Monday, October 13, 2014

Meatless Monday Starts Young!

Meatless Monday is our opportunity to be a part of a larger change.

The change that Meatless Monday brings is part of a global movement. What better way to start than young?

Sarasota County schools in Florida fully committed to Meatless Mondays this past Monday, October 6th. This makes Sarasota the first district in Florida to participate in the program.

Schools within this district will offer no meat on Mondays. Instead, they will provide hummus, vegetable subs, pastas, salads, bean dishes, etc. After a trial period, the school will survey student reactions and satisfaction to see if the program should be altered or maintained. All in all, this program will get kids to think about eating healthier, so that they will be at a reduced risk for obesity and other health complications as they grow up.

Creating habits from a young age is crucial. Kids will learn to adopt certain ways of living that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. Meatless Monday has been around for a long time, but is increasingly becoming more popular now. Our generation hasn't grown up eating meat free on Mondays, but it's possible that generations to come will.

Here we have the opportunity to adopt this new movement before ahead of the game. We are only college students now. But when we start having children, they are bound to be exposed to these programs as they enter the school system. It's important that we educate ourselves on issues that will affect our future generations so that we can work with them to achieve whats best for our planet as a whole.

Currently, Ithaca Dining Services only highlights meatless options on Monday. However, we still provide some meat choices for those who do not participate in Meatless Monday. As demands on our planet increase, going completely meatless on Monday could be a reality.

What are your thoughts on Meatless Monday in our dining hall? Should we entirely phase out meat every Monday? Or is it necessary that we give students a meat choice?

Here is a chart created by Johns Hopkins Medicine. It shows what other sources of protein you can consume other than meat!
Happy Meatless Monday, 
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