On Monday, March 9 East Quad will be hosting Meatless Monday. Serving meatless dishes is a great way to conserve natural resources, while eating healthy at the same time. East Quad will be offering a variety of meals including gumbo z’herbs, and risotto with garlic basil tofu. View the entire menu here.
While some students may be upset at first glance, here are some reasons why this event is significant:
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: The UN estimates that the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the manmade greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change.
Minimize Water Usage: Between 1,800 and 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Approximately 39 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of vegetables.
Reduce Fuel Dependence: On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feedlot beef in the U.S. (Compare to 2.2 calories of fossil fuel for plant-based protein.)
Eat Healthy: Reduce the possibility of heart disease, strokes, limit cancer risk, fight diabetes, curb obesity, live longer, improve your nutrition… the list goes on. By reducing the amount of meat you eat, you can lead a healthier lifestyle.
Be a Part of History: The origins of Meatless Monday go all the way back to American rationing efforts during WWII. Now it’s a global movement. Learn more on the Meatless Monday National Website.
We invite you to participate in this healthy alternative to traditional dining meals as an opportunity to help reduce the university’s carbon footprint and support the institution’s broader sustainability goals. Learn more here.
Meatless Monday will again take place on April 13!