Slow and Steady

Meat free Mondays

Posted on: June 16, 2009

I read this story with interest


Sir Paul McCartney and his family were joined by Yoko Ono and other celebrity guests as they launched a campaign urging people to go vegetarian once a week to help combat climate change.

The former Beatle, his daughters Stella and Mary and a host of stars want people to consider giving up meat on Mondays.

The aim of the campaign, called Meat Free Monday, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s livestock population, thought to be a major cause of global warming.

VIP guests including Kate Bosworth, Kelly Osbourne, Lauren Laverne, Monty Don and Moby walked down an appropriately-coloured green carpet to the launch event in St James’s Park in London.

Ono’s relationship with John Lennon has in the past been cited in some quarters as a factor in rifts between the Beatles.

But Ono and Sir Paul were all smiles on Monday as they posed together for pictures in the middle of a big group of celebrities.

Sir Paul said: “I thought this was a great idea. To just reduce your meat intake maybe by one day a week and this would seriously benefit the planet.”

He joked: “My family have been this way for years – vegetarians, that is.”

Sir Paul’s late wife Linda, who died in 1998, was a noted vegetarian campaigner and a range of meat-free dishes bearing her name are still being sold.

Ono, dressed in a sailor-style black and red hat topped off with an anchor, said: “Give up one day and then it will be two days maybe. It’s a very, very intelligent idea.”

I try to incorporate a meat free day in my week. When I was living alone it was more like 2 but my family don’t feel like it’s a real meal unless there is meat there.

I’ve fooled them by using quorn, it’s expensive when it’s not on special offer though. I used to love Linda McCartney’s sausages, but I think they’ve changed the recipe and it’s not as nice as it used to be.

Meat free Monday has a nice ring to it, however it probably isn’t the best day in the week to have a meat free day if you are a traditional family. Surely Mondays are leftover Sunday dinner days?


1 Response to "Meat free Mondays"

I felt exactly the same when I heard about this Mondays are left over dinner days or a start of the week day when you don’t want to feel deprived!

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