- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Norwegian army has introduced “meatless Mondays” to soldiers in an effort to cut down on ecologically unfriendly foods.

Meatless Mondays have been introduced at one of the country’s main bases and soon will be rolled out to all units, the Daily Mail reported.

Livestock farming accounts for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.


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“It’s a step to protect our climate. The idea is to serve food that’s respectful of the environment,” army spokesman Eystein Kvarving told Agence France-Presse. “It’s about being more concerned for our climate, more ecologically friendly and also healthier.”

An environmental group that campaigns for meatless Mondays in Norway, the Future in Our Hands, welcomed the army’s announcement.

“The defence ministry deserves a lot of praise because it’s taking climate and environmental issues seriously,” Arild Hermstad, the group’s director, told AFP.