Progress! On Friday, LA became the biggest city in the country to officially embrace “ Meatless Monday “, designed to encourage its residents to go vegetarian at least once a week.
The city council voted unanimously to adopt the measure and declared one day a week to be officially meat free.
Congresswoman Jan Perry, who put the measure forward with Councilman Ed Reyes, cited growing concerns about high obesity rates and the environmental impact of eating too much meat.
“Eating less meat can prevent and even reverse some of our nation’s most common illnesses,” Perry said, referring to health problems such as colon, prostate and breast cancers, as well as heart disease, reports NBC News.
“We’ve become disconnected in some ways from the simple truth that our health is directly affected by the foods we eat,” she added.