Meat Free Monday One day a week can make a world of difference

Save meat for festive feasts, says government food advisor

Meat consumption is “out of control” and we should eat meat only on special occasions, according to a London academic who advises the government.

Posted : 1 February 2012

Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University, says both climate change and the obesity epidemic could be tackled if we ate meat only on traditional “feast” days, such as Christmas.

“Let’s go back to where culture has been for thousands of years, which is meat is an exception,” says Professor Lang. “If you were growing meat yourself, it is an incredibly slow process and killing and eating an animal is a special day.”

Rather than advocate a Meat Free Monday, Lang – an advisor not only to the Department for Environment but also the World Health Organization – went further, suggesting that the environmental and health impacts of too much meat meant it should be a once-a-week treat at most.

“I am saying instead of having one day where you do not eat meat, eat meat once a week and have really good, grass-fed meat.”

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