If you’re traveling this summer, one thing is certain: you’ll never be far from Meatless Monday. The movement is now in 35 countries; it is embraced by scores of governments, companies and schools; and, of course, millions of individuals participate every week. In addition to the countries listed on the Meatless Monday Global Page, here’s how Meatless Monday is being celebrated around the world:
First, welcome Bolivia to the Meatless Monday Community! Early in 2014, APLAB (Amor por los animals Bolivia, translation: Love for Bolivian Animals) launched their Lunes sin Carne campaign with great success. Every Sunday, they promote Lunes sin Carne at a fair in the center the capital city—La Paz. Their promotions include vegetarian and vegan food samples and recipes to help the community learn about and prepare for Meatless Monday. Other efforts include active outreach on Facebook, where they promote Meatless Monday and share meatless recipes with over 22,000 followers. Three times a year they organize large events with music, vegetarian foods, and educational promotions. Going meatless is popular in La Paz, where there are now more than five vegetarian restaurants.
In Metro Manila, Harina Artisan Bakery Café launched its Meatless Monday campaign in April. According to a company release, Harina decided to serve the vegetarian meals on a Monday, when “people are usually enthusiastic and raring to begin something new, something good.” Judy Lao, vegetarian food advocate and consultant for the vegetarian menu for Harina, told BusinessWorld, “I think for the longest time we were advocating vegetarian food. (We figured) why don’t we just do something like Meatless Monday?” According to Ms. Lao, who has taken a week-long sojourn with the Tzu Chi Foundation, a Buddhist charitable foundation, vegetarian meals are also good for the soul. For more, read the entire article.
Louis Hotels, one of the leading travel, cruising and hotel groups in the Mediterranean, has embraced Meatless Monday in their hotels in Cyprus and Greece. As part of their on-going Sustainability Policy, the company states they are “proud to support the worldwide initiative to reduce consumption of meat called Meatless Monday. By so doing, we aim to educate our guests about the impacts of their food choices on the environment, without however reducing the quantity, quality and variety of our meat based dishes. We will simply re-invent and re-enforce our vegetarian options so that those who wish to adopt the Meatless Monday campaign during their stay, will be able to do so in a creative, tasty and stomach-filling way.” Thinking of summering in Greece? Here’s the Louis Hotels website.
Costa Rica Beer Factory has become the first restaurant in Costa Rica to go Meatless. “This initiative, which is unique within the country, allows (The Costa Rica Beer Factory) to reinforce our commitment to social responsibility in the fight against climate change, and at the same time offer our customers a more varied menu with original and meatless recipes,” said Monica Mendoza, partner and human resources director, as quoted in the Costa Rican Times. “For this reason, starting Monday May 19th our restaurant-bar will have an expanded menu with vegetarian options available every Monday for our friends and customers to enjoy.” The inaugural Meatless Monday was on May 19. Raise a glass!