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Meatless Monday Dinner - Eat to Help the Environment

Enjoy meat-less cuisine! This restaurant has wonderful Thai food!

http://www.pacificthaisantacruz.com/menu/meatless-monday.php

This is a smaller restaurant with very good Thai food. Please be patient as they have a smaller kitchen than some of the other restaurants we've visited, but it's worth the wait!

Help the Environment

Eating with friends is fun, and even more fun if you're helping the environment at the same time. Reducing animal product consumption helps to reduce your personal contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and climate forcers, including carbon dioxide, methane, black carbon (soot), nitrous oxide, and tropospheric ozone. Plus, eating more veggies is good for you!

Avoid Pesticides and Toxins

Some chemicals and heavy metals can concentrate in meat when animals are exposed to it, such as in their food. So reducing meat consumption through Meatless Monday can be one way to reduce exposure. For example:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Green/contaminated-meat-cited-usda-report-pesticide-antibiotics-heavy/story?id=10361516

"A recent Harvard study found that increasing saturated fat intake just 5 percent was associated with a 38 percent lower sperm count, but why? It may be because of endocrine-disrupting industrial pollutants that build up in animal fat, particularly fish..."

http://nutritionfacts.org/2014/03/04/male-fertility-and-dietary-pollutants/ 

RSVPs

We'll make a reservation, so please RSVP and show up if you plan to go. To make sure our events are a success, if you're a no-show three times you won't be able to RSVP for the dinners anymore (it's nothing personal).

Hope to see you there! Multiple meetup groups are attending. If you'd like to meet more people than you're sitting next to, feel free to walk around and mingle with other tables. There will be people with a variety of eating styles at the event; all we ask is that everyone be respectful and kind to each other.

More Information About Meatless Monday

Here's more info about the international Meatless Monday campaign:
http://www.meatlessmonday.com/about-us/why-meatless/

Here's the goal of the international Meatless Monday campaign, from their website:

"Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. We provide the information and recipes you need to start each week with healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives. Our goal is to help you reduce your meat consumption by 15% in order to improve your personal health and the health of the planet."

Here's a proclamation that the Santa Cruz County supervisors put together in support of Meatless Monday:
http://files.meetup.com/161345/MeatlessMondayProclamationSignedSCCsupervisors.pdf

Here is the Meatless Monday Santa Cruz County Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/SCruzMM


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