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One Green meal a day Challenge

Posted Jan 22 2010 12:00am

One Green meal a day Challenge
Have you seen Food Inc?  Let's take action! Here is how this works: Plan on eating one meal made entirely of Whole Foods. Have them anyway you like raw/cooked/sprouted/baked/steamed/mixed/juiced/blended/etc...  
Examples of some Whole Foods include 

  •  Vegetables(Broccoli, Spinach, Cabbage, Carrots, Tomato)
  •  Fruits(Apples, Pears, Oranges)
  •  Beans/Legumes (Navy, Mung, Split Peas, Lentils)
  •  Grains (Quinoa, Rice, Barley)
  •  Nuts/Seeds (Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds)

Committing yourself to replacing one of your meals with one meal consisting of only vegetables each day can be a real challenge for some people, if you are new to this, relax and start by participating in the One Green Meal A Week initiative and build yourself up to one meal a day. 

Why is it a Green Meal Challenge? Here are some facts that will help answer this question:
  • Eating 1 lb. of meat emits the same amount of greenhouse gasses as driving an SUV 40 miles (more info)
  • Eating more Fruits and Vegetables is protective against all disease (more info)
  • More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals.
  • It takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat!
  • An area of rain forest the size of seven football fields is destroyed every minute to make room for grazing cattle, and eating less animals saves acres of tress every year.
  • Of all raw materials and fossils fuels currently used in the U.S., more than one-third goes to raising animals for food.
  • You save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you would by not showering for an entire year!
  • Here is a nice site that more visually explains the impact of our food choices

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