October 4, 2013
Buffalo Public School District Joins Meatless Monday Movement
Buffalo Public School District has joined the international Meatless Monday movement by offering exclusively meat-free meals in its K-12 cafeterias every Monday and by educating students about the health benefits of eating more plant-based foods. The move earned praise from The Humane Society of the United States.
Bridget O’Brien Wood, director of child nutrition services, said: “At Buffalo Public School District, we believe that healthy eating helps create healthy minds. We’re participating in Meatless Monday to encourage healthier eating decisions and start to introduce our students to the wide variety of healthy, delicious plant-based foods available."
Kristie Middleton, outreach manager of farm animal protection at The HSUS, said: “Americans have among the highest per capita meat consumption in the world, and providing more information and meat-free meals to kids can raise their consciousness about food as it relates to public health, the environment and the treatment of animals.”
The Meatless Monday campaign, now a popular international movement, began in 2003 at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Monday Campaigns, to promote cutting out meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet.
The Humane Society of the United States advocates compassionate eating – or the Three Rs: “reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products, and “refining” our diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.
High demand for meat pressures farmers to opt for more industrialized production systems where they can lose touch with the animals. These systems also squeeze smaller farmers who have a harder time competing with factory farms.
- Meatless Monday is an international movement to promote the public health benefits of reduced meat consumption. Other important effects include animal welfare benefits and a more environmentally sustainable diet.
- Polls show that 50 percent of people in America are aware of Meatless Monday and that roughly one in five are participating in it.
- People who eat fewer animal products can have lower rates of weight gain, dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease and other health problems than people who eat a typical American diet.
- Public figures including President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Rev. Al Sharpton, and athletes like Carl Lewis, Venus Williams, and Tony Gonzalez have recently touted the advantages of meat reduction.
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