Norwegian army placed on strict vegetarian diet

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English: Loma Linda University Vegetarian Food Pyramid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Norway leads the way in carbon emission reduction by eating less meat.  It’s an interesting connection.  Animals generate a lot of methane in their lifetime and also produce less nutritional energy than they consume in raw food products.  I’m sure vegetarians of the world will be rejoicing at Norway’s lead.


Meatless Monday

It’s meatless Monday.
Make the most of Sunday’s roast
now Monday’s one day free of meat
in Norway’s eco- army.
No they’re not barmy
they’re just reforming
in response to global warming.

Savour cabbage and mushy peas,
the nutty flavour of celery,
the scrunch of par-boiled broccoli,
lasagne layered with aubergines,
cous-cous mixed with butter beans
and other veggie meals like these.

Don’t feel queasy.
Just one day of missing meat –
pork and lamb, chicken, beef,
no bacon, ham, kebabs to eat
could stall the world’s increasing heat.

Remember this.
One less day of eating meat
could help defeat
the release of so much CO2
and make you healthier too.


20th November 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “Norwegian army placed on strict vegetarian diet.”  The Norwegian military has announced plans to introduce ‘meatless Mondays’ into army diets, in a bid to battle a more unusual enemy – climate change.  Troops will be placed on a strict vegetarian diet once a week to reduce the amount of ecologically unfriendly foods they eat, whose production can contribute heavily to global warming.  A military spokesman said the initiative was not about saving money but “being more concerned for our climate, more ecologically friendly and also healthier.”  The new dietary regime has been trialled at some of Norway’s larger bases and military bosses now plan to roll it out across all units. They hope to reduce their meat consumption by 150 tonnes per year.  Their scheme has been praised by The Future in Our Hands (FOH), a Norwegian organisation that aims to reduce the consumption of natural resources by society. FOH claim an average Norwegian will eat more than 1,200 animals in their lifetime.


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