Reducetarian Summit Brings Together Advocates to Decrease Meat Consumption

May 22nd, 2017


20170520_121948

From left to right: Stephanie Töwe, Greenpeace; Heather Coleman, Oxfam America;

Tobias Leenaert, ProVeg International; Peggy Neu, Meatless Monday; Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company

The first ever Reducetarian Summit was held last weekend at New York University. The goal of the Reducetarian Summit, organized by Brian Kateman, founder of the Reducetarian Foundation, was to unite prominent environmental, health and animal protection nonprofits with leading foodservice and food technology companies to create a more equitable, sustainable and compassionate food system.

Panels covered wide-ranging topics from the role of chefs and foodservice companies in offering delicious plant-based meals to policy and behavioral strategies to encourage the reduction of meat consumption.

Meatless Monday, one of the earliest and most popular initiatives, was well represented. Peggy Neu, president of the Monday Campaigns, spoke on a panel that focused on the opportunities and challenges of reducing meat consumption globally. In addition, Becky Ramsing, senior program officer from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, shared the latest science on the health and environmental impact of reducing meat. David Yeung, founder of Green Monday, talked about social entrepreneurship and his efforts in Hong Kong and globally to promote a one-day-a-week vegetarian diet.

20170520_105155

Becky Ramsing (right) speaks on a panel with (from left) Sharon Nunez (Animal Equality),

Maryn McKenna (Author of Superbug), and Dawn Moncrief (A Well-Fed World)

Sid Lerner, founder of Meatless Monday, was in attendance along with Or Benjamin, campaign manager of Meatless Monday Israel.

Interested in learning more about becoming a Reducetarian? Check out the book “The Reducetarian Solution.” It features 70 insightful essays from influential thought leaders on how reducing your meat consumption can transform your life and improve the life of the planet. The book also includes 40 delicious recipes from bestselling cookbook author Pat Crocker and has plenty of practical tips for reducing meat in your diet.