Saturday, May 16, 2009

Weekly meatlessness

The city of Ghent, Belgium, is already doing this (well, maybe not on Mondays):
Ghent means to recognise the impact of livestock on the environment.

The UN says livestock is responsible for nearly one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, hence Ghent's declaration of a weekly "veggie day".

Public officials and politicians will be the first to give up meat for a day.

Schoolchildren will follow suit with their own veggiedag in September.

It is hoped the move will cut Ghent's environmental footprint and help tackle obesity.

Around 90,000 so-called "veggie street maps" are now being printed to help people find the city's vegetarian eateries.
Cutting it out entirely would be better, of course, but a whole city that goes meatless one day a week does more good than rather a large number of individual vegetarians.

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