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Boston, Philly Join Push for 'Meatless Monday' at Schools

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 03:02 PM

"Meatless Monday" has come to two more of the nation's largest metropolitan school districts.

Both Philadelphia and Boston schools have embraced a vegetarian cafeteria day, following in a pattern of other districts around the nation, including Detroit and Los Angeles, as the federal government pushes a healthier nutrition plan and as school officials seek to comply by offering a broader array of healthier meals that satisfy student diners.

In Philly, the city's School Reform District, which has taken control over management of finances and achievement, has hoped to satisfy diverse needs of its increasingly international student body, The Philadelphia Tribune reported.

The move is supported by the Humane Society, which helped to start an online petition for more meat-free meals at schools, the Tribune noted.

“They’re really looking forward to expanding meat-free options in the future,” Kristil Smith, food policy manager for The Humane Society in Washington, D.C., said of Philadelphia schools. “We support it because it’s a great way to reduce the number of animals suffering on factory farms.”

While the idea seems to have gained traction in urban districts, at least one school system in Texas that has piloted a similar program has felt the wrath of the state's agricultural commissioner, Dallas' CBS Local reported.

After the Dripping Springs School District began a meat-free lunch program at three elementary schools, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples decried the move as an "activist movement" trying to "eliminate meat from Americans’ diets seven days a week," the Austin American-Statesman noted.

In San Francisco, the dining option, which was announced for schools in September, seemed to go over easier as it was embraced by districts such as Oakland, West Contra Costa and South San Francisco Unified, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Some meat and poultry industry supporters, however, disagree with the motive.

"Meatless Monday is not a grassroots effort to celebrate healthy eating," noted the Animal Agriculture Alliance, according to the Chronicle. "It's a well-funded, radical campaign pushing an extreme animal rights and environmental agenda by promoting false claims about animal agriculture."

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