“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.
Summit Sport & Outdoor Education
“As a result of living with a vegetarian family whilst working in America, I have gradually reduced my meat intake by around 40%. Meat Free Monday provides a realistic starting point for people to savour the most enjoyable and nutritious vegetarian meals, while also contributing to a greener, sustainable carbon footprint.” – Matt Ward
Matt Ward is the Managing Director of Summit Sport & Outdoor Education. The company’s ethos is to promote environmentally friendly and healthy active lifestyles, through a combination of indoor/outdoor physical activities and outdoor education. Whilst offering these services, the company encourages schools to make positive choices about the quality and sustainability of their school dinners.
Foundation for International Education (FIE)
“We’ve created MFM magnets as a reminder for staff and students when opening the fridge, hosted staff meat free ‘pot luck’ lunches, created meat free recipe cards for the residence halls and even engaged students in meat free cooking sessions. Among our core values are sustainability and social justice, and getting on board with MFM is an excellent way to demonstrate our commitment to these values.” – Julie Andreshak-Behrman, Chief Academic Officer
The Foundation for International Education (FIE) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the development of creative learning environments wherein an understanding of, and appreciation for, the privileges and responsibilities of international citizenship is fostered. FIE provides immersive study abroad programs in London, Dublin, and Amman for undergraduate students.
“We at ETHOS are proud to be working alongside the Meat Free Monday campaign and we’re as passionate as they are about helping people discover deliciously different, meat free cuisine. There are so many reasons to eat less meat – health and environmental for starters – but for us it’s just about great tasting food. So go on – join us for a Meat Free Monday, or any day of the week!” – Jessica Kruger
Jessica Kruger is the founder of ETHOS, a sophisticated and contemporary meat free restaurant in central London.