World Meat Free Week 11 – 17 June, 2018

Posted On
June 5, 2018
An Article By
Mark

World Meat Free WeekHelp promote Meat Free Week in New Zealand this June, 2018 by getting behind the World Meat Free movement. World Meat Free Week aims to draw the world’s attention to the sustainability and ethical considerations of meat production and consumption.

Originally founded by a couple of Australians back in 2013, Meat Free Week has now gone worldwide. Highlighting the importance of reducing our meat intake both for health benefits and for the sake of our planet, World Meat Free Week asks supporters to make the week’s meals meat free (or at the very least one meal meat free) during the week spanning 11 to 17 June.

How Can You Get Involved?

Sign up on the World Meat Free Week website to take part in their efforts to raise awareness over social media “Thunderclap”. Described as an “online flash mob” the Thunderclap event is designed to build awareness through social media channels, #WorldMeatFreeWeek.

Join the fundraising efforts of the original Australian Meat Free Week organisers. Sign up to raise funds for a number of charities, sign up, get sponsors and go meat free for the week (a similar concept to the World Vision 40 Hour Famine).

Why Go Meat Free?

There are a number of reasons people choose to follow a largely plant-based way of eating – health, and ethical reasons tend to top of the list, see below for a few interesting snippets on the production and consumption of meat and its effect on New Zealanders.

  • The Ministry of Health states that Bowel cancer is the “second highest cause of cancer death in New Zealand”. According to national charity Bowel Cancer New Zealand, reducing your intake of red meat and processed meats can lower the risk of bowel cancer.
  • Reducing meat and dairy products in your diet can drastically improve the risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes according to animal rights organisation PETA.
  • Concerns have been raised by the World Health Organisation regarding the growing demand for animal protein with annual meat production figures projecting a 72% increase from late the 1990’s to 2030, leaving many questioning the sustainability and environmental impact implications.
  • Animal farming and production methods are also constantly in question around the world, with particular scrutiny around the treatment of farmed animals. See here to find out where New Zealand ranks when it comes to farm animal cruelty.
  • According to New Zealand’s Ministry For The Environment, agriculture is the largest contributor to New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions (sitting at 49% in 2016). Contamination of waterways from unsustainable farming practices using pesticides, antibiotics and hormones is also a concern.   

Want to join in World Meat Free Week this June and need to find some easy vegetarian or vegan recipe ideas? Or the best vegetarian restaurants and places to shop in your area? Check out the Vegetarians New Zealand website today.

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