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de Blasio Mandates Vegetarian Diets at NYC Schools to Save the Planet

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In a move that would make Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) proud, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday that he would be implementing a city-wide “Meatless Monday” for all NYC public schools to keep a green planet “for future generations to come.”

The program will begin in the 2019-2020 school year and will offer only vegetarian menus for breakfast and lunch on Mondays. The idea was first piloted in 15 Brooklyn schools in Spring of 2018.

“Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said de Blasio in a press statement.“We’re expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come.”

Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza said, “Meatless Mondays are good for our students, communities, and the environment. Our 1.1 million students are taking the next step towards healthier, more sustainable lives. Our students and educators are truly leaders in this movement, and I salute them!

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