In a 14-0 vote on November 9th, the Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution urging LA residents to give up eating meat on Mondays. The nationwide “Meatless Monday” program was originally developed during World War I as a means of rationing but was revived in 2003 by Sid Learned of Meatless Monday (http://www.meatlessmonday.com/).
Its goal is to get people to give up eating meat one day a week in order to help protect our environment and our health as eating meat is linked to a number of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.
Although health advocate Lerner only focused on health and environment, giving up meat also reduces the number of animals that must be killed for food and thus reduces the number of animals raised in inhumane and unsanitary factory farming operation.
Los Angeles is the third most polluted city in the United States with over 4 million cases of cardiovascular disease. Although much of this is attributed to poor air quality, eating meat and breathing LA air is a double-whammy.
While the resolution calls for voluntary compliance, and therefore won’t have much impact on the fast food burger munching crowd, it does point out that government is recognizing the role that meat consumption has in damaging our environment and our health.
A copy of the resolution adopted by the LA City Council is being sent to the Denver City Council by the Carnism Awareness Task Force in the hopes a similar resolution can be adopted here.