Which Meat Free Week are you after ?

In the coming years, we hope to bring Meat Free Week to more countries. By supporting either Australia or the UK, you’re helping us along that journey

Did you know 70% of smallgoods (ham, salami, pepperoni etc) sold in Australia are made with imported pork, increasing your risk of antibiotic resistance.
More Australians are supporting sustainable and ethical farming practices. Are you one of them?
Australian's eat over half a billion chickens a year. Most are factory farmed. Where does yours come from?
At a time when some 800 million people suffer from malnutrition, one third of the world's harvest is fed to farm animals. Enough to feed almost three billion people.
Almost 92% of Australians are not eating enough vegetables. What's on your plate?
“By participating in Meat free week you can do your bit to bring about some positive change.” Simon Bryant
Leading world scientists warn of water shortages for food production by 2050. It takes 3,900 litres to produce 1kg of chicken and just 1,300 litres of water to produce 1kg of wheat.
Why is Meat Free Week only one week? Because we didn't think you'd make it through a month!
The U.N. has identified the livestock industry as one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems.
Too much processed meat increases the risk of bowel cancer - Australia's 2nd biggest cancer killer. Are you at risk?
90% of bacon, ham and pork we eat has come from factory farms. Will you choose free range?
Australian's eat almost three times meat as the world average and double recommended dietary guidelines. How much are you eating?
Nearly all of the world's fishing zones have exceeded their natural limits because of overfishing. Yet, one third of all fish caught is fed directly to livestock. Does that make sense to you?

The challenge

The Meat Free Week vision is to see people all around the world participating in Meat Free Week and making the choice to eat less, care more and feel good. 

An annual campaign, taking place on 1-8 August 2016, Meat Free Week challenges participants to give up meat (including seafood) for seven days and raise money money via sponsorship. 

Meat Free Week is also about education, encouraging participants to become more aware of what they are eating and providing the knowledge to make informed choices. 

+ How to participate

Sign up and create your profile. Make sure you complete all the steps, including setting up your profile page and selecting your fundraising target. Having a profile page means others can easily find you and show their support.

+ Be informed. Read about the three key issues highlighted by Meat Free Week. This will help you explain to friends and family why you’re taking part in Meat Free Week.

+ Spread the word. Start your fundraising early by talking to everyone you know. Use your personal fundraising page to invite friends via email or Facebook. Tweet your support and/or Instagram your favourite meat free meals. The social media buttons on your personal fundraising page will help make this easier. 

+ Plan your week. Stock up on supplies. Check out the delicious meat free recipes provided by our favourite chefs and foodies. 

+ You're on. It's the 1st August and your meat free week has started. Keep hassling your friends - every dollar will make a difference!

+ Like us on Facebook @Meat Free Week

+ Follow us on Twitter @MeatFreeWeekOrg and if tweeting, remember to hashtag #meatfreeweek.

+ Follow us on Instagram @MeatFreeWeek and remember to use the hashtag #meatfreeweek.

+ Vegetarian or vegan?

If you're already living meat free, there are still plenty of ways you can get involved - recruit or sponsor a meat-eating friend, make a  donation or check out our other ideas here

Where your money goes...

When you make a donation to Meat Free Week, you can be confident of where your money goes.

Meat Free Week has experienced huge growth since the campaign started in 2013, and has secured an exciting future with prominent charity Bowel Cancer Australia.

Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to helping to save lives and to improving the health and wellbeing of people living with bowel cancer.

Participants of Meat Free Week have the opportunity to raise funds to support Bowel Cancer Australia’s vital bowel cancer prevention programs or elect to have the funds they raise reinvested directly back into the Meat Free Week campaign, enabling us to continue our growth globally.

When you sign up to Meat Free Week you will be sent an email asking which fundraising option you would like to choose, and the funds you raise will be allocated accordingly - bowel cancer prevention or Meat Free Week.

So come on, sign up for the challenge and help create real change.