New York City students can say hello to "Meatless Mondays" come the start of this Fall. Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced this new meal program in the city as a way to improve New York student's health and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. Schools will offer all vegetarian breakfast and lunch options on Mondays. However, de Blasio did make clear that while the school is only serving non-meat options on Mondays, students are still allowed to bring in their own lunches from home that may contain meat.
The mayor told a news conference that: "We're expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come." In addition to the mayor's comment, the reason for going "meatless" is not just to help the planet, the school system believes that plant based diets are linked with a lower risk of developing conditions like cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease to name a few.
How would you feel if your child came home and told you the school was doing "Meatless Mondays"? Would you be cool with that? Are you opposed or for it?