Brooklyn Eric Adams and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Turning Schools Vegan
NYC Revolution With Bill De Blasio & Eric Adams
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has brought the popular Meatless Monday campaign to the city’s schools. The move acknowledges the health benefits of a plant-based diet as well as the sustainability benefits. The kids seem to agree, showing enthusiasm for the city’s plan and the new meat-free meals. Carmen Farina, the Schools Chancellor, described it as
“a movement long overdue.”
De Blasio showed his enthusiasm for the proposed changes. “Cutting back a little on meat will help make our city healthier and our planet stronger for generations to come,” he said last October.
Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced that both he and First Lady Chirlane McCray will be taking part in eating vegetarian on Mondays. “Chirlane and I are excited to participate in Meatless Mondays at home, and we thank Borough President Adams for leading the charge behind this healthy and sustainable initiative.”
Brooklyn Borough President Adams switched to a plant-based diet after his own experience with type-2 diabetes. Since making the transition, he has become an outspoken advocate for the plant-based diet alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio. Adams showed his support for the Meatless Monday initiative stating that the program has the power to “transform the health of thousands of our city’s students, as well as open the door to a powerful conversation that children can have with families on nutrition and wellness.”
Some New York City schools aren’t just giving up meat on Mondays, they’re giving it up altogether. Bergen Elementary School, located in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, where the Meatless Monday announcement was made, is one of five schools in the city that serves an exclusively vegan menu every day.
In the United Kingdom, the Vegan Society is demanding that more plant-based options be available in the public sector.
“By public sector canteens, we mean places like hospitals, schools, prisons, universities, workplaces etc. Basically anywhere where you go not out of choice, but because you have to eat.” A spokesperson for the Vegan Society, Dominika Piasecka, explained. “Veganism is protected under human rights and equality law, meaning vegans have the right to suitable, animal-free catering in public sector settings. It’s important to remember a vegan food option isn’t just for vegans – it often constitutes a safe dietary choice for everyone. We encourage people to get in touch with their local council, asking them to influence procurement across the public sector.”
The United States and the United Kingdom are not the only countries interested in shifting toward healthier food options.
Rio De Janeiro announced a partnership with the Humane Society International (HSI) in early 2018 with the goal to help four cities adopt plant-based meal programs in their schools. The move affects 23 million meals served annually
“Providing our school districts with plant-based meals will help save environmental and public financial resources, allow for a future of healthy adults, and build a fair world for the animals,” Leticia Baird, Brazilian public prosecutor for the environment in the state of Bahia, said in a statement.
Sandra Lopes, the food policy manager for HSI in Brazil, added: “We applaud the cities of Serrinha, Barroca, Teofilandia, and Biritinga for becoming the world’s first school districts to commit to going 100 percent plant-based. It’s an honor to have worked with city authorities, nutritionists and school cook on the adoption and implementation of this initiative, and we’re excited to continue working closely with them to ensure the success of this program.”
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