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Meatless Monday campaign aims to impact environment

The Palm Beach State College libraries are kicking off their version of a Meatless Monday campaign Feb. 3 to encourage people to refrain from eating meat on Mondays for their health and that of the planet.

The campaign, which is part of an international initiative, is being organized by the libraries in partnership with the Student Counseling Center, Panther’s Pantry and the Palm Beach Gardens Community Earth Club.

It supports PBSC’s Common Reader, “There Is No Planet B,” and runs through May 12. Through the initiative,  PBSC students, faculty and staff and Palm Beach County residents are encouraged to make their own meatless meals. PBSC students will have the chance to pick up free boxes of food ingredients to use when making their meal. Once participants create the dish, they are then encouraged to share the recipe with others at

“Each of us are small drops on this vast planet, but if we work together we can become an unstoppable wave of change—good or bad,” said Bernard Harrigan, vice president of PBSC’s Community Earth Club. “My hope is that through these efforts like Meatless Mondays, we can jumpstart that flow of change in the right direction.”

According to the campaign, a low-carb, vegan or plant-based diet can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost your immunity, reduce animal cruelty, help reduce world hunger and lower your grocery bill.

PBSC students can book a time to pick up an ingredient box on the website.  There will be free copies of the Common Reader to the first 100 people who pick up boxes at the Lake Worth campus and to the first 25 people who pick up boxes at the Belle Glade campus.

Students who share their recipe will be entered into a drawing for prizes, including a $100 Publix gift card. Winners will be drawn at random times throughout the campaign and notified by email.

The idea for Meatless Monday was first introduced during World War I as a way to reduce consumption to help the war effort and was revived in 2003 as a nonprofit public health initiative. Today, Meatless Monday is supported by millions of people in over 40 countries and is backed in science and research by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future.

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5 comments on “Meatless Monday campaign aims to impact environment”

  1. Great for all…simple way to better health is moderation – proud of the club and wonderful event and common reader

  2. This is a beautiful campaign for PBSC! HUN 1201 nutrition students are well aware of Meatless Mondays, and the fact that food choices affect our health and the health of our planet. A plant-based diet includes daily plant protein foods such as legumes, nuts and seeds. A Vegan diet is not required, and a low-carb diet is not for everyone. Eating plant based is easier than you think. Try one day a week with no meat, fish or poultry. Feast on vegetables, whole grains and legumes, nuts and seeds, seasoned with herbs and spices. I can’t wait to tell my students, and look forward to reading everyone’s recipes!

  3. Thank you to the PBSC libraries, the Student Counseling Center, Panther’s Pantry and the Palm Beach Gardens Community Earth Club. Folks should not be afraid of the words vegetarian, vegan or plant based. Some are. And no matter what you eat, do not feel the need to be labeled. A friend often corrects me when others ask me… and she says I’m vegan. I am not vegan. I cannot label myself b/c I eat almost everything… but I only eat meat several times a year. It is all about moderation. Some think that plant based is more expensive. It doesn’t have to be. Shop at Aldi and farm stands like Rorabeck’s. If you buy too much, split with a friend. Here’s to meatless Monday!! How to Cook More Plant-Based Meals — and Save Money on Groceries

  4. Oh I love this!! I always believe that the hope of this world is young people changing their eating habits not only for their own health but for compassion toward animals and to reduce the methane gas emissions on the planet earth. I have not consumed any animal flesh for 25 years. I tried to stop eating cheese for 3 years and I failed. It is really hard… but I keep trying alternative cheeses. So far the “Violife” brand it is pretty decent. Good luck everyone!

    1. Indeed Dr. Manzanero! My opinion of alternative cheese is its Junk (most of the time). Just oil. Yuck! Look at the package… most have absolutely no nutritional value. In such a case I say dairy cheese in moderation is a-ok! ♥️

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