><ul><ul><li>which is 21 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Methane and Fossil Fuels are greenhouse gases that affect Global Climate Change
  11. 11. If all Americans went meatless once a week <ul><li>The carbon savings would be the same as taking 19.2 million cars off U.S. roads for a year. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They would also produce 99.6 megatons less of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to 46 million round trip flights from New York to Los Angeles. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. The law of 10% <ul><li>The law of 10 percent in ecology: </li></ul><ul><li>1 pound of meat is equivalent to 10 pounds of plant matter in an ecosystem.To make one pound of herbivore mass requires 10 pounds of vegetable matter. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Personal Health <ul><li>Replacing meat and full fat dairy with foods like vegetable oils, nuts and seeds reduces the risk of heart disease by 19% </li></ul><ul><li>Consuming beans or peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve your diet without vitamin pills </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. What about my Protein? <ul><li>Do I need to worry about getting enough protein on Meatless Monday? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No. USDA statistics show that people are already getting more protein than is recommended – almost double – most of which is generated from meat and other animal sources </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Other Sources of Protein Beans Tofu Soybeans Dairy
  16. 16. Fieldston and Meat <ul><li>In the 4 years you are in high school, Fieldston will have consumed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>19,000-25,000 lbs of beef </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>32,000-35,000 lbs of chicken </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>19,000 lbs of pork, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and 1,000 lbs of fish. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. How to Become involved <ul><li>You may not have even noticed that on several Mondays we have already been meatless! Now, we want your approval to make it policy. </li></ul><ul><li>We definitely want to hear your feedback – this is just as much about Fieldston as the environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit the Environmental Club’s website at </li></ul></ul>
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  19. 19. Green fieldston <ul><li>Go to and comment on the Meatless Monday blog post </li></ul><ul><li>We want to hear your ideas and feedback </li></ul>