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https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2019/03/11/de-blasio-to-make-mondays-meat-free-in-schools-904076

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce on Monday that New York City schools are no longer serving meat on Mondays to their 1.1 million public school students.

While other cities, including Los Angeles, have taken up meatless Mondays, New York City’s is the largest school system in the nation to embrace the cause.

“Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers' health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” de Blasio said in a statement provided to POLITICO.

The announcement comes following a yearlong experiment to determine if New York City students (and their parents) would prove receptive to breakfasts and lunches devoid of all animal products except eggs and cheese.

The program began in 15 schools last spring. This school year, the city quietly began to experiment with meatless Mondays in schools across the city, under the rubric of "Jumpstart Mondays." Breakfast offerings began to include oatmeal and cheese sticks, but no turkey bacon. Lunch menus listed baked penne, “broccoli trees,” and grilled cheese, but no hamburgers.

According to the city, the experiment has proven successful and cost-neutral. The Department of Education says its Office of Food and Nutrition Services will go back and forth with students before finalizing the meatless Monday menu, which will launch officially in the fall. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, whose decision to go vegan a few years ago reversed his diabetes, has championed the meatless Mondays cause.

“When we are serving food that causes cancer … [and] childhood diabetes, we’re feeding the crisis,” he told POLITICO in a recent interview.

Over the course of the last century, experts say meat has come to occupy a more central role in the American diet, and in diets of industrialized nations worldwide.

“America kind of reflects the pattern you see replicated around the world,” said Bob Martin, 66, a program director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and a supporter of the meatless Mondays campaign. “As we moved up economically, meat became more and more of a centerpiece of the plate. And I think that when I was growing up, meat was really a bit of a luxury.”

That changed as agriculture developed “a really cheap, industrial way to produce meat in large quantities,” Martin said.

The repercussions for human health, the environment, and animal welfare have proven dire — undercutting the very notion that factory-farmed meat is, in fact, cheap.

“There are lots of externalized costs of meat production through either health problems or environmental damage that’s not reflected in the meat production price,” Martin said.

Agriculture produces about a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, and “intensive meat production is on an unstoppable trajectory comprising the single greatest contributor to climate change,” according to a recent report in The Lancet.

The World Health Organization considers processed meats a carcinogen and red meats a likely carcinogen. The saturated fats in meat are implicated in heart disease and other health problems. People concerned with animal welfare, meanwhile, consider the grim conditions in factory farms a moral offense.

De Blasio has long championed the abolition of New York's horse carriage industry as an animal rights issue, but in 2016, bioethicist Peter Singer, the father of the modern-day animal rights movement, said that meatless Mondays would be a more effective way to improving animal lives.

“The Mayor could encourage healthy eating, reduce animal suffering, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of meat served in school lunches,” he said at the time.

And now that is happening. The Department of Education serves about 880,000 meals daily. Every year it serves 150 million breakfasts and lunches.

“I applaud the school system for doing it,” Martin said. “I think it’s a really important, significant signal because of the size of the school district, but also, for the health of the kids, too.”

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If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

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Thank you Democrats. Without you how would we know how to live our lives

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The rationing begins In the Socialist Country of NYC 

Monday ( Meat )

Tuesday ( Bread )

Wednesday ( Cheese )

Thursday ( Vegetables )

Friday ( Fruits ) 

Saturday ( Alcohol )

Sunday ( Sex ) 

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2 minutes ago, TimmySmith said:

Fundamentally not against it but meatless meals tend to cost much more. That is why this one will eventually die.

It is really hard to eat the plate of a  $1.25 worth of cauliflower and broccoli, you steam yourself. :dunno:

 

 

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24 minutes ago, BiPolarBear said:

It is really hard to eat the plate of a  $1.25 worth of cauliflower and broccoli, you steam yourself. :dunno:

 

 

That is one way to make meatless Mondays in schools last for one day.

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like most things, don't see what the big deal here is.  I wouldn't eat meat every day at school..it was probably less than 50%.  

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11 minutes ago, Herbivore said:

like most things, don't see what the big deal here is.  I wouldn't eat meat every day at school..it was probably less than 50%.  

This was my first thought. Are these schools only serving 1 option everyday for all the students. Or if they have multiple options, are they only things like meatloaf or meat pies? Or hamburgers or pot roast? 

I remember also having options like  grilled cheese with tomato, pasta, salad, etc. They also didn't have meat everyday.

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Seeing as how they are providing TWO meals a day to these kids, many if not most for focking free, I don't really give a crap what they serve.

Schools serving breakfast is freaking ridiculous. 

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File this away in the “Whatever” closet.  So they’ll serve fish sticks instead of chicken nuggets.  

Save the planet y’all!

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2 hours ago, Herbivore said:

like most things, don't see what the big deal here is.  I wouldn't eat meat every day at school..it was probably less than 50%.  

Because fock you .gov. Virtue signaling shitbags. 

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3 hours ago, TimmySmith said:

That is one way to make meatless Mondays in schools last for one day.

That';s what you want, isn't it?

Also, plant based diet is way cheaper for a day or a lifetime. It is not my fault. I can;'t imagine how you can defend such a statement. 

 

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As a hunter, fisher, and obvious carnivore I am for this change. It should improve health and reduce government spending.

 

I am all for people reducing their beef and pork intake. I am trying to cut back myself, I am a vegetarian at least 2 days out of the week now.  My goal is even less than that, but I have my doubts. 

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4 minutes ago, MTSkiBum said:

As a hunter, fisher, and obvious carnivore I am for this change. It should improve health and reduce government spending.

 

I am all for people reducing their beef and pork intake. I am trying to cut back myself, I am a vegetarian at least 2 days out of the week now.  My goal is even less than that, but I have my doubts. 

fock dude just come out of the closet already soy boy

whats next I only suck c0ck 1 day a week?

 

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31 minutes ago, BiPolarBear said:

That';s what you want, isn't it?

Also, plant based diet is way cheaper for a day or a lifetime. It is not my fault. I can;'t imagine how you can defend such a statement. 

 

It's not plant based; they mentioned grilled cheese for instance.  So instead of say chicken or pork, they get cheese and simple carbs.  Woohoo, health!

Also, vegan diets need fat and protein.  Examples are avocado and nuts, neither of which are cheap.  Or I guess they can provide a bunch of beans, but then the kids would fart a lot which does not fit the mayor's model of helping the environment.  :dunno:

 

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So schools will swap their crap cheese pizza Tuesday with hamburger Monday. This is a glorious thing. Keep up the good work. Next let's start talking about if catsup is a vegetable. Oh, already did that one.

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13 hours ago, RaiderHater's Revenge said:

fock dude just come out of the closet already soy boy

whats next I only suck c0ck 1 day a week?

 

And we wonder why good poster are leaving in droves.

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The best way to have a healthier community is to encourage a variety of options... INCLUDING meats.  If their real objective is health, which I don't think it is, then their menus should be health driven and not restrictive.  But I wouldn't expect a politician to know that... well, "DO" that, anyways.

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and of course he wouldn't make it on fridays which is typically the day for a lot of Christians to fast from meat...and a day of a lot of food places still have no meat options.

dumfock liberals.

 

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Stoopid Democrats - where do they get off making policy and telling people what they can and can not eat?

The nerve, next thing you know - they'll be forcing people to kneel during anthems and stuff...

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21 hours ago, kutulu said:

If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

Stand still laddie!!!

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20 hours ago, Herbivore said:

like most things, don't see what the big deal here is.  I wouldn't eat meat every day at school..it was probably less than 50%.  

Of course you don't. 

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I am going to start purchasing and cooking up various meats on Mondays for dinners. I also will purchase some nice deli roasted turkey, thin sliced and make a sandwich out of it for Monday lunches.  

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8 hours ago, sderk said:

I am going to start purchasing and cooking up various meats on Mondays for dinners. I also will purchase some nice deli roasted turkey, thin sliced and make a sandwich out of it for Monday lunches.  

You know what would be a great business idea?  Get a "hot dog cart" of sorts, and have all kinds of meat options and stand outside of NYC schools on Monday's.

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