May 31, 2016
On World Environment Day, HSI Reminds Mexicans that Food Choices Can Help the Planet
MEXICO CITY – On World Environment Day, Humane Society International, one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations, sends out a reminder that we can all help the planet every time we sit down to eat by choosing more plant-based foods. Meatless Monday is a popular global movement led by HSI in Mexico. Meatless Monday invites consumers to enjoy a holiday from meat, eggs and dairy one day a week, to help animals, our health and the environment.
Since the launch of HSI’s Meatless Monday campaign in Mexico, not only have countless individuals come on board, choosing plant-based foods on Mondays, but renowned chefs, restaurants, celebrities, and other food industry leaders in the country are also eagerly joining the initiative, helping to create a more sustainable and compassionate Mexico.
One of the largest companies in Mexico to have joined the movement is Eurest, the leading food service provider in Mexico. HSI has partnered with Eurest to make Meatless Monday part of the company’s Health and Wellness program. Under the program, Eurest not only promotes the benefits of Meatless Monday among its own employees, but also among its clients, working together with them and HSI to implement the program in their corporate cafeterias.
Roberto Almazan, director of operations at Eurest Mexico, stated: “We’re proud to be part of the Meatless Monday program in Mexico and work together with Humane Society International to drive this initiative in Eurest, and as one of the largest food service companies, we care about the health and well-being of our clients, their families, and our planet.”
Paulina Moreno, food policy manager at HSI/Mexico, stated: “We’re thrilled to partner with so many chefs, restaurants and other food industry leaders like Eurest to offer more plant-based foods to consumers, foods that are not only delicious and healthy, but that also allow us to reduce animal suffering and reduce our environmental footprint. We’ve had a great response from the public, and look forward to partnering with more institutions to implement Meatless Monday.”
HSI advocates compassionate eating – or the Three Rs: “reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products, and “refining” our diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.
- According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, animal agriculture is responsible for some of the most serious environmental issues, like climate change, water pollution, and water use, and responsible for approximately 15 percent of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.
- Studies have shown that switching from an average meat diet to a vegetarian diet could reduce the water footprint by 1,300 litres a day, equaling 474,500 litres a year.
- Renowned chefs, including Chef Miguel Bautista, Chef Diego Hernández, Chef Mariano Garcez, and celebrities like Eugenio Derbez, Marco Antonio Regil, Rubén Albarrán of Café Tacvba, Gabriela de la Garza and members of the music band Hello Seahorse! are supporters of HSI’s Meatless Monday campaign in Mexico.
- Eating more plant-based foods can also make us healthier. Reducing our consumption of meat is a great way to gain energy, feel better and even prevent disease. It’s also a great way to help reduce animal suffering. In Mexican factory farms, egg-laying hens are confined for their whole lives in wire cages so small they can’t even stretch their wings. And breeding sows are forced to spend their lives in individual gestation crates, where they can’t even turn around.
Laura Bravo, HSI/México, firstname.lastname@example.org, 04455 54556 1476