Berkeley City Council Institutes "Meatless Mondays"

Only vegan food can be served at city events on a certain day each week.


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Anneli Star Josselin Rufus

The Berkeley City Council has just become the nation's first such organization to institute "Green Mondays," on which only vegan food will be served at city events and meetings taking place on a certain day each week.

“I'm not asking people to give up meat, I'm asking us all to think about what it is that we do every day, how we can reduce our meat consumption," said Berkeley City Councilmember Kate Harrison, as reported by TheHill.

Berkeley will team up with Green Mondays US, a national outfit that advocates vegan diets as a means of sustaining the environment. 

The text of the resolution, which was passed at last week's City Council meeting, reads

"City-owned and City-managed facilities and programs will provide only plant-based foods on Mondays (or another day of the week) and educating residents on the impacts of their food choices on climate change and the environment. ...

"By systematically reducing meat and dairy consumption, the citizens of Berkeley can accomplish two objectives; substantially reducing our collective greenhouse gas emissions and serving as a model for other municipalities across the country and around the world."

It is not yet known when the program will be implemented. 

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