Meat Me Halfway Challenge

Food is one of the strongest levers to optimising environmental sustainability Chilli con carneand the health of humans. What we eat and the way food is produced has a significant impact on the environment.

The Meat Me Halfway Challenge is a delicious, nutritious and fun way to eat well and do something good for the planet and our future, and this challenge was inspired by Monash's Senior Marketing and Events Coordinator Elly Rayner.

This June, we're challenging staff to go meat-free for at least 2 days each week and make the swap to plant-based proteins. If you're up for a bigger challenge, aim to go meat-free for 4 days a week!

All you have to do is:

  1. Register here for the Meat Me Halfway Challenge.
  2. Share pictures of your meat-free meals AND/ OR your favourite meat-free recipe on Monash Wellbeing Workplace Group (Staff) or Monash Wellbeing Facebook page (Students).
  3. Use the following hashtags: #planetaryhealthmonash #meatmehalfway

Not sure how to post on Workplace? Check out our quick guide.

If you're already living meat-free, there are still plenty of ways you can get involved:

  • Challenge some of your meat loving colleagues and friends to sign up for the challenge
  • Share your favourite meat-free recipes or tips
  • If you're organising catering for an upcoming workplace event, offer 100% vegetarian options
  • Make it a team activity

Fast Facts

  • Did you know a typical indoor chicken farm uses approximately 16 tonnes of manufactured feed each week, and produces 30 tonnes of waste over a seven-week production cycle? [Cribb J, 2010]
  • Australians consume approximately 110kg of meat per person per annum, making Australia one of the top meat consuming countries in the world, and high meat consumption is associated with a higher ecological footprint per serving compared to other food groups. [Marinova et al, 2019]
  • A diet with more plant-based foods and fewer animal-based foods is good for both people and planet, and these dietary changes that we make collectively as a population contributes to a large positive impact.[Eat Lancet Commission]

Top tips to eating less meatVeggie Pizza

  1. Eat more plant based foods (e.g. fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, nuts). Plant based foods require lesser resources to produce compared to meat products.
  2. Find vegetarian swaps for your favourite dishes. Swap your mince for some lentils, or swap out the chicken in your stir fry for some tofu.
  3. Embrace nuts and seeds.
  4. Plan ahead and check out all the amazing meat-free recipes online. 
  5. Add flavour with herbs, spices and aromatics.
    Elevate your tofu game. Tofu is one of the most versatile alternatives to meat, and it's easy to make them taste awesome. Extra firm tofu has a firm meaty texture which is great for stir-fries, sandwiches and grain bowls, while soft silken tofu is great in soups.
  6. Start with small achievable goals. If you're going meat-free for the first time, start small with two days rather than going cold turkey completely.
  7. Buddy up and make it fun! Partnering with a like-minded friend/ colleague or making it a fun family affair can help you stay the course.

Keen to get started? Try these meat-free recipes!