Meatless Monday campaign reaches more than half of America

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

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Awareness of the ‘Meatless Monday’ campaign has reached more than half of Americans, according to an online tracking survey conducted by FGI Research.

The poll found that 50.22 percent of 2,000 American adults in a nationally representative sample were aware of the campaign, which encourages people to avoid eating meat one day a week – up from 30 percent awareness six months ago.

In response to the survey results, the initiative said on its website: “This is astonishing given that the campaign has no paid media or even pro bono advertising typical of public service campaigns.”

Instead, awareness is driven by viral campaigns and the participation of key organizations, such as foodservice giant Sodexo, and influential individuals, including Oprah.

The FGI Research poll also revealed that among those who said they were aware of the Meatless Monday initiative, 27 percent said that the campaign had influenced their decision to cut back on meat.

Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, and promotes the notion that cutting back on meat consumption could be beneficial for personal health and the environment. Indeed, Meatless Monday has become associated with climate change campaigns, although estimates of the impact of meat and dairy animals’ carbon emissions vary widely.

In late 2009, a report by a current and a former environmental expert at the World Bank, Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, argued that the greenhouse gases produced in the lifecycle and supply chain of livestock could account for as much as 51 percent of total emissions – far more than the 18 percent suggested by the Food and Agriculture Organization, or the 24 percent estimated by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

Industry impact?

Commenting on the Meatless Monday initiative’s potential impact on the meat industry, communications director of the Animal Agriculture Alliance Sarah Hubbart said it is “something to watch”​ but added that 97 percent of Americans choose to include meat, milk and eggs as part of their diet, according to a Harris Interactive poll conducted for Vegetarian Times​.

“Most institutions that ‘participate’ in the Meatless Monday initiative haven’t eliminated meat products from their offerings – they simply provide additional meat-free options,”​ she said.

Hubbart added: “It’s opened the door for more conversations about food production, which is a good thing.”

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Posted by banh,

Meatless Monday, 50% of North America? Is this the North America on planet Earth, or some other solar system. I think the vegan zombies will need to create their own colonies soon. Carla, don't be too worried about your meat will have plenty of demand on it. The same crowd which swoons for Al Gore's speeches about global warming and Peta demonstrations will be the people who need the most meat in ten years when they can't hardly lift themselves from their chairs after eating a few hundred kilograms of Kellogg's faux-meat, GMO, lab-created "proteins"..

Some of these meat-hating groups are becoming a little goofy..

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Posted by Carla Strong,

As a meat producer I am unhappy with this campain and believe the money would be better spent on advertising the importance of High Quality Protein offered at low prices from Pork , Lamb and Beef.

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