Smart Diet Scale
“The rise in global obesity rates over the last three decades has been substantial and widespread, presenting a major public health epidemic in both the developed and the developing world. We at Smart Diet Scale support Meat Free Monday’s efforts not only to help the earth’s carbon footprint, but to slow the worldwide problem of obesity.” – Nick Batsikouras
Nick Batsikouras is the Inventor/Founder/CEO of Smart Diet Scale, committed to helping people choose healthier food choices and lifestyles.
University College London Union
“The Meat Free Mondays campaign has been received well by our customers and students here at UCLU. The support that we have seen from the volunteers has been great and the campaign impact would not have been as good if it was not for all their efforts.” – Martin McCollam
Martin McCollam is the Food and Beverage Manager of University College London Union, which has four cafés based around the Bloomsbury campus all currently promoting MFM and offering a 15% discount on veggie food on Mondays.
“Sunbeam Studios caters for many of the world’s most influential tastemakers and are proud to support the MFM campaign. We are also delighted that so many of our photographic and event clients have embraced our work towards further sustainability. At Sunbeam we are always looking for ways in which to evolve our food offering within our responsibility to the environment. Getting behind MFM is a natural step we are excited to take.” – Jonathan Crosthwaite
Jonathan Crosthwaite is the Catering Manager of Sunbeam Kitchen, the catering division of Sunbeam Studios – a photographic studio and events venue in London. Sunbeam Studios now offers a completely vegetarian menu to clients every Monday in solidarity with Meat Free Monday.
“Over 20 of our schools in London and Cambridge have now adopted Meat Free Monday and there has been an overwhelmingly positive response. Great for students’ health, great for the planet – it’s a win-win!” – Peter McAleese, Operations Director, Lunchtime Company.
Lunchtime Company is a schools contract catering company specialising in fabulous food, outstanding service and a vision for the future. The company is based in Cambridge and North London.
“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.