It runs from Monday 18th March -Sunday 24th March.
Its a fundraising event to raise awareness about factory farming and excessive meat consumption.
There are many ways to get involved. You could just join the challenge by agreeing not to eat any kind of meat for the duration of the week. You can sponsor someone who has signed up. You can buy t-shirts to show your support for the event.
There is even a link for people who are already vego showing ways that you can help the event too - perhaps cooking a veg meal for someone, holding a fundraiser evening or organising a meal out at a veg restaurant!
I think its a great encouragement to help people stop and think about the amount of meat they are eating and where it comes from. Australians are one of the biggest meat consuming countries in the world. We eat 190,000 tonnes of meat each year. That's an average consumption of 120kg per person each year - and that means many people are consuming a lot more than that since our household accounts for none ;-)
Research is continually showing that eating more plant-based meals is much better for our overall health. Not to mention the huge cost to our environment that raising animals for consumption is having! And of course, lets not forget the animals involved - they are living creatures with thoughts and feelings too! Just like you and me..... anyone who has pets knows that animals have feelings too!
Want some recipe ideas??? Here's some of my recipes that I have found are loved by vego's and non-vego's alike:
- lentil bolognese
- chickpea & veg medley
- lentil loaf
- potato lattice pizza (show how awesome cheeseless pizza can be!)
- cold days salad (who said salad had to be boring???)
- fritters 5 ways
- warm potato salad
- easy kale lunch wrap
You can also check out the recipes provided on the meat free week page. They all look delicious if you ask me!
"any change, no matter how small, is better than no change at all"
You can read about my journey here --> my vegan story.
Are you going to join in meat free week?
How do you intend to get involved?