New York City, The Brooklyn President To Ban Lunch Meat In Schools
Eric Adams, the vegan, and progressive Brooklyn president has taken heed of the reports that processed meat is a direct cause of cancer, with a new resolution, that he will ban lunch meat at New York City public schools.
Together with the NYC Council members, they worked on a resolution, that would affect all public schools within the New York City district.
Fernando Cabrera, the district council member of the Bronx, said “We cannot continue feeding our children substances that are scientifically proven to increase their chances of cancer later in life,”
Adams said “Chicken nuggets and sloppy joes are in the same class of substances as cigarettes. We know that we would never give our children cigarettes to smoke, so there’s absolutely no reason why we should continue poisoning our children’s health with processed foods.”
Cabrera supported Adams, stating, “I’m introducing this resolution today to protect the health and well-being of New York City’s children. On a personal note, I made the choice to adopt a plant-based diet to protect my own health, so I firmly believe that we must do all that we can to ensure that our children eat properly.”
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Mayor de Blasio’s office said he’s weighing the proposal.
“This Administration is committed to providing all our students with free healthy and nutritious meals. We launched the Meatless Monday program and are reviewing this proposal,” said mayoral spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie.
In 2015, less than 20 percent of New York City children aged six to 12 ate more than five items of fruits and vegetables a day, and one in every three children nationwide is now either overweight or obese, the lawmakers said.
Last year, youth-driven initiative The Coalition for Healthy School Food—supported by Brooklyn president Adams—worked with all 1,200 NYC public schools to add at least one vegan option to their menus.
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