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Food FYI: L.A. City Council approves Meatless Monday

November 12, 2012|By Betty Hallock
  • Veggies are in order after the L.A. City Council approves Meatless Monday.
Veggies are in order after the L.A. City Council approves Meatless Monday. (Sam Hodgson / Bloomberg )

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a resolution endorsing Meatless Monday, an international nonprofit campaign that says skipping meat once a week improves people's health and the environment.

The council approved the resolution Friday in a unanimous 12-0 vote, asking Angelenos to go vegetarian for one day a week. Los Angeles is the largest city to sign on to the campaign, which was started nearly a decade ago with the Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health in an effort to help reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Other U.S. cities that have endorsed Meatless Mondays include Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Raleigh, N.C.

Two years ago, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told The Times that he had cut meat from his Monday diet for his health, notes L.A. Now.

Councilwoman Jan Perry and Councilman Ed Reyes brought the resolution to the table, citing statistics that show more than half of L.A. County residents are overweight and that point to health disparities among those who have less access to healthful foods in L.A. 

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