Argentina, where beef is typically what’s for dinner—and breakfast, and lunch—has introduced Vegan Mondays.
While seen as a political move by opponents, the presidential palace serves only vegan options on Mondays to all 500 employees, including President Mauricio Macri. The measure comes amid an obesity crisis in Latin America where daily beef consumption is more than twice what’s recommended. Beef production is also brutal for the environment with hefty greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and a near unquenchable thirst—15,000 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of beef.
Globally, many countries are trimming meat from public menus, implementing meat taxes or limiting exports in response to these concerns.
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