Meatless Mondays

World’s Largest Grassroots Diet Education Blitz Hits March 20




The annual global Meatout observance has grown explosively since its inception in 1985, with people in 30 countries and all 50 U.S. states participating last March. The latest U.S. twist in the 2011 Meatout edition will be events aiming to serve vegan food to 10,000 veg-curious passersby and newcomers to veganism as a way to introduce them to the idea of Meatless Mondays.

In the United States, national sponsor Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM) reports that 30 million Americans have at least explored a meat-free diet, and one in five teens thinks that vegetarianism is “cool.” Major manufacturers and retailers have come to support the concept by adding meat- and dairy-free meals. Several national fast food chains now offer veggie burgers and some major baseball venues even have veggie ballpark dogs. Meanwhile, national beef and veal consumption are declining, according to the Meatout 2009 International Report.

“Going meatless once a week can reduce your risk of chronic, preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity,” reports the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future. “It can also help limit your carbon footprint and save resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.” The average American currently eats eight ounces of meat a day, 45 percent more than the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommended amount.


For more information, visit Meatout.org.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Mock Meats

Companies worldwide are racing to produce juicy plant-based protein alternatives that have the taste and feel of meat.

Petroleum-Free

To replace plastic consumer waste, innovators have created a food wrap made of milk casein and a six-pack ring made of barley and wheat.

Eat Safer

To help consumers know which drinks and foods are still being sold in cans lined with endocrine-disrupting BPA, the Environmental working Group’s website lists 16,000 BPA-tainted products.

America Outdone

To protect its traditional seeds and agriculture, Venezuela has passed perhaps the toughest law in the world regulating the use and research of genetically modified organisms.

Lying Labels

Faced with rising consumer resistance to High-Fructose Corn Syrup, the corn refiners industry has created the terms “fructose syrup” or just “fructose” to hide its intense use in processed foods.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags