Part II

Last week we introduced the health reasons behind going vegetarian once a week, but did you know there are economic and environmental reasons, as well?  After all, two things the environment and the economy have in common is green!

via Meatless Mondays

How can Meatless Mondays save you money?

CUT WEEKLY BUDGET.  Food prices continue to rise. Current increases are especially sharp in packaged items and meat, which require extra expenses like feed and transportation. Forgoing meat once a week is a great way to cut the weekly budget.

CURB HEALTHCARE SPENDING.  Treatment of chronic preventable diseases accounts for 70% of total U.S. healthcare spending. By reducing our risk for these conditions, we can curtail healthcare spending nationwide.

How can Meatless Mondays save the world?

REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . . far more than transportation. And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.

MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.

HELP REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCE. On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein. Moderating meat consumption is a great way to cut fossil fuel demand.

And to save money and emissions by having your meat-free pizza delivered, why don’t you make one at home tonight?

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

1 unbaked pizza crust

1 tomato, sliced

1 bunch fresh spinach, torn

1 sweet onion, sliced

1 fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped

1 (6 ounce) package feta cheese, crumbled


Preheat oven according to pizza crust package directions.  In a small bowl combine butter, olive oil, garlic, pesto, basil, oregano and Parmesan cheese.  Spread mixture evenly on pizza crust.  Arrange tomato, spinach, onion and jalapeno on pizza.  Top with crumbled feta cheese.  Bake according to pizza crust package directions.