Monday, July 8, 2013

Oakland Resolution Declares “Meatless Mondays” City-Wide


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Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney presents a Meatless Monday resolution to Souley Vegan founder Tamearra Dyson
At a City Council meeting last week, Councilmember Libby Schaaf, District 4, and Desley Brooks, District 6, introduced a resolution, which the council passed, declaring every Monday to be “Meatless Monday” in Oakland. The resolution encourages residents to eat meat-free meals on Mondays and restaurants, businesses, and other local institutions to offer more plant-based foods at the start of every week to improve community health, environmental sustainability, and to reduce the number of animals factory farmed.

Meatless Monday—started during World War I by the U.S. Food Administration as a resource-saving measure and modernized in 2003 by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health—is a growing movement. Hundreds of colleges and universities, thousands of K-12 schools, hospitals, and other institutions have started participating, including Oakland Unified School District and Mills College.

The goal of Meatless Monday is to lower rates of chronic, preventable diseases and ailments like heart disease, cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes by reducing meat consumption. Reducing meat consumption has other benefits as well. According to the Environmental Working Group, “If everyone in the U.S. skipped eating meat and cheese one day a week, it would have the same impact on our environment as taking 7.6 million cars off the roads.”

“Oakland has long been a pioneer in sustainability and we’re always looking for effective, yet simple ways to get people eating healthier, so promoting Meatless Monday in our city makes sense,” said Councilmember Schaaf. “Participating in Meatless Monday is an easy—and delicious—way we can all make a big difference for ourselves and the planet.”

Read the full resolution here.

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1 Comments:

At July 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM , Anonymous Oakland Veg said...

Thanks for sharing this! Oakland Veg is happy to work with restaurants interested in getting involved in serving more meat-free and vegan dishes, including publicizing their menus. Contact us at info@oaklandveg.com if we can help in any way!

 

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