Skip to comments.'Meatless Mondays': LA urges residents to turn vegetarian one day a week
Posted on 11/11/2012 4:39:33 AM PST by Pinkbell
Los Angeles is hoping to persuade people to become vegetarian at least one day per week. Under a resolution unanimously approved by the city council this week, all future Mondays in the City of Angels have been declared "Meatless Mondays."
It's part of an international campaign to cut down on meat consumption for health and environmental reasons.
Both the spiritual home of the hamburger and a haven for the health-obsessed, Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to support the Meatless Monday campaign. The nonprofit initiative, started in 2003, is associated with Johns Hopkins University's public health school.
Councilwoman Jan Perry, who introduced the motion with Councilman Ed Reyes, noted the environmental impacts of meat production, and she emphasized that a high-meat diet has been linked to health problems such as colon, prostate, kidney and breast cancers, as well as heart disease.
"Eating less meat can prevent and even reverse some of our nation's most common illnesses," Perry said.
"We've become disconnected in some ways from the simple truth that our health is directly affected by the foods we eat,'' she added.
Her motion posted 12-0 in a council session Friday.
Reyes said it is easy for individuals to feel helpless in the face of issues as big as global warming or the obesity epidemic, "but the small changes we make every day can have a tremendous impact. That's why this 'Meatless Monday' resolution is important. Together we can better our health, the animals and the environment, one plate at a time.''
The council resolution referred to the link between livestock and environmental problem, and noted that reduced consumption of animal-based foods can "lower our carbon footprint."
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By the way, while I'm not vegetarian, I have immense respect for people who choose to be due to love of animals. The LA Council making this public resolution, however, is ridiculous.
Just another example of a goverment body with too much time on their hands, or one that refuses to address the important issues they are faced with.
Yeah, I’m sure all the Mexican restaurants are going to go vegan. No more tacos lengua, etc. Fat effing chance.
It’s the government party telling you because they are your god how you should and will live.
Yes!!!!! I’m actually hoping the denizens of LA become accustomed to picking their own LA River Polk Salad and eating it a few days a week. That’s what my family had to do back during the depression.
I do this every Friday and have been for 50 yrs.
Eggplant doesnt taste like steak...
Memo to the City of Los Angeles, FO.
They didn’t do that for health or the environment...they did it to prepare people to cope with less...
That’s the real reason here.
Wow! Thanks for the morning eye opener. Looks delish!
Hey, how about “Veggie-less Monday”? Protein rules!
Bone in Rib Eye if not mistaken. Beef is harvested from Cows that are vegitarians, therefor beef is a vegitarian by product. Also consider the human mouth. Our teeth are those of a carnivore. We were not designed to graze.
We have one of those every Monday. Now I’m going to have a problem waiting. (drool) Guess I’ll have to make do with the “after church” pot roast.
“Hey, how about Veggie-less Monday? Protein rules!”
Cults put their members on a low protein diet...
How about all the burger places close down every Monday and reduce worker hours accordingly with a message to write the city council?
I was raised Catholic, back in the day, we couldn`t have meat on Friday, my Grandpa always said “the Pope`s brother must own a fish market”
First they encourage you.
Next, they force you.