Meatless Monday Dinner - Eat Farm-to-Table Pizza to Help the Environment

Pizzeria Avanti features fresh local produce, as well as vegan and gluten-free options, in their salads, pizza, and lasagna!

http://www.avantipizza.mobi/

There will be one check per table, so please bring cash if you can.

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/

"The levels of arsenic, banned pesticides, and dioxins exceeded cancer benchmarks in each of the 364 children tested. Which foods were the primary sources of toxic pollutants for preschoolers and their parents?"

California Children Are Contaminated

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/california-children-are-contaminated/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZTZxXIDchw


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). Emergencies or illness aside, when you cancel at the last minute, that can mean some people who wanted to go couldn't, so that might be marked as well.

Be sure to check in with me so we can mark you as present on the RSVP list. That way I won't accidentally mark you as a no-show. Things get a little crazy as people arrive so I could easily make a mistake.

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, and order a meatless dish to help the environment.

More Information About Meatless Monday

Our normal Meatless Monday dinners are the first Monday of the month at 6:30pm. We might have other special dinners on other Mondays of the month.

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

What Is Meat?

This is a question I have been asked. For clarity, it is the flesh of animals (kingdom Animalia) as used for food. Feel free to look up this kingdom if you like; for example, it does include fish and various sea creatures.

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