A festive meal will be served in the Knesset cafeteria today to mark the launch of the Meatless Monday project. Starting this week, the cafeteria will offer three or four vegetarian and vegan entrees, in addition to meat meals, in an effort to encourage the reduced consumption of meat on Mondays. The goal of the project is to reduce the consumption of meat and the environmental damage caused by the increasing demand for it.
The launch of Meatless Monday joins a series of measures intended to offer healthier food to the workers in the Knesset building. The recipes were created by Sodexo, the hospitality company that runs the cafeteria, in collaboration with Unilever.
“I’m glad that from now on Knesset members and building employees will be able, with one simple act, to do something good for the environment and their health and set a personal example for the public,” said journalist Miki Haimovich, who conceived and runs the Meatless Monday project in Israel. She thanked MK Dov Lipman, who set up the Meatless Monday lobby in the Knesset, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Knesset director-general Ronen Plot.
More than 300,000 Israelis have adopted Meatless Monday, together with dozens of companies, organizations, public institutions, schools, municipalities and restaurants.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the initiative, saying, “Besides my responsibility as prime minister to protect our life here, I feel duty-bound to increase the awareness of working against cruelty to animals.” Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said, “I think it’s a great idea that’s hard to oppose. Even sworn carnivores can do without eating meat for one day and accept varied and rich vegetarian cuisine.”
MK Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid) said he was “proud that the Knesset participated in this project, related as it is to environmental quality, health and ethics. When it comes to reducing meat consumption, everybody wins: the planet, our health and animals. One meatless day may not sound like much, but together we can make significant change.”
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