NYC Implements Meatless Mondays in 15 Public Schools
Last Thursday, New York State banned the use of elephants in circuses. On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a Meatless Mondays pilot program to be launched in 15 Brooklyn schools. It’s been a good four days in the state!
According to Mercy For Animals, during a conference, the mayor, along with Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Brooklyn’s Borough President Eric Adams, announced the initiative set to take effect in spring 2018, in which:
“The schools will serve an exclusively vegetarian breakfast and lunch every Monday to 7,500 students. Menus will include tasty choices like crispy tofu, black bean quesadillas, and roasted chickpea tagine.”
“We understand that there is a climate crisis and an obesity crisis. Both of these crises can be meaningfully addressed by adopting more of a plant-based diet.”
Borough President Eric Adams, who went vegan last year after being diagnosed with type II diabetes, noted the significance of the pilot program, stating:
“We’re going to look back on this day and reflect on the changing direction of not only Brooklyn, not only New York, but the entire country and the entire globe.”
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the United States, piloted a vegan meal program.