Meatless Monday? What Do You Think?

National Public Radio recently reported on the efforts of a New York man who hopes to influence the way we eat one day every week.

Chefs, public health advocates and even moms are backing Sid Lerner in his Meatless Monday campaign, which targets the health issues of high cholesterol and heart disease. Experts say a risk factor for these chronic health conditions is eating too much saturated fat, which is the type of fat found in most meats including bacon. (For more information, click here)

Sid Lerner, the founder of Meatless Mondays, is a retired advertising industry executive who enjoys his share of meat. Lerner, however, is concerned about the increasing volume of meat Americans consume as well as the resulting health effects. So he decided to do something about it.

Lerner knows he faces a big challenge in pitching Meatless Monday. The concept is focused on persuading people to cut back on saturated fat by eating three meatless meals every Monday. Lerner launched a not-for-profit organization to spread the word, and he raises money from foundations and partners with health experts.

Even though we love bacon and can’t imagine a world without our beloved pork bellies, we wonder if Lerner’s idea makes some sense. Bacon will always occupy a special place in our hearts, of course, but we’re curious if the Meatless Monday approach could do a better job of calling attention to wellness and health issues than attempting to legislate consumer behavior.

What do you think, citizens and bacon lovers? Do you think the idea will go anywhere? Why? And how would you feel about waiting until Tuesday to crack open the next package of bacon? Let us know!

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