Oprah Asks Fans to Join Her in Supporting Meatless Monday

August 29th, 2016

Oprah Winfrey, media tycoon extraordinaire and longtime Meatless Monday supporter, recently reaffirmed her support of the movement.

Oprah interviewed Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society (a Meatless Monday partner organization) and author of the new book, Humane Economy, on her OWN network show SuperSoul Sunday. During the interview, Pacelle offered up participating in Meatless Monday as an easy action step anyone can adopt to move towards a more plant-based diet. Oprah then took to Twitter to share her support of Meatless Monday with her more than 33 million followers.



Oprah first showed support for the Meatless Monday movement in 2009, when she and journalist Michael Pollan discussed how eating less meat is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. “I’m not talking about going vegetarian,” Pollan said on The Oprah Winfrey Show. “But even one meatless day a week – a Meatless Monday, which is what we do in our household – if everybody in America did that, that would be the equivalent of taking 20 million midsize sedans off the road.”

Oprah celebrates her decision to bring Meatless Monday to the Harpo staff.

Then in 2011, Oprah again interviewed Pollan and another Meatless Monday friend and supporter, author Kathy Freston, on her show. After challenging her staff to go vegan for a week, Oprah decided that a simple way to inspire the Harpo team to stay in the habit of eating more plant-based meals would be to implement Meatless Monday in the Harpo cafeteria. “Meatless Monday! Meatless Monday!” Oprah shouted as she shared the decision with her staff and viewers.

We’re honored to count Oprah among our supporters and we look forward to keeping up with her as she continues to share her enthusiasm for the movement with her millions of fans. Stay tuned!