We know Mayor Michael Bloomberg is keeping himself very busy with Sandy recovery efforts on the East Coast, otherwise we might wonder if he’d slip on over to the West Coast to have a chat with the Los Angeles City Council. That group just unanimously passed a resolution declaring “Meatless Mondays” will start off every week.
No, it’s not like it’s a binding law banning any consumption of meat, notes Time.com, but it does make L.A. the largest city to pass a measure encouraging residents to dial it back, meat-wise.
It’s a voluntary resolution, one that the council members said was passed in “support of comprehensive sustainability efforts as well as to further encourage residents to eat a more varied plant-based diet to protect their health, protect animals and protect the environment.”
In other words, it’s about the health of not only people, but the animals we eat. And you never know, someone could discover a love for kale they never knew they had!
The council members also tout experts like the American Dietetic Associations, which says there’s a positive impact of eating less meat, namely decreasing the risk of things like obesity, hypertension, diabetes and even some cancers.
While you won’t be arrested for indulging in a bacon cheeseburger on a Monday, the city council hopes it will encourage people citywide to eat healthier. The president of the Meatless Monday movement is pleased to have such a high-profile city on its side.
“We are of course really pleased and excited,” says Peggy Neu, president of Meatless Monday. “I think one of the things that’s so great about a city adopting the resolution is that the whole community can get behind it. When people from all sectors can join together to do it–like restaurants, hospitals, schools–it gives you a sense of community.
Previously in Meatless Mondays: USDA Upsets Meat Lovers By Posting Internal Memo Pushing “Meatless Mondays” On Its Website