Meatless Monday began during the world wars as a way to preserve meat for the troops. But a growing troop of locals still refrains from meat on Mondays as a way to better their health and the environment.
"Our goal is to help you reduce your meat consumption by 15 percent in order to improve your personal health and the health of the planet," according to the website www.meatlessmonday.com. "By cutting out meat once a week, we can improve our health, reduce our carbon footprint and lead the world in the race to reduce climate change."
Why Mondays? The website explains: "Studies suggest we are more likely to maintain behaviors begun on Monday throughout the week. That makes Monday the perfect day to make a change for your health and the health of our planet."