Nov 11, 8 years ago

‘Meatless Mondays’: LA urges residents to turn vegetarian once a week

‘Meatless Mondays’: LA urges residents to turn vegetarian once a week

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.”

The decision was made “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.”

The resolution also pointed to statistics showing more than half of Los Angeles County residents are obese or overweight, and stated reduced meat consumption can lower health risks.

By Melissa Pamer,

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  1. November 11, 2012
    About time. I ll tell you it's a win win situation for every one including the animals.:)
  2. November 11, 2012
    When you no longer believe in God, the State becomes your god.
  3. November 11, 2012
    Says the state that doesn't require labeling thy foods for GMOs.
  4. November 27, 2012
    See Colossians 2:16 We are not dying because of meat, we are dying because of sin.
  5. November 27, 2012
    To go MEATLESS ? No thanks, Iv been there in the past, all because of RELIGION. I love Meat to much.
  6. November 27, 2012
    1 Timothy 4 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead. 3 They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. 4 Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. 5 For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.
  7. November 27, 2012
    When you no longer believe in God, you realize you don't need to believe in the State either. Free yourself.
  8. December 3, 2012
    I urge people to go Veg 365 days /yr & save the Planet :)
  9. December 6, 2012
    God is our Creator ,and gave us the right foods to eat at creation.Grains,nuts and fruits were the original foods.If mankind had kept to this instruction many ,many of the illnesses and diseases that we are plagued with today would never have befall us,the cause------DISOBEDIENCE.Be warned.

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