First, New York City banned trans fats and giant sodas. Now, Los Angeles is encouraging "Meatless Mondays."
The Los Angeles City Council has adopted a resolution encouraging its residents to go vegetarian on Mondays. This is not law. It's all on a voluntary basis.
Council members say the plan to help reduce intake of saturated fats.
Los Angeles is the largest city in the U.S. to join the international effort to discourage eating meat on Mondays.
Organizers say going meatless once a week could reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. They also point to the environmental impact, saying going meatless once a week can help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.
In a statement, the American Meat Institute said "If the sponsors of the Meatless Mondays campaign were truly concerned about nutrition, they'd host 'More Veggie Monday.' Instead, they target for reduction of a food that is already consumed in the proper amount, and that is simply irresponsible."
Reaction to the resolution is mixed online.
"Okay, I will go veggie on Mondays. But what should I eat the rest of the week? I'm lost. City Council, please send me a menu for the other 6 days, or I may starve. Please tell me also where to shop and how much to buy. If you could send a guide on how to prep the meals that would help too. OMG, I'm so glad you're there."
"How is it any concern of the city council what people eat on any day of the week? And the council members are not exactly fitness models themselves."
"In honor of this, I'm going to start making my Mondays, eat as much meat as possible day. I will start making my "best burger in the world". It's made out of beef, venison, and turkey. (all ground of course). Then it's topped with bacon, and a chicken patty. It's pretty good."
Do you think the effort goes too far? Or is it a creative way to encourage people to be healthy? Leave your thoughts below.