Ditch the meat and reap the benefits, urges campaign

Darlington Friends of the Earth is encouraging people to help the environment and their waistlines by taking part in Meat Free May

Darlington Friends of the Earth is encouraging people to help the environment and their waistlines by taking part in Meat Free May

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MEAT-EATERS are being urged to reap the benefits of a meat-free diet – both to their health and their bank accounts.

As part of Meat Free May, Darlington Friends of the Earth are challenging people to give up meat during May.

Participants can either commit to eating no meat throughout May, or choose certain days to swap meaty meals for vegetarian dishes.

The campaign aims to help the environment, as well as showing people how healthy and cheap a meat-free diet can be.

Kathy Barley, of Darlington Friends of the Earth, said the meat industry is one of the world’s biggest contributors to climate change.

She said: “We also hear in the press every day how our diets are having an effect on our health, with eating meat linked to diabetes.

“You can also save money by cutting out meat.”

During the campaign, the group will be posting daily recipes on their Facebook page - facebook.com/meatfreemay – and offering advice to anyone who is unsure about how to cook vegetarian meals.

The Health Warehouse, in Post House Wynd, Darlington, will also be offering 10 per cent off in their new cafe to anyone who mentions Meat Free May.

Ms Barley said: “The point is to get people engaged and taking about it, and getting people to try new foods.

“If anyone has got any questions we can offer all sorts of advice to people.”

Participants can also take up the challenge in return for sponsorship.

For more information email darlofoe@yahoo.co.uk or search #meatfreemay on Twitter.

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8:02pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Chippy70 says...

Widespread halal slaughter has just about turned me into a vegetarian. I eat eggs and fish and a little pork but will no longer buy steak, mince, or any beef product, I have never eaten a kebab. I no longer buy ready meals containing supposedly meat and the same goes for takeaways. Its now impossible to know just what we are being served.
Widespread halal slaughter has just about turned me into a vegetarian. I eat eggs and fish and a little pork but will no longer buy steak, mince, or any beef product, I have never eaten a kebab. I no longer buy ready meals containing supposedly meat and the same goes for takeaways. Its now impossible to know just what we are being served. Chippy70
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2:14am Wed 23 Apr 14

SirLance says...

The article shown previous but one proclaims 'Darlington could win best burger in England'! Amazing contrast of ethics just a few lines apart!
I just don't think i can eat any horse or who knows what is presented for sale! Never trust a Kebab!! I hope the meat free day wins the competition!
The article shown previous but one proclaims 'Darlington could win best burger in England'! Amazing contrast of ethics just a few lines apart! I just don't think i can eat any horse or who knows what is presented for sale! Never trust a Kebab!! I hope the meat free day wins the competition! SirLance
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10:28am Wed 23 Apr 14

JJ2000 says...

If they can present me with a 7 day menu of delicious meat-free dishes for 3 times per day then I may be tempted.

The mental image of a roast chicken with veg, Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes and onion gravy is far more appetizing than the image of lettuce leaf and cherry tomatoes.

Heeeeere chicky chicky chicky
If they can present me with a 7 day menu of delicious meat-free dishes for 3 times per day then I may be tempted. The mental image of a roast chicken with veg, Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes and onion gravy is far more appetizing than the image of lettuce leaf and cherry tomatoes. Heeeeere chicky chicky chicky JJ2000
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