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Maybe you’re not ready to go vegetarian all the way but like the idea of cutting out some of the meat you eat? If so, Los Angeles may be the perfect city for you. With the help of the city counsel, Los Angeles has now declared each and every Monday “Meatless Mondays”.

NBC News reports about the city’s efforts to cut down on meat consumption and the impact it can have on health and the environment.  Though L.A. is not the first city to promote Meatless Mondays, it is the largest. When residents and restaurants start to take part in the weekly veggie day, cities across the country can really make a difference in lowering overall meat consumption. The Meatless Monday website reports about a number of restaurants from neighborhood delis to 5-star bistros that are now participating in taking the meat off the menu each Monday.

Los Angeles’ Councilwoman Jan Perry explains how Meatless Mondays can have positive effects on a community. Perry says, “Eating less meat can prevent and even reverse some of our nation's most common illnesses. We've become disconnected in some ways from the simple truth that our health is directly affected by the foods we eat.” The council also adds how lowering consumption of animal products can greatly reduce “our carbon footprint.”

What do you think of Los Angeles’ Meatless Monday initiative?

Would you go to a restaurant that takes part in Meatless Monday? Do you think this type of program can have a positive effect on health and environment?


 

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  • jemappel By jemappel
    11.26.12  

    I'm a vegetarian (actually, I'm technically a pescetarian because I eat fish but not meat or chicken), but I don't necessarily support this. I have no issue with other people eating meat, and some people I know (who are very healthy and at a good weight) seem to need to eat meat to feel sated. It seems like some people really do need to eat meat more than others. I think that "Junk-less Monday" where people don't eat junk food and sugary beverages would do a lot more for people's health than Meatless Monday. Additives and pesticides in our food are a lot worse than meat.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    11.26.12  

    We have always had at least one meatless day a week....it's really easy and so much healthier!

  • bluegirl123876 By bluegirl123876
    11.26.12  

    I'm vegetarian so I don't mind. I think it would be cool if more people do it.

  • stefaniek99 By stefaniek99
    11.26.12  

    Any time you can get people to think about what they eat, it's a good thing. I'm by no means a vegetarian, but I definitely appreciate any attempt to get people to think about alternative ways of eating.

  • kriszabrowski By kriszabrowski
    11.27.12  

    I'm not sure how I feel about this idea... I know that for someone like my husband, who takes his freedom of choice seriously, this would probably make him want to eat -more- meat, if anything. I am all for cities promoting healthy eating habits and more informed decisions when it comes to what we ingest, but I think the responsibility still needs to remain with the individual and not with the city they live in. I think the best policy is to -encourage- Meatless Monday, but don't -enforce- it.

  • daniellelynneb By daniellelynneb
    11.27.12  

    I have at least 3 meatless days a week. I am not a vegetarian but I do love eating meatless meals.

  • babsywabs By babsywabs
    11.28.12  

    The surest way to get me to do something is to tell me I can't. If people don't want to eat meat, that's their choice. I, however, love meat - all kinds of meat. If my community were to attempt to tell me that I had to skip meat one day a week, they would have a fight on their hands. As for the health benefits of not eating meat - that is certainly debatable. Do some research, read some studies on both sides instead of jumping on the veggie bandwagon just because "somebody" said it was healthier. As we've seen repeatedly, the "sombodies" are frequently wrong. Bottom line - if you like meat, eat it. If you don't, don't.

  • couponing4bmx By couponing4bmx
    11.28.12  

    me and my husband is trying to cut down on meat and the idea of meatless monday is a good motivation and keep people aware of healthy living...i salute to that!

  • jlo8162 By jlo8162
    11.29.12  

    I am not a vegetarian but I feel that we should always try to do things to enhance our lives and to be more healthy and what better way than to go "Meatless" one day a week! There are some great meatless products out there and one of my favorites is the Nate's Meatless Meatballs. Try them!

  • MrsLamberson By MrsLamberson
    12.08.12  

    My family tries at least once a week to eat a meatless meal anyway, so why not just dedicate it to mondays :)

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