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Meat-free days

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**Historical and Cultural Practices of Meat Abstinence:**
– Abstention from meat for religious reasons historically observed by various denominations.
– Different religious traditions like the Methodist Church, Anglicans, Roman Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox Church designated specific days for meat-free practices.
– Enforcement of meat prohibitions during Lent in Anglican and Catholic countries.
– Historical instances of meat-free days during wartime rationing and economic crises.
– Promotion of meat-free days by governments like in Poland to limit meat consumption.

**Global Observance of Meat-Free Days:**
– Various countries and regions worldwide have adopted meat-free days for ecological and societal reasons.
– Examples include South Africa, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States.
– Specific initiatives like Meatless Mondays in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities.
– Notable practices like Veggie Thursday in Singapore, Meatless Mondays in Taipei, and Ghent’s Veggie day.
– Impact on the environment through reducing meat consumption and promoting vegetarianism.

**Environmental Impact and Advocacy for Meat-Free Days:**
Meat-free days contribute to reducing climate change, improving health, and promoting animal welfare.
– Initiatives by governments, organizations, and communities to combat climate change through meat-free practices.
– Campaigns like the German Green Party’s veggie day manifesto and the global movement towards meat-free days.
– Environmental benefits of reducing meat consumption and promoting vegetarian lifestyles.
– Specific examples like the Norwegian Armed Forces’ vegetarian diet and weekly vegetarian days in German public canteens.

**Health Benefits and Ethical Considerations of Vegetarianism:**
– Promotion of vegetarianism for health benefits and ethical reasons.
– Organizations like Viva! Health advocating for vegetarianism and highlighting its benefits.
– Notable proponents of vegetarianism and philosophical arguments supporting the choice.
– Health benefits of a vegetarian diet and ethical considerations influencing dietary choices.
– Influence of vegetarian authors, historical writings, and literature on promoting vegetarianism.

**Culinary Influencers and Resources in Vegetarian Cuisine:**
– Notable chefs, cookbook authors, and personalities advocating for vegetarianism.
– Influence of culinary influencers on vegetarian cuisine and lifestyle choices.
– Popular vegetarian cookbooks and resources for individuals interested in vegetarian cooking.
– Promotion of vegetarianism through culinary arts and the impact on the broader food industry.
– Culinary trends and the growing popularity of vegetarian options in the global food scene.

Meat-free days (Wikipedia)

Meat-free days or veggiedays are declared to discourage or prohibit the consumption of meat on certain days of the week. Mondays and Fridays are the most popular days. There are also movements encouraging people giving up meat on a weekly, monthly, or permanent basis.[citation needed]

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