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New York City Public Schools Ban Processed Meats From School Lunches

by | October 7, 2019

New York’s City Council recently passed a ban on processed meats in public schools. 

Resolution 238 was introduced by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Fernando Cabrera in 2018.

“We cannot continue feeding our children substances that are scientifically proven to increase their chances of cancer later in life,” stated Borough President Adams, citing the World Health Organization’s 2015 report, which deemed processed meat such as hot dogs, pepperoni, bacon, sausage, and deli meats as carcinogenic to humans. 

“Hot dogs and ham sandwiches are in the same class of substances as cigarettes,” Adams continued.

“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 meats.”

Adams also shared that he had personally reversed his own type 2 diabetes diagnosis by adopting a plant-based diet in 2016 — and has been met with Council support.

“This will not only lead to healthier children, but also to more sustainable and environmentally friendly food consumption,” said Council Member Rosenthal.

Rosenthal also added that, through this new resolution, New York City continues to lead the way in serving healthy school meals as it now not only participates in “Meatless Mondays,” but offers daily plant-based meals to every student and several fully vegetarian schools.

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Green New Deal & Processed Meats

In 2017, “Meatless Monday” programs were introduced to 15 individual Brooklyn schools. This year, Mayor Bill de Blasio expanded this program to span all 1,700 public schools in NYC.

As a part of NYC’s “Green New Deal” initiative to become carbon neutral by 2050, the mayor also announced plans to reduce the amount of meat served in all city-operated facilities including within hospitals and jails — with plans for eventual elimination.

What do you think of the city’s ban on cancer-causing products? Leave your thoughts in the comment below.


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