Commentary: Food Network host promotes ‘Meatless Monday’

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Popular Food Network personality Giada De Laurentis launched her 2013 season with an episode entitled “Meatless Mondays.” De Laurentis prepares meatless meals every Monday night for “health” and “environmental reasons,” according to a description of the episode on

“We are disappointed that a chef as popular as Ms. De Laurentis would lend her name to a movement funded and supported by radical animal rights activists,” said Animal Agriculture Alliance President and CEO Kay Johnson Smith. “We believe in consumer choice when it comes to selecting one’s meal choices, but this particular campaign is based on misleading and false information which is a disservice to America’s hard working farm families, as well as consumers.”  

'Meatless Monday' is a carefully orchestrated campaign that seeks to eliminate meat from Americans’ meals seven days a week—beginning with Mondays. Organized through the Center for a Livable Future at John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, the campaign, which is funded in large part by wealthy, long-time animal rights activist Helaine Lerner, pushes an extreme animal rights and environmental agenda by promoting false claims about animal agriculture.

The Center for a Livable Future has been associated with extremist anti-animal agriculture groups including, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Farm Sanctuary and Compassion Over Killing, and is responsible for the anti-modern farming efforts by the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment, as well as The Meatrix video series.

In another anti-meat campaign, on Jan. 15, in the Virginia State legislature, House Joint Resolution 567 was introduced at the request of Compassion Over Killing. HJR 567 called for designating the last week in April each year as “VegWeek” in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The resolution, which initially contained many completely disparaging and inaccurate claims about animal agriculture, was unanimously defeated in the Virginia House Rules Committee that same day.

“Even though HJR 567 was quickly defeated, it is efforts like these that highlight the true intent of animal rights groups to eliminate meat from every meal,” explained Johnson Smith. “It is important that consumers understand the true agenda of campaigns such as these and do their own homework so they can make informed decisions that meet their values, as well as their nutritional needs.”

To learn more about the myths and facts of the Meatless Mondays movement and for a comprehensive resource guide, visit the Animal Agriculture Alliance website

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Los Angeles  |  January, 20, 2013 at 03:06 PM

I couldn't be more thrilled! I love Giada and look forward to her meatless recipes.

Thom Katt    
Midwest  |  January, 21, 2013 at 01:55 PM

Of course you are thrilled, Jennifer. Misery loves company. Stay on the meat free diet long enough and you can look forward to being a near-anorexic as Giada appears to be.

January, 21, 2013 at 09:03 AM

I will continue to maintain lean meat in my diet every day as the protein is vital nutrition, the animals have been raised humanely using environmentally friendly practices and finally it supports our U.S. farm economy.

kansas  |  January, 21, 2013 at 06:53 PM

Professional Trolling for pay, or a cause, or whatever by Jennifer & JC from those great farming centers, Los Angeles - Jenn and The Secret Hide-out - JC. Always amazed at how quickly they arrive when there's mention made of their favorite cults (hsus, peta, etc., etc. ad nauseum). How do you crazy kids do it? And I'm also not sure which is more revolting and obnoxius either... blatant vegan thrills, or mincing snobbery of "lean", "humanely", "environmentally friendly". Both are evidence of the obscene levels of the willful ignorance our urban cousins have achieved in these self-absorbed modern times.

Rural Southern Minnesota  |  January, 22, 2013 at 01:48 PM

Michael, sorry for offending you with my passion for animal agriculture. No trolling for pay urban pro here. Just passionate about an industry I have been involved with both in livestock and food production for 45 years. I use my same passion to teach our current and future generations of the value of animal ag to our society.

kansas  |  January, 22, 2013 at 07:26 PM

I'm never offended by anyone's passion for animal agriculture and I hope you continue to have it. However, your choice of words strikes me as odd for anyone who's standing solid against the manipulative, corrosive undermining of sound, responsible and traditional livestock production methods. I'm probably overly sensitive, and may even be totally wrong, but I believe that pandering to the anti-meat/anti-modern agriculture movement by adopting their subjective language even a little ("lean", "humanely", "environmentally friendly", "sustainable", etc.) is "passive" and a surrender. Language is an important thing and more important than most people imagine. Try reading Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals" and you'll see what I'm saying, modern Ags attackers have. So, I'm glad to hear you aren't a snarky adolescent attack poodle like Jennifer, and hope you'll see my comments as regarding principles rather than personalities. GB

Rural Southern Minnesota  |  January, 22, 2013 at 08:16 PM

Michael, I take your comments as constructive criticism. I agree with you we do need to be proactive and not passive in speaking for our livelihood.

Germany  |  September, 23, 2013 at 07:22 AM

or look at McDonalds diet: Eating McDonald's gave me TRIPLETS! Vegetarian who was told she would never have children gives birth to three babies after turning to a daily diet of meat

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