Jessica Dailey

Food Provider Sodexo Starts Meatless Mondays Nationwide

by , 01/25/11
filed under: social responsibility

sodexo meatless mondays, meatless mondays, vegetarian lifestyle, green eating, sustainable food practices

If every American committed to a vegetarian diet just one day a week, we could save 1 ton of water and 12 billion gallons of gasoline. While we may never reach those numbers, the institutional food provider Sodexo just gave them a big boost by joining the Meatless Monday campaign. The company serves nearly 10 million people every day in hospitals, universities, and corporate cafeterias around the country. After a successful pilot last fall, the initiative was brought to more than 900 hospital clients this month, and all of Sodexo’s clients will join by the end of the year.

sodexo meatless mondays, meatless mondays, vegetarian lifestyle, green eating, sustainable food practicesImage via Meatless Monday

Corporate and government cafeterias will see the program this spring, universities will have it by the fall, and senior centers will join by December. The campaign works with food providers to create interesting, flavorful vegetarian dishes that they promote during the week. Banners, pamphlets and special menus will provide diners with information about Meatless Mondays and why opting for a veg-only dish is better for their health and the environment.

Sodexo began emphasizing healthier and more sustainable eating and lifestyle choices in 2009 when the company launched its “Better Tomorrow Plan,” which pledges to protect and restore the environment, encourage better food choices, and promote personal health and wellness.

WHY THIS MATTERS:

These stats from Meatless Monday say it all: The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change; An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef, whereas soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound; on average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. compared to 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein. The bottom line is that eating less meat helps us reduce our carbon footprint, save water, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Via Treehugger

Lead image © SweetOnVeg via Creative Commons

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4 Comments

  1. Mary Ellen Bowen December 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Do you review books? Our new title….Jazzy Vegetarian……is currently being featured on Public TV all over the country in a program by the same name. Let me know if you want a review copy. Thank you, Mary Ellen, Healthy Living Campaign Manager, 931-964-3571

  2. catherine frinier January 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    This is great. The information is getting out. These campaigns are incredibly important. When you cook/order and eat vegetarian and raw, you will never miss what you have omitted. It is kinder. It is smarter. It will make a difference.

  3. RMS0473 January 27, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Too bad they can’t treat their workers as good as they treat the environment. :(

  4. targophoto January 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Are you sure we’d only save “1 ton of water”? I think we can save that much by not watering a few lawns. Maybe it’s supposed to say a billion tons?

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