Meatless Monday in the News

“At a time when advocates of healthful eating are trying to show all of us, no matter our income levels, how to find and prepare more vegetables and legumes in our diets… there’s nothing wrong with the city’s politicians urging us… to put our veggies where our mouths are. For at least one day of the week.”

- Carla Hall for the Los Angeles Times

“People who have already taken the Meat Free Mondays Australia pledge include Sir Richard Branson, Maggie Beer, sports legend Pat Cash and top TV chef Simon Bryant. The campaign has been launched by the Do Something! charity and the Fry’s Family Foundation to educate Australians about the health and environmental benefits of eating less meat.”

- Brett Wortman for the Fraser Coast Chronicle

“Meatless Monday may be the most effective campaign yet to address these problems, encouraging incremental changes in Americans’ meat consumption. It’s catching on in a big way: Last week the City of Los Angeles even signed the resolution to encourage Angelenos to go meatless one day a week!”

- Steve Holt for Take Part

“[Meatless Monday] is ‘really a simple solution to get a message out,’ says Judy Caplan, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a dietitian in Vienna, Va. ‘What I like about it is, they are not proselytizing, they are offering a solution [to cut fat intake],’ she says. It also gets people thinking about how to get protein without relying on meat.”

- Kathleen Doheny for Web MD

“We’ve always been fans of vegetarian eating. Now we’re taking the commitment to healthy eating one step further by making every Monday a meatless one… Meat-heavy diets have been linked with endless complications, from lung disease to stroke… After going vegetarian, some of our Prevention readers reported a disappearance of belly fat, a new consistency to their weight, and slimmer hips and legs. Sign us up!”

- Mandy Oaklander for Prevention

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture has long tried to figure out how to help Americans be better eaters. Since the 1980s, the USDA has issued dietary guidelines – think back to that food pyramid. (Meatless Monday advocates point out that eating something other than meat for a day fits quite comfortably with what the USDA says about how we should be eating.)”

- Nancy Scola for Reuters

“The rationale behind an idea like ‘Meatless Mondays’ is crystal clear. It’s exactly the kind of step the USDA should be endorsing. T

- Ben Grossman Cohen, press officer for Oxfam America’s GROW Campaign, on CNN

“If [Mario Batali], one of the industry’s last great heavy-hitting gourmands, a man who seemingly eats most everything with lardo, a man whose father runs a meat-specific business, thinks we could all stand to eat vegetables for a day, then maybe it’s worth considering.”

- Amy Scattergood for LA Weekly

“Eating meat every day is not a good thing. Which is the very moderate, reasonable starting position of the Meatless Monday movement. At no time does this position even suggest that livestock producers cease to exist. It merely and meekly requires an acceptance that the optimal level of meat consumption is different from the maximum level.”

- Alex E Proimos for Treehugger

“The concept of ‘Meatless Mondays’ has been adopted as the banner phrase for a war against excessive meat consumption and, by extension, the toll that meat production takes on the environment. The movement has been supported by well-known actors and chefs, nutritionists, non-profit organizations and has been adopted at schools and hospitals across the country.”

- Gretchen Goetz for Food Safety News

“Consumer awareness of Meatless Monday is high, so leverage that to promote your menu on a Monday. Tap into and use the buzz that already exists through social or print media to get the word out about what you’re doing.”

- Dave Willard, senior director of culinary services for Sodexo Healthcare Services, in The National Culinary Review

“The point isn’t to convert the world to vegetarianism, but to show people that going without meat one day a week isn’t that hard and can encourage you to try foods you might otherwise pass up in favor of a burger or steak. If everyone in the U.S. ate meatless one day a week, it would be the environmental equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles.”

- Mother Nature Network