In a move sure to please vegans and vegetarians, and equally sure to anger meat lovers, the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution urging residents to pledge they won’t eat meat on Mondays.
The resolution, which the Los Angeles Daily News reports passed 14-0, does not have the force of law and the council does not intend to force Meatless Mondays on anyone who does not wish to participate. Still, the goal of the resolution is to guide residents to make healthier food choices while reducing strain on the environment.
The Republic points out that L.A. is hardly the trend-setter on this issue however, as San Francisco passed a similar resolution in April of 2010. The Los Angeles City Council, though, has often moved to try and have an effect on the food choices of its residents. Councilwoman Jan Perry, for example, has gone so far as to call for a ban on new fast food restaurants being constructed in South L.A.
She also supports Meatless Mondays.
“We can reduce saturated fats and reduce the risk of heart disease by 19 percent,” Perry said. “While this is a symbolic gesture, it is asking people to think about the food choices they make. Eating less meat can reverse some of our nation’s most common illnesses.”
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association responded in July to the growing support of Meatless Mondays, questioning the health and environmental benefits of the initiative.
“The fact is the consumption of beef is not only healthy, but the carbon footprint of the production of beef has dramatically decreased as a result of innovative environmental stewardship implemented by America’s farm and ranch families throughout the country,” the organization wrote in a statement.
Meatless Monday initiatives date back to rationing in World War I and II and have since resurfaced as part of health and environmental impact drives.