Words by Eliseo Recarey
Illustrations by Katie Herchenroeder
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chancellor Richard Carranza, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announce “Citywide Meatless Mondays” beginning September 2019-2020. The wait is finally over, as public school students will replace harmful processed meats, and enjoy mouthwatering meals like pasta, grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza, and of course vegetables for their Monday lunch.
This citywide dietary change will benefit a large spectrum of the community: helping students take care of their bodies, perform better in classes, decrease harmful chemicals like pesticides and GMOs, lessen the impact of climate change and global warming, and lastly, reduce the effects of animal cruelty.
Meatless Mondays will help students appreciate the goodness of healthy foods, as well as pave the path for a healthy lifestyle. Also, the idea of Meatless Mondays will inspire students to eat right, and avoid becoming overweight or getting a heart disease at a young age. The variation of foods being served will allow students to look forward to lunch by breaking up the monotony of the same meals every day. These circumstances will positively impact students’ ability to eat healthy, socialize with classmates, improve their performance in class, and become active during recess.
Moreover, Meatless Mondays will help students refrain from eating foods with chemicals like pesticides and GMOs that can be harmful to your body. Meals like pasta, grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza, and vegetables will provide a fair amount of nutrients that will help students sustain energy throughout their day – without the use of unhealthy chemicals.
Similarly, chemicals like pesticides perpetuate climate and increase the prevalence of changing temperatures, endangering animals and humans, and erratic weather. In other words, Meatless Mondays will reduce harmful chemicals being used because of the healthy meals that will be served. With the mitigation of climate change, planet Earth will be able to lessen its horrific transformation.
Lastly, Meatless Mondays will have a positive effect on animal rights; less animals have to be killed to be eaten. Animals take a hard hit because of their popularity to be served, but with Meatless Mondays students can recognize that animals do not have to be food. This will help save many animals that live in severe conditions, and help students understand that there are more dietary options out there.