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· NAMI urges retraction of New York ‘Meatless Mondays’ school policy
· Meatless Mondays Come to All New York City Schools
· Can 'Meatless Mondays' at New York City Public Schools Actually Curb Emissions?
NAMI urges retraction of New York ‘Meatless Mondays’ school policy
By Ashley Williams, GlobalMeatNews
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has called for New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio to reconsider making 1,800 schools adopt a ‘Meatless Mondays’ policy.
The meat organisation’s president and CEO Julie Anna Potts drafted a letter to the New York Mayor, expressing concerns over the “nutritional consequences” that the decision might have on children.
Anna Potts described the move in the letter as “disappointing and misguided” and said the policy was based on a collection of “half-truths”.
De Blasio announced the decision to cut back on meat for students on Mondays during a press conference this week, as he felt it would improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The NAMI president said in the letter that the Meatless Monday policy ignored a “simple fact” that meat and poultry products were excellent and affordable sources of protein...
Meatless Mondays Come to All New York City Schools
Kat Smith, Live Kindly
Mar 11, 2019
All New York City public schools– the largest public school system in the world — will offer Meatless Mondays in the 2019-2020 school year in a bid to improve student health.
The program — announced by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Chard A. Carranza, and vegan Brooklyn Borough President and 2021 mayoral candidate Eric Adams — will see vegetarian breakfast and lunch options served every Monday. It follows a successful trial led by Adams in 15 Brooklyn schools in Spring 2018, followed by a test-run at the city’s more than 1,700 public schools last fall.
The pilot received positive feedback from students, who were served meatless lunches such as grilled cheese, meat-free tacos, and a salad bar.
“Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We’re expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come.”
Throughout his term as Brooklyn Borough President, Adams has championed the health benefits of a plant-based diet. The NYC politician went vegan after learning he was losing his eyesight and suffering from nerve damage as a result of type-2 diabetes.
Last August, Adams helped launch the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program at Bellevue Hospital, one of the oldest public hospitals in the nation, to help combat chronic health conditions like heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. Last January, all 11 NYC public hospitals adopted a Meatless Mondays program.
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Can 'Meatless Mondays' at New York City Public Schools Actually Curb Emissions?
By Nina Godlewski, Newsweek
Starting in the fall, New York City Public School breakfasts and lunches will look a little different on Mondays. This week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan for “Meatless Mondays” in all of the city’s public schools starting with the 2019-2020 school year.
The reason behind the change to meat-free Monday menus is to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to help students adapt healthier lifestyles, de Blasio said. But can reducing meat intake help to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the amount of farmland used all over the world?
“Replacing meat even one day a week can improve our health and cut greenhouse gas emissions,” said Robert Jackson, a professor in the Earth System Science Department at Stanford University, told Newsweek. The city tested the new plan with a pilot program in 15 schools across the city before making the change systemwide.
“Consuming beef raises our carbon footprint more than eating any other meat,” Jackson said. Raising livestock, in addition to slaughtering, producing and shipping it, contributes to the high greenhouse gas emissions.
“Fast-food beef, often shipped from the tropics, can release carbon from deforestation. Belching cattle are one of the biggest methane sources from human activities. And eating plants is almost universally healthier than eating meat,” Jackson told Newsweek.
Global gas emissions from livestock alone, excluding those from manure, account for 7.1 gigatons of carbon dioxide each year, 14.5 percent of the human-made greenhouse gases total, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Beef and cattle milk are responsible for the majority of those emissions, 41 and 20 percent, respectively, of the greenhouse gas output for the sector, according to the FAO.
While phasing out meat one school day a week might seem like a small change, it can have big implications. Jackson put it simply: “It matters.”
There are approximately 1.1 million students in the New York City Public School System. Although students don’t their breakfast and lunch from school every day, “Meatless Mondays” can still significantly reduce the amount of meat the school system consumes as a whole, especially when viewed over the course of a year, or five years.
Individuals looking to follow suit but who hesitate to cut a rich protein source from their diets could start by focusing on reducing red meat specifically. “Eating chicken and fish is healthier than eating beef...