“…there’s one kind of holiday that can help break up the monotony of daily life, while also saving us money. Taking occasional holidays from meat will actually save us money,” writes Shapiro.He reports that Americans eat 10% less meat per capita than they did ten years ago. Besides, the three R’s dietary concept (reducing / replacing consumption of animal products while refining diets), he attributes some of this reduction to popular movements like 'Meatless Mondays' or Mark Bittman’s 'Vegan Before 6' program. Shapiro says there are many reasons why people are taking breaks from a meat-heavy diet:
“Wanting to look and feel better, to protect animals, and to help save the planet are just a few motives people commonly offer. But, an additional benefit of keeping animals off our plates more often is that it helps us keep more money in our wallets.”Vegetarian foods, including vegetarian options at your local take-out spot, cost so much less because they’re less resource-intensive than breeding and slaughtering animals.
“Even Burger King - the king of burgers - is promoting Meatless Mondays,” said Shapiro.He says American Pork giant, Hormel, recently acquired Skippy peanut butter. One meat industry trade publication, Meatingplace, quipped that one benefit of the acquisition was “activists are not using hidden cameras to scope out peanut abuse by Hormel’s suppliers.” Holidays from meat, as Shapiro said, promises to make three things lighter in our lives: our bodies, the burden on our planet, and our consciences (because of the animals).
“In fact, the only thing that won’t be lighter will be our wallets,” concludes Shapiro.