BY REBECCA SHEEHAN
West Coast living has always been a little bit different than the lives we lead over here on the East Coast. They experience warm weather all year long, versus our occasional nor’easters, and all the while Californians are always coming up with new innovative ways to keep their bodies physically fit and healthy. The new “it” plan taking over Los Angeles is Meatless Mondays.
Residents have now pledged they won't eat meat ont he first day of the week. The proposal was backed by City Council on Friday by a unanimous vote of 14-0, as reported by CBSNews.com.
According to NBC News, this is an attempt to promote good health among its residents and reduce the impact on the environment by the largest city in the nation to join the campaign. However, participation is completely voluntary. While the one-day vegetarian movement is city-wide, the Los Angeles Daily News is saying that Monday meat consumption cannot and will not be illegal.Councilwoman Jan Perry, who previously fought obesity by calling for a ban on new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles, introduced the meatless movement motion.
"This (Meatless Monday) follows the `good food' agenda we recently adopted supporting local, sustainable food choices," said Perry, in a Daily News article. "While this is a symbolic gesture, it is asking people to think about the food choices they make. Eating less meat can reverse some of our nation's most common illnesses."
Councilman Ed Reyes, who teamed up with Perry on the motion, is also a firm supporter of healthy eating habits for a better planet.
"If we do it one plate at time, one meal, one day, we are ratcheting down the impact on our environment. We start with one day a week and then, who knows, maybe we can change our habits for a lifetime," Reyes said to the Daily News.
This resolution will be backing up the city’s most recent “good food” agenda – which supports local sustainable food choices and introduces healthier food options to reduce obesity. According to the Meatless Monday website San Francisco adopted the meatless movement in 2010 with Washington, DC ,and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. following suit along with 24 countries. Ghent, Belgium was the first to go meatless in May 2009 and Paul McCartney introduced it to the United Kingdom soon after.