Saturday, February 12, 2011

Embracing Meatless Mondays!

For many people, eating a completely meat free diet is something they simply don't want to do. Still, there are plenty of "carnivores" out there who want to reduce their meat intake and the environmental impacts of eating meat such as energy consumption, and the amount of water and land necessary to raise animals.

An initiative, begun in 2003, in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health, to rejuvinate the idea of Meatless Mondays, has become an easy way for people to reduce their meat intake.

Meatless Mondays have grown in popularity and now several major restaurant chains and food industries have embraced the tradition, which began as early as WWI and WWII to conserve food and energy for the war effort.

Check out the companies below to learn more about who is partaking in Meatless Mondays and click on the links to learn how you can practice Meatless Monday in your own community!

Sodexo: One of the world’s largest institutional feeders has officially launched Meatless Monday in their national network of schools, hospitals, worksites and government agencies.

Moe’s Southwest GrillMoe’s is boosting their commitment to sustainability and healthy options by featuring Meatless Monday in their restaurants across the country.

Bloomingfoods Market & Deli Each Monday, Bloomingfoods goes meatless at the hot bars in its three locations in Southern Indiana.

San Francisco The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a meatless Monday resolution, encouraging restaurants, schools and grocery stores to offer plant-based options.

Portland Whole Foods Market Chef Ivy Manning teaches a regular Meatless Monday cooking class to show how carnivores can eat less meat without sacrificing flavor.

Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore has the honor of being the first school system in the country to go meatless, offering its 80,000 students a plant-based lunch every Monday.

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