Could you be a vegetarian one day a week to save the planet?
Sir Paul McCartney and his daughters Stella and Mary are on a mission to save our health and the earth with their Meat Free Mondays campaign.
Backed by celebrities such as Simon Cowell, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sheryl Crow, McCartney says reducing meat consumption won't just slow climate change it will help to fight global hunger and improve the welfare of animals.
"I think many of us feel helpless in the face of environmental challenges, and it can be hard to know how to sort through the advice about what we can do to make a meaningful contribution to a cleaner, more sustainable, healthier world," he said.
"Having one designated meat free day a week is actually a meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once."
Singer Leona Lewis, a long-term vegetarian, agrees with McCartney and has even banned meat from being served on her tour because she is so against the butchering of animals. “The meat industry is polluting the environment,” she said. “I’ve banned meat from all photo shoots to the tour itself simply because I don’t support the meat industry.”
So could you go without meat one day a week? The main thing to remember when removing a food group from your diet even is to replace the nutrients and vitamins you are losing. Good protein and iron replacements for meat are mushrooms, green vegetables, chickpeas, nuts, tofu, legumes and soy. You can also experiment with pasta, risotto, soup and pies and make sure to see your doctor before changing your diet significantly.
Want to know more? Check out the video of the song Sir Paul McCartney did for Meat Free Mondays