De Blasio Pushing ‘Meatless Mondays’ for Kids’ Lunches

Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing public schools to replace their school lunch menus with all vegetarian options, starting with “Meatless Mondays” to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

De Blasio made the announcement that 15 schools in Brooklyn will no longer serve meat on Mondays beginning this spring at PS 1 in Sunset Park, one of five schools that have already banned meat in all of its meals, upsetting some children and their parents.

Those schools serve “spinach wraps,” “crispy tofu,” and “tofu and noodles.”

“Cutting back a little on meat will help make our city healthier and our planet stronger for generations to come,” De Blasio said. “[First Lady] Chirlane [McCray] and I are excited to participate in Meatless Mondays at home, and we thank Borough President Adams for leading the charge behind this healthy and sustainable initiative.”

De Blasio said everyone should switch to a more “plant-based” diet.

“Even if you had a bacon, egg, and cheese this morning, you still should want to see more and more of our diets go to a plant-based approach,” he said.

Not all students agree. Eight-year-old Gavin Garcia, a student at PS 1, was asked by the local CBS 2 affiliate if his fellow students are all pleased with this year’s school menu?

“No,” he said. “They don’t like vegetables.”

Evie Maldonado said her kids do not like the all-vegetarian meals. “I wasn’t that happy because some kids like meat,” she said.

De Blasio said the move would fight climate change. The mayor’s office said “Meatless Mondays” will “help reduce carbon footprint and preserve resources like water.”

New York City Department of Education’s “Office of Sustainability” has already mandated lunches be served on an “eco-friendly compostable plate.” Schools also now have three different trashcans, including a brown bin for “food scraps.”

The move is in line with former first lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch standards, which caused millions of kids to stop purchasing lunches and an increase in food waste.

De Blasio’s office cited several New York City politicians who are vegans to praise the plan.

“As a vegan myself, I have seen what a great effect such diet can have on my own health and I am excited to see this coming to public schools,” said Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda. “I hope that this great pilot project comes to the Bronx next.” 

“As I’ve learned during my time as a vegan, going meatless can be delicious,” said Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal.

Food scientists have warned that vegetarian and vegan diets can be harmful to children. Lindsay Allen of the University of California has said providing kids a vegan-only diet, which foregoes dairy products and meat, is “unethical.”

“Meat provides a concentrated source of essential micronutrients such as zinc, vitamin B12, calcium, iron and vitamin A, which cannot easily be obtained solely from plant foods,” Allen said.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    DeBlasio is a example of those wackos from PETA and proof that some can live a long time without their brains just take a look at our campuses to know what i’m squawking about

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    Amber

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    Looks like De Blasio hasn’t missed to many meals . How many have been paid for by tax payers ?
    Liberals can’t attract people on their own to their views so they
    use there offices to down load on kids .
    I hope the DNC gets sent the bill for wasting $millions on the
    bought and paid for Trump smear campaign Russian dossier.
    They outright lie it wasn’t them till the evidence is overwhelming . No wonder Hillary said they were all going to jail if the Clintons lost . FIFA authorization fraud , fake personal hit jobs , spying on Americans through their blanket unmasking on a daily basis etc etc . Keep draining Mr . Trump you have barely started .

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    Sonnyhill

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    Take Meathead off the ballot. Stick a fork in him, he’s done like dinner.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Hitler was a vegan a gun control advocate animal lover and a enviromentalists meaning HITLER WAS A LIBERAL

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    4TimesAYear

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    It won’t do a blessed thing for the planet, nor will it stop climate change. He’s delusional. Inmates are running the asylum.

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    David Lewis

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    This is one of the clearest examples of what the AGW is about. They want to force everyone to adhere to their religion. What about the kids from families who know that climate alarmism is a fraud? There is no freedom of choice here. It would be like the Catholics back when they didn’t eat meat on Fridays trying to force everyone else to do the same. It would be like the Mormons trying to force everyone to stop drinking coffee.

    Everyone must pay the higher electric rates for green energy or pay the carbon taxes that they want to impose. These are the reasons I fight the climate change movement. I am not being paid by the oil companies as Bill Nye would have everyone believe.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Oil companies are not villains. They are providers. They are essential to modern society. The U N is the real parasite, looking to draw money from the people who need fuel to get to work and pick up groceries on the way home. Bill Nye is a parasite, too. He is useless to society and actually a liability to the fraud. He is Bill the Shill.
    Just as the Democrats have been revealed as the real commie colluders, the IPCC is losing cover.
    Climate Armageddon is a dragon from never-never land.

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    Amber

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    Agreed David Lewis . Nye fits the current pattern of liberals
    who fall back to some form of identity politics or labeling when
    people stop drinking their cool-aid .
    The real test for these people is when they are surprised so few people will pay for the stuff they are trying to sell . They know the jig is up and as they have done so many times they find a new thing to occupy their time . Being attached to the worlds biggest fraud is not going to end well .
    It’s easier to do than say well maybe their are other facts to consider . Aslong as they are name calling

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