“We’re all for arguments about the ethics of meat consumption, but we also realise that the easiest way to encourage vegetarianism is to make it seem like less of a frontier and more of a transition. Meat Free Monday embodies that idea, encouraging and helping people to dip their toes into a lifestyle that may otherwise seem too daunting.” – Jamie Spencer
Jamie Spencer founded Leafcard with his colleagues Daniel and Craig. Leafcard is a vegetarian dining card with which holders can get free vegetarian meals at the best spots in London. In support of Meat Free Monday, Leafcard is offering any site users annual Leafcards for £1 with the code ‘MFM’ on their site, www.leafcard.co.uk.
“A lot of people think of eating meat as a right but there’s no reason to eat meat every day – you can get all the nutrition you need by eating delicious veggie food. People should treat meat with more respect and appreciate where it comes from and the planetary and health costs involved.”
Victoria Pendleton is a World and Olympic Champion track cyclist.
City University London Students’ Union
“The environmental impact of going meat free is more significant than you’d think, even for just one day a week. There are some amazing vegetarian options available at City University London’s EatCity food outlets, and it’s great to give our members new choices to expand the range of foods – especially healthier and more ethical foods – that they can enjoy.”
Issy Cooke is the President of City University London Students’ Union for 2015-16. City University London Students’ Union supports Meat Free Monday as one of its ongoing environmental ‘Green Dragons’ projects, and runs stalls, activities, and social media campaigns highlighting the environmental impact of the meat industry and showing how individuals can make a difference. The Union works closely with Sodexo and with the University’s Sustainability team on the campaign.
“Trying to talk French people into having a meat free lunch is a bit like trying to have them quit red wine, but I have made the change myself so I won’t give up! It has opened my mind and made me a much fuller person. I have been a vegan for years now, it’s a lot easier than I thought and I love it.”
Initially a punk rocker and music journalist in London, Bruno Blum is a musician, artist and writer/musicologist based in Paris. His latest book, De Viandard à Végane, tells his life-long evolution from being a meat eater to going vegan.
“If you love nature, support Meat Free Monday. It is good for your health, good for the health of the planet, good for animal welfare and it will help feed the starving. What a wonderful combination!”
Chris Darwin is a great great grandson of Charles Darwin. To help prevent a global mass extinction of species, Chris is working to inspire the Western World to eat less meat or fish.
The International Semiotics Institute
“Eating is a primary need, and therefore a primary form of active citizenship: choosing what to eat or not to eat is a simple yet effective way to change a society. What we also like about MFM is the idea of picking one specific day of the week: it increases the awareness of the decision, and therefore its freedom value. The deeper the awareness, the greater the freedom.” – Dario Martinelli
Dario Martinelli is the Director of The International Semiotics Institute, based in Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), which is devoted to the study of the current problems and opportunities of the humanities, and their position within society. Activities include research, publications, events, teaching, consultations, and projects focused on social progress and sustainability.
“Meat free based ‘diets’ are becoming more and more common as consumers learn more about the environmental impacts of our meat consumption habits and the health benefits of cutting down on our meat consumption. Whether its a health, lifestyle or religious motivated decision to reduce or give up meat altogether, there is much to be gained from taking a step in this direction. That’s why we support Meat Free Monday.” – Yinka Makinde
Yinka Makinde is the Founder & CEO of Vital Footprint, a technology focused, food-services business established by a senior management team working with nutrition specialists and food safety experts.
Original Meat Free Gourmet (OMFG)
“For us, Meat Free Monday is exactly what we’re all about – reducing the impact of livestock globally. Changing people’s habits by bringing them new and tasty food is a simple way to make this happen. Many people just don’t realise how good a meat free meal can be. It DOES make a difference if more and more people can do it every week.” – Declan O’Toole
Declan O’Toole is the managing director of Original Meat Free Gourmet Ltd. Set up in 2013, OMFG has created a meat free range of sausages that aren’t just a ‘meat substitute’, but very tasty gourmet sausages that just happen to be made with vegetables. They are available in Holland and Barrett across the UK.
“Meat Free Monday is a fantastic way to support our planet and all the creatures on it. We believe the whole family should be able to join in, which is why we created our Wholesome Veggie Feast recipe for dogs.” – Henrietta Morrison
Henrietta Morrison is the Founder and CEO of Lily’s Kitchen. The company creates natural, delicious, wholesome food for dogs and cats because they believe that pets deserve to eat proper food that’s full of nourishing ingredients.
“We are all looking for a way to make a contribution to the preservation of our planet. Having a Meat Free Monday is a great way to do your bit, while eating in a kinder and more conscious way.”
Gwyneth Paltrow is an Academy Award-winning actress who has starred in films including Seven, Emma, Sliding Doors, A Perfect Murder, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shallow Hal and Proof.