Quorn Foods has called on the foodservice industry to go “meat free” next Monday (June 13, 2016) – World Meat Free Day – to raise awareness of food security issues linked to overreliance on meat.
Quorn says the global population is set to rise by 30% by 2050 – to just shy of 10 billion people. Food production would need to rise by 70% to feed this larger, wealthier and more urban population. Scaled to a population of that size, our demand for meat simply can’t be met; raising serious food security concerns.
However, small changes can make a huge difference. If just ONE person made the choice to give up meat for one day they could save the equivalent daily water usage of nine people; and generate a carbon saving equivalent to boiling a kettle 388 times
In addition to environmental savings, the World Meat Free Day campaign will shine a spotlight on how reduced meat consumption can have a huge impact on people’s diets in terms of saturated fat, calorie intake and fibre content. Operators can even use the website’s Sustainability Calculator to find out exactly how much of a saving has been made. And consumers keen to support the campaign can use the Restaurant Finder to locate venues that are participating. Find out more at www.worldmeatfreeday.com
Tony Davison, commercial manager foodservice, Quorn Foods said: “We’re not asking operators to take meat off their menus forever – just one day. This small show of support carries huge benefits for the world. That’s why we’re encouraging operators to get behind this initiative and back World Meat Free Day to show their customers how small changes can have a massive impact.”