New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that NYC’s public schools will be going vegetarian one day per week in order to save the Earth.
De Blasio told a press conference Monday that the change will help improve the health of New York’s students, and will hopefully have an impact on climate change.
“Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “We’re expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come.”
“Meatless Monday” options will include things like “whole grain rotini pasta with herbed marinara sauce,” and the likely less popular, “kid friendly kale salad.”
The program, at least, is “cost neutral,” since the city already spends money on feeding students; in this case, they’re simply adjusting the menu to accommodate one vegetarian meal per week. Like other cities, New York is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and a costly experiment in vegetarianism might just be what sends the city — and the city’s residents — over the edge.