The Los Angeles city council unanimously voted in favour of a resolution endorsing Meat Free Monday, the international nonprofit campaign that asks people to drop meat from their diet once a week.
The council approved the resolution last week Friday, asking residents to go vegetarian once a week for their health and the health of the environment. Los Angeles is the largest city to sign on to the campaign, which was started nearly a decade ago with the John Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health in an effort to reduce the risk of the leading causes of death; cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. The city joins the likes of Washington, D.C., San Fransisco and Raleigh, N.C.
“Eating less meat can prevent and even reverse some of our nation’s most common illnesses,” said Councillor Perry. “We’ve become disconnected in some ways from the simple truth that our health is directly affected by the foods we eat.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health Services, more than half of the Los Angeles County residents are obese or overweight.