What do Pierce Brosnan, Anthony Kiedis and Einstein have in common? (besides an "ie" or "ei" letter combination.)
You guessed it - they all choose to live meat-free, and not just on Mondays, either.
As of June 15th, 2009, "Meat Free Monday" was officially (re)launched in the UK and support has spread worldwide as the day has become more well-known.
The Independent, a UK-based newspaper, reveals: "The McCartneys have attracted support from across the worlds of showbusiness, science, business and the environment. The singer Chris Martin, Hollywood stars Kevin Spacey and Woody Harrelson, actress Joanna Lumley and Sir Richard Branson are advocating meat-free Mondays."
Support has also come from comedians Ricky Gervais, David Walliams and Matt Lucas, the poet Benjamin Zephaniah and Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman.
Another supporter, Sir David King, the Government's former chief scientist, said: "The carbon and water footprints associated with producing beef are about 20 times larger than maize (corn) production. Eating less meat will help the environment."'
Sadly, about 1/3 of the land mass of the entire planet is used for livestock or dairy production. Eating a veggie burger every week can reduce as much carbon monoxide emissions as driving a Prius! So think about it, for many different reasons.
The Meat Free Monday Song:
To further help spread the news that going meat-free is catching on, check out this partial list of well-known vegetarians and vegans, compiled by HappyCow.net (in alphabetical order):
Adam Carson of AFI
Alicia Silverstone (vegan)
Andre 3000 Benjamin of Outkast
Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Bill Walton (NBA)
Brandon Boyd of Incubus
Chris Evans (Fantastic 4)
Chris Martin of Coldplay
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (same hometown as me)
Fiona Apple (vegan)
Henry David Thoreau
Joaquin Phoenix (vegan)
Joel of Good Charlotte
John Salley (NBA)
Johnny Cash (!)
Kirk Hammet of Metallica
Leonardo Da Vinci
Lisa Simpson (had to throw her in)
Mary Tyler Moore
Michael Bolton ;)
Michael Franti of Spearhead
Mike Gordon of Phish
Mr. Fred Rogers (!) - not surprising. can you imagine mr. rogers eating a steak? i can't.
Pierce Brosnan (James Bond)
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ricky Williams (NFL player)
Rivers Cuomo of Weezer
Robert Smith of The Cure
The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan
St. Francis d'Assisi
Samuel L. Jackson ("That IS a tasty veggie burger!")
Sir Isaac Newton
The Roots (yes, the entire band.)
Thom Yorke of Radiohead (vegan)
Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine
Tommy Lee of Motley Crue
Tony Gonzales (NFL player)
Vincent Van Gogh
Weird Al Yankovic (vegan!)
Woody Harrelson (vegan)
I tried to select a nice cross-section for this abbreviated list, so that everyone could find someone they relate to, and think to themselves "Oh, if so-and-so can do it, I can too." etc. You can find an even more comprehensive list here, updated October 28, 2009 as of the writing of this post.