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It’s "Meat-In" Monday At Penn State, Not Meat-Out

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Penn State students promote the benefits of meat in the diet to counteract Meatless Mondays on campus.

Today is Monday, and for many, it’s a day to go meatless. Some college campuses across the country have adopted the Meatless Monday routine, with their campus food services offering vegetarian lunches to kick off the students’ school week. To counteract this trend, many college students are fighting back by promoting the importance of animal protein in the diet. 

Seven years ago, former National Beef Ambassador Christie (Molinaro) Brown started a Meat-In Day at Penn State. This event created a positive buzz on campus about beef, with agricultural students offering meat sticks to their peers. This became a tradition, and seven years later, ag students are still gathering each spring to promote meat on campus.

The seventh annual Meat-In Day was held March 14 at Penn State. The theme of the event was, “My name is American farmer...Nice to MEAT you, pleased to feed you.”

“This year’s event focused on the nutritional benefits of animal products and how they provide essential nutrients,” says Amanda Mosier, this year’s student Meat-In chairperson. “It is important to continue Meat-In Day because many people are unaware of the many benefits of consuming meat and dairy products in their everyday diets. As in past years, the goal is always to encourage students and faculty to consume animal products by showing them that the products are safe and have health benefits.”

Mosier is an animal science student, with an agricultural business management minor. She is vice president of the Collegiate Cattlewomen and serves as the livestock chair for Block and Bridle. She hopes to find a job in industry relations or nutrition upon graduation. For Mosier, being a part of Meat-In Day makes sense, and she worked hard to get the word out.

 

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“We put an article on the Penn State Animal Sciences website and in the Penn State College of Ag student newsletter,” she says. “We also sold shirts designed with the event theme to anyone who was interested, so they could wear them on the day of the event.”

Cheers to the students at Penn State for taking an active role in promoting the animal agriculture industry on campus. It certainly takes a lot of time and effort to put on an event like this, and we all should appreciate their efforts.

Does your college campus push Meatless Mondays? If so, what are some tactics and tools you use to balance the conversation?

 

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Katlyn Rumbold (not verified)
on Mar 18, 2013

This is awesome! Kudos to Penn State!

Mathena (not verified)
on Mar 18, 2013

Good for them!

on Mar 19, 2013

Isn't it great? Very proud of the students at Penn State!

552923013 7# BZ 001 100 (not verified)
on Mar 19, 2013

My last Country Woman magazine had an article on Vegging out on Mondays. I think that is wrong for a farm oriented magazine. I am wondering if one of the anti-animal organizations is contributing to their magazine.

Glad to hear about the Penn State Meat-In Day

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 21, 2013

"Does your college campus push Meatless Mondays? If so, what are some tactics and tools you use to balance the conversation?"

The whole point of Meatless Monday is to balance the overwhelming popular conversation which has always been EAT ANIMAL MEAT. Attempting to "balance the conversation" on the one and only day of the entire week where a conversation about a meat free diet is welcomed is an attempt to eradicate conversation all together. Mondays are becoming a welcomed relief for many students who have animal meat consumption "pushed" onto them everyday...

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 21, 2013

Everyone is beginning to see how horrible the meat industry is. Unspeakable cruelty, waste of resources and energy, environmental degradation and harm to human health. Plant proteins are far better for humans and don't carry a heavy toll. It would be best if you get out of the killing business. It's not good for you either.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 21, 2013

Wow. The idiocy of people. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly points to the fact that plant-based diets are more beneficial to human health than omnivorous diets. In addition, the environmental caused by the animal agriculture industry (which contributes more to global warming than the entire transportation industry...or are you guys the kind of people who don't even believe in global warming?) and the holocaust-like conditions for the billions of lives tortured, raped, enslaved, and murdered in this industry are enough to make anyone with a brain sick. Step back for a moment and remember that YOU are an animal, we are ALL animals, and desensitization is a learned behavior. This "meat-in" BS is messed up.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 21, 2013

@Anonymous above me,
You make a valid point, however, most college campuses offer meat-free meals every day. Even if they do not, there are other ways of maintaining a meat-free diet. Honestly, al that having a "Meat-Free Monday" does is increase the amount of students who pursue fast-food. Honesty, it feels more like the Vegetarians and Vegans are pushing their agenda harder than the meat industries.
I support Meat-In Monday (even though I'm no longer a college student). And I have one question for the organization/people in charge of it. Where can I get a T-Shirt?

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 21, 2013

How do Meatless Mondays "increase the amount of students who pursue fast-food?" Do you have any evidence to back this up? I think this is a highly unlikely argument. Perhaps proponents of plant-based diets are indeed pushing their agenda harder than the meat industry; after all, the facts that they present are so undeniably true that the meat industry often has no way to counteract the information dispersed by vegetarians and vegans aside from downright lying to the public, which of course it does through advertisements and movements such as this "meat-in."

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 25, 2013

I am proud of Penn State for doing this, as a beef producer I am proud to know that students involved with Animal Sciences are letting the public know that Animal protein is just as healthly as plant protein. Also, I would like to state, that many of the beef farms in America are family owned, and Famliy Farmers raise cattle to serve their family and yours. We understand the healthier the animal the better the product for our consumers. We would never want to hurt our animals because of that concept, Also on another note about the Environment, if you as the consumer do not think EPA or other Environment Agencies are making sure we, Beef producers are doing our best to follow thier laws please visit ExploreBeef. org or talk to a local beef producer who can tell you thier own stories about how they raise thier cattle and protect the Environment.

Kathleen (not verified)
on Jan 3, 2014

It has been proven now through a project called The China Study that animal protein, when consumed over 5% of a person's total diet, turns on cancer. Remove it, and cancer virtually goes away, as does a lot of diabetes, heart disease, and many other problems such as gout, asthma, and many other diseases.

You can look up The China Study by T. Colin Campbell on Google.

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