WeWork Bans Meat To 'Help' Employees "Reduce Their Personal Environmental Impact"

Meat-loving employees of co-working giant WeWork are going to have to stick to veggies and sushi after the company notified its global staff of 6,000 that they will no longer reimburse meals that include meat - and it won't pay for any red meat, poultry or pork at WeWork events.

Co-founder Miguel McKelvy detailed the new policy in an email to employees this week, noting that the firm's upcoming "Summer Camp" employee retreat would offer no meat options for attendees. 

In his email, McKelvey advised employees that the meat-free move would affect the company’s travel and expense policy, as well as WeWork’s "Honesty Market," a self-serve food and drink kiosk system present in some of its 400 co-working buildings. -Bloomberg

We're sure there will be ample soy-based options to fuel WeWork employees' need for protein, while it is unclear if fish will be an option since it's not specifically mentioned in the memo.

The company says they're introducing the new policy for environmental reasons. "New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact," said McKelvey in the memo, "even more than switching to a hybrid car."

According to a 2013 study published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences- livestock production (including meat, milk and eggs) contribute 40% of agricultural GDP, while a 2006 report from the Food and Agriculture Organization found that livestock is responsible for 18% of human-related greenhouse gases. 

what’s clear is that American levels of meat consumption can’t be sustainably adopted by the rest of the world, even if livestock management becomes more efficient globally. -Time

That said, WeWork employees who require "medical or religious" allowances are discussing options with the company's policy team. If they're granted exemptions, however, we assume they will be met with disapproving looks from jealous co-workers as they sink their teeth into their meat of choice.


Mr. Universe directaction Fri, 07/13/2018 - 21:39 Permalink

Not only is it bad nutrition but also bad science. Vegans sitting around eating avocado toast are the ones destroying the planet.

More people on the planet means more resources being extracted from the earth, regardless of whether or not we are vegan. Avocado producing countries are feeling the avocado squeeze because of American’s high demand for guacamole. Acres of rainforest are being bulldozed to plant more avocado trees. Demand is so high that Mexico, which produces about half of the world’s supply, is thinking about importing avocados,while an average Mexican can’t even afford to buy them to eat.

Farmers in Mexico are cutting down pine forests in order to grow the lucrative crop and may threaten the habitat of Monarch butterflies.


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Jessica6 Mr. Universe Sat, 07/14/2018 - 11:02 Permalink

Not to mention shipping. Funny how they always leave that part out - a vegetarian diet is pretty much impossible in northern climates unless you're trucking in fresh fruit or veg regularly. I wonder if these nitwits are even familiar with the term "out of season". I mean, if they're content living on plaintain and dandelion leaves, dried apples and tree bark in the winter they can go for it but they need to quit this farce that they're more 'environmentally friendly'.

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Endgame Napoleon Yukon Cornholius Sat, 07/14/2018 - 18:26 Permalink

We.....work.....gig-piecework jobs in here, but live with our parents since rent is out of reach for most of America’s 78 million gig pieceworkers and 101 million working-age citizens who are out of the workforce. “Independent” housing, along with monthly cash assistance, electricity assistance and up to $6,431 in refundable child-tax-credit cash, is available, compliments of Uncle Sam, to many of America’s single-earner moms, legal immigrants and illegal aliens in single-breadwinner households with US-born instant-citizen kids who are likewise eligible for free EBT food. Most of them eat meat. They work part time, keeping their traceable income under the income limits for the pay-per-birth welfare programs. One way that non-womb-productive / non-welfare-eligible gig pieceworkers, living on earned-only income in mom’s basement, can distinguish themselves, feeling like they are indeed middle class despite all evidence to the contrary, is by eating a special meat-free diet. It might just be a marketing trick, appealing to the mega market of aspiring-to-be-affluent-enough-to-afford-rent gig pieceworkers. 

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