Green Mondays launch at Truth Coffee, Cape Town
I am a pescetarian. I do eat seafood, but no red meat or poultry. Everyone’s more familiar with vegetarian, so I normally just say that I am a vegetarian. It’s been almost 11 years (I was still a kid), and I’ve never looked back. I’m not a fussy vege/pescetarian, nor am I a green freak or a food snob, I just don’t eat meat.
So, Monday saw the launch of #GreenMondaySA. I normally shy away from all these health and fitness campaigns: I don’t drink beetroot and celery smoothies at 6am on Sunday mornings, and I don’t look for the wheat-gluten-and-sugar-free-sandwich on the menu. But I do absolutely, sincerely support the amazing #GreenMondaySA.
So, what is it all about?
A few months ago I watched part of a lesser-known documentary about factory farms that I really should rather have stayed away from. It shocked me to my core and I felt absolutely disgraced by the human race. You see, it is not all about “saving the animals”, but it stretches far beyond that. Do we really as humans believe it is the right thing to have other beings suffer just for the “industry”, just to make money? And by that I mean animals spending their entire lives in virtual immobilisation, animals becoming sick and suffering from open sores because of their living conditions, animals being slaughtered alive in the most inhumane ways possible JUST SO THE PRODUCER CAN PRODUCE MORE.
I don’t stand for that. And neither does Green Mondays. Green Mondays is about introducing more plant-based foods into your diet, and generally promoting being more attentive to our ways of life. So, basically living of corn and peas you ask? No. Just by looking at the delicious food we got served at the launch, it is now so easy to follow a healthier, greener (and more delicious), plant-based diet. Just look at the variety Fry’s http://www.frysvegetarian.co.za/ offer! Believe me it is amazingly good!
So, #GreenMondaySA is about pledging to eat “green” on Mondays! Just Mondays? Yes, how difficult can that be?
A fact that really got me thinking…
“The animal agriculture sector makes up 29 percent of global agriculture water requirements. An average of 4 323 litres of water is required to produce 1kg of chicken, whereas less than half of that is needed to produce 1kg of cereals.”
Just let that sink in. And then go take the pledge: