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Meat Institute offers resolution for ‘Meat Denied’ office workers

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The ‘Meat Denied’ trend has led to office workers being banned from consuming meat
The ‘Meat Denied’ trend has led to office workers being banned from consuming meat
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has created resources for office workers through the website – IChooseMeat.com – who have been affected by what it dubs the ‘Meat Denied’ trend.

The ‘Meat Denied’ trend has swept across US offices recently, leading to workers being restricted from eating meat due to its ‘environmental impact’.

The website has a number of resources for those who don’t agree with the ‘Meat Denied’ decision, including ‘Top Ten Ways to Sneak Meat into the Office’ and ‘Best Excuses to Get Out of Your Office’s Meatless Lunch’.

NAMI said the website, which is also offering resources for schools, are for those who feel pressured to remove or limit meat as a menu choice.

The trade association added that, according to federal data, men are consuming meat at recommended levels and women are slightly under-consuming, which they said made restricting meat access in the workplace “unnecessary​”.

Other data from the Environment Protection Agency has shown that animal agriculture contributes around 4% of greenhouse gas emissions, compared to 28% for both energy production and transportation.

NAMI’s vice president of public affairs Eric Mittenthal said companies should reduce their energy consumption and encourage public transportation rather than cutting back meat.

It is disappointing that any company would make a decision to remove a nutritious and delicious food choice, especially when the data is clear that the path to meaningful environmental impact reductions is not through the stomach​,” said Mittenthal.

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