Los Angeles City Council calls for ‘Meatless Mondays,’ cites health and environmental concerns
NY Daily News: The drive-thru capital of the world has declared Mondays meatless.
In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution encouraging residents to go vegetarian on the first day of the work week as part of an international movement aimed at reducing the planet’s meat consumption.
“Eating less meat can prevent and even reverse some of our nation’s most common illnesses,” Councilwoman Jan Perry said. ”We’ve become disconnected in some ways from the simple truth that our health is directly affected by the foods we eat.”
The councilwoman noted that meat-rich diets can play a part in the development of heart disease and cancers of the kidney, prostate, breast and colon. “We can reduce saturated fats and reduce the risk of heart disease by 19 percent,” Perry said.
Environmentally, reducing meat consumption can shrink a community’s carbon footprint and help slow global warming.
Still, the city’s anti-meat motion doesn’t really have teeth: It is not backed by force of law and is merely a recommendation, but council members hope it will encourage residents to take a few small steps to improve their health and the environment.
This move aligns the city with a larger meatless campaign launched in 2003 by affiliates of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. It has since been backed by 30 public health schools.
Even though Los Angeles has a budget deficit of over $230 million, their unemployment rate is 9.4%, and has over 23,00o homeless citizens, the council chooses to spend their time on a useless resolution. Priorities, after all.