AG info compilation to secure support & inspire participation. Please honor the #LessKillingDays: Meatless Monday & factory farm free Friday! Join the “collective dent of moderation” to stabilize ag problems

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Food service providers, school boards, institutional cafeterias, and individuals can help stabilize several key agricultural problems by promoting Meatless Monday (MM) and Factory Farm Free Friday (FFFF), the #LessKillingDays! The collective- impact of these modest adjustments can make a real difference. It’s a critical time considering the numerous reminders that our agricultural system has been depleted & defiled by mega-meat production. #LessKillingDays shift support to from agri-biz polluters to the little-guy-plant farmers, overtly supporting healthier land uses! Please hear the plea. Water Quality, Energy and Resource-efficiency, reduced methane/Greenhouse gas emissions, less animal suffering can all be gained w/ emphasis on plant-foods. Leaders in all segments of society can & should demonstrate stewardship by broaching these  subjects and advance a kinder, less-hazardous #ag system via these days (MM and FFFF).

The extensive supportive information is also based on science.
Please consider fwding on these links to local leaders who can push along some feel-good initiatives the community and our AG system really needs. WE REALLY NEED POLITICIANS TO START supporting this too!!
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K-12 Toolkit for School Boards and teachers to get behind: humanesociety.org/mmtoolkit
Peta  MM Toolkit for Workplaces: http://www.peta.org/action/mobile-meatless-monday/
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Here’s a slew of other relevant background information to site when seeking endorsements. Please fwd these on to to influential decision makers.
PDFs of the Cleveland MM resolution here: includes references to Cleveland Foodbank participation, Cleveland Clinic Heart Drs.  endorsement, the Science on greenhouse gas emissions/resource efficiency, refers to the runoff problem and the scale of agri-chemicals sprayed over 149 million acres of mostly-GMO feed crops.  Available for printing/viewing. Allow the ag-aware language to inform municipal approaches and resolutions, Please

https://agriculturalprogress.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/clevelands-meatless-monday-resolution-the-most-ag-aware-language-of-any-city-resoltution/

NE Ohio Sierra Club dedicates a whole web page to the subject. It’s that important to conservation.
Cleveland Clinic Wellness Dr Roxanne Sukol insightful interview on why everyone needs healthy veggie meals, focused on fiber and real food: http://www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/cleveland-city-mayor-signs-meatless-monday-resolution/
Cleveland Clinic Wellness 20 minute Meatless Monday presentation with DR Patton, deals with positive health outcomes (heart disease, stroke, diabetes) and touches on emissions reducs!
Water Quality: We need this “Let’s do SOMETHING” attitude! To reduce manure runoff that chokes out aquatic life see Toldeo Blade Editorial: 
 
Sir Paul McCartney: message to schools is such a feel-good few minutes. Share this video to at least generate discussion at school. USA has worse agriculture practices then the UK, right? Promoting MM is a delightful way to balance out w/ cleaner foods that have fiber and cleaner fats. What we replace is carcinogenic proteins and fat-soluble pollutants.
 
It’s not about a cheese pizza day either: Michigan Sierra Club advocates a #dairyfreeday on Social media to highlight Dairy runoff/algal bloom problems. Dairy CAFOs are a main contributor to aquatic pollution in NW Ohio/Lake Erie as well. So if we really want to support energy/resource efficiency and stewardship, let’s do Meatless Monday in a way that really reduces the amount of manure generated. Global Vegan Cuisine is especially important to highlight at this time. @MoreforMichigan  on twitter. http://moreformichigan.org/
Environment America 2013 Water pollution discharge reports:  Tyson Foods Inc. is the parent-company reporting dumping the largest discharge of toxic chemicals into our waterways, with a total of 18,556,479 lbs – 9 percent of the nationwide total of toxic discharges. Of the top ten parent-companies by total pounds of toxics released, four are corporate agribusiness companies (Tyson Inc., Cargill Inc., Perdue Farms Inc, and Pilgrims Pride Corp.) http://www.environmentamerica.org/news/ame/206-million-pounds-toxic-chemicals-dumped-america%E2%80%99s-waterways
Leadership needed because there’s a void of leadership in Washington, DC: Open letter to USDA how Meatless Monday tackles numerous major agricultural pollution, safety hazards, and is a perfectly reasonable response to the resource constraints of our time. [USDA does not support yet]
Populist Economic argument: BY going out of our way to not serve meat on Mondays and at least promote Meatless Monday, institutional cafeterias can shift support from the industrial meat conglomerates (Tyson, Purdue, Pigrims pride) and their feed suppliers (Cargill and Monsanto) to smaller stakeholder plant farms who need the support. Emphasizing plant farming makes a conserves energy, slows the speed of the slaughter lines for safety, and makes a statement opposing the overuse of antibiotics by livestock producers. It’s a notch of change with the potential to make a Dent. These are modest adjustments to shift a proportion of food dollars away from practices that contribute to serious health and food safety hazards.
Politicians, come up with something to say about it! Endorse. There are defining resource constraints of our time that demand strident, scientifically-proven-to-be-helpful… AND HEALTHY ACTION. Start by simply drawing attention to science and what’s going on with the Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). We must look at what we’re doing today, and look at what can be done to help make it better. Are we gonna stop mutilation and pain even a notch? Overt efforts must be made to promote reliance on foods that have nothing to do with exacerbating serious environmental hazards and public health calamities. It can be as simple as: “Isn’t it great there’s something this easy, that reduces emissions and pollution like driving less?” It’s promotes fiber which most Americans are deficient it, cleaner/lighter fats, and is meant to help anyone get recommended daily intakes of fruits and veggies, while moderating the obesity epidemic (if done right). The National Cattleman Assoc. can read a Meatless Monday Resolution and sit down. The Pork producers have kept hogs in horrendous confinement for long enough. There’s more to efficiency than getting “more meat out of every cow”. That just means they’re fattening em unnaturally with GMO Corn. The Agribusiness polluters who dominate the factory farm supply chain have already made billions. And the potato people don’t go throwing their weight around trying to say ppl have to eat their tubers EVERYDAY. If it really feels like a sacrifice, we can “take one for the team”. Let’s do what we can to nurture a food environment that helps people thwart heart disease and diabetes disease risks, and promotes water conservation, and animal welfare., Think about it – slowing down the slaughter lines for safety is sensible and merciful!
 
Publicly funded food services could stand to do more to conserve our common resources and stabilize agriculture problems and food safety hazards. It’s a modest adjustment given the scale of damage already done.  MM and FFFF support the same farmers we wanna support thru farm to school veg programs. 
This is the time to start lining up leadership from adults/parents that can bring this up at PTA meetings, City Council Meetings, in the workplace etc.

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