Sir Paul urges 'meat-free Mondays'

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Sir Paul urges ‘meat-free Mondays’


“Sir Paul McCartney has called on Britons to adopt “meat-free Mondays” to cut carbon emissions.
Sir Paul
The former Beatle said cutting out meat one day a week was popular in Australia, where shoppers had become conscious of the environmental impact of cattle rearing and meat production.

In an interview with trade magazine The Grocer, Sir Paul called on UK consumers to cut down on meat consumption even if they could not give it up altogether.

He said: “A lot of people go to the gym on a Monday. With meat-free Mondays, it’s a bit like going to the gym but with the added advantage of protecting the planet.”

Sir Paul, a long-term vegetarian, said he was encouraged by the lead set by the UN on the issue.

“One of the most significant conclusions of the recent report on climate change was that we should eat less meat. This is not the Vegetarian Society that said that. It’s the UN.”

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2 thoughts on “Sir Paul urges 'meat-free Mondays'

  • 2nd July 2008 at 1:04 am
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    I have lived in Australia since 1990 and I am vegetarian. It is certainly news to me that meat-free days are popular in Australia. I’ve never heard it mentioned and I’ve not seen any evidence of it where I live (Brisbane; a city of over 1 million people). I would love it to be so…

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  • 6th July 2008 at 1:14 am
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    Sadly I have to agree with you Janet, I’m in Adelaide and have seen no evidence of this either. There are certainly ‘cultural differences’ in the way the Aussies eat (soya milk is thankfully very popular over here)but Ive seen no evidence of average aussies being more aware of animal rights or environmental issues at all. Often, people seem to drink soya milk or choose veggie food for health reasons rather than because they are making a political or moral statement.

    Anyway, if there are any other Australians lurking, check out the Adelaide vegan festival: http://www.veganfestival.info/

    And for the scousers, please persuade Mattas to set up a subsidiary down under!

    Cheers
    Scott

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