San Diego Public Schools Adopt Meatless Mondays

child.jpgAdding itself to the impressive list of institutions and organizations to take a stand for healthy vegetarian eating, Tuesday San Diego Unified became the latest school district to adopt Meatless Mondays.

Following the lead of LA Unified, Baltimore City Public Schools, and other school districts, the San Diego school board voted 4-1 in favor of serving only meatless meals to its K-8 students every Monday. "The goal is to reduce the world's carbon footprint, cut the risk of some disease and scale back the obesity epidemic among American youth," according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Mercy For Animals is proud to have endorsed Meatless Mondays in a letter to the board, as well as to have publicized Tuesday's hearing and mobilized local residents to attend. A large crowd turned out for the meeting in support of the initiative without any opposition.

The popularity of Meatless Mondays has been growing nationally and internationally, as trendsetting cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver, have made formal recommendations to their residents to go meatless on Mondays, and public figures from Oprah Winfrey and Jessica Simpson to Richard Branson and Al Gore have all adopted a vegetarian diet for at least one day of the week.

To learn more about the benefits of vegetarian eating on Mondays or any day, visit or order your free Vegetarian Starter Guide.