Enough with all the meat eating all ready
People are discovering that food costs are soaring, electricity and government charges including water charges are on the increase and many families are needing to find savings in the family budget.
If recent reports by the United Nations are any indication then the savings can come from this unexpected phenomenon.
The worlwide non-profit initiative to promote Meatless Mondays and Fishless Fridays is encouraging the voluntary rationing of certain foods. This is not new as rationing was common practice during both World Wars.
Promoting Meatless Mondays in Australia is part of an international campaign. The average consumption of red meat in Australia is 50 kilograms per person. This campaign encourages people to reduce meat consumption by 15 per cent (the equivalent of one day a week) to lessen the risk of chronic preventable illness and help slow climate change as animal industries contribute over 30 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse emissions. This initiative is not focused on animal welfare but on human health and our environment.
Worldwide the countries embracing this concept include the USA, Britain, Canada, Brazil, Holland, Taiwan, Norway, Croatia and Japan. To encourage family involvement a website MeatlessMonday.com offers weekly meat-free recipes, articles, tips and news.
Fish are under threat as well. Fish are an important source of food for 250 million people worldwide. Fishless Friday’s are the response of a United Nations conference on saving fish stocks held in May 2010. According to the UN, three quarters of the world’s fish stocks are in distress and the world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050. It is estimated there are 35 million people fishing around the world on 20 million boats so all fisheries risk running out of commercially viable catches.
Since the 1990’s the amount of seafood consumed in Australia has increased from 11 kilograms per person to 22 kilograms. Australia’s Bureau of Rural Sciences reported in 2007 that of Australia’s 96 federally managed fish stocks, 1 in 6 were overfished or subject to overfishing. Australian fish stocks have declined so much that Australia now imports about seventy-five percent of our nation’s seafood consumption.
The global population is predicted to surge towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050 and tastes for diets rich in meat and fish will prove unsustainable.
The goal of these two revolutionary initiatives is quite simple. Save money, improve health and help the environment. It is time to explore other interesting food options while doing yourself and the world a whole lot of good.
Increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables rather than meat and fish on two days per week will have a positive impact on personal health now and into the future. The time for action is now - commit to a Meatless Monday and Fishless Friday.
Don’t miss: Get The Punch in your inbox every day
Get The Punch on Facebook
Read all about it
Up to the minute Twitter chatter
The latest and greatest
Good morning Punchers. After four years of excellent fun and great conversation, this is the final post…
I have had some close calls, one that involved what looked to me like an AK47 pointed my way, followed…
In a world in which there are still people who subscribe to the vile notion that certain victims of sexual…