Philadelphia City Council Passes Meatless Monday Resolution


With vegetarian and vegan restaurants popping up left and right lately, it was only a matter of time before city officials took notice. Now it looks like the meatless trend has officially swept City Hall with last week’s passage of an official resolution in support of Meatless Mondays right here in Philly.

The public health/environmental movement, in which adherents eschew meat one day a week, has already been recognized in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Of course, the resolution doesn’t carry the weight of law—i.e. if you’re caught eating a cheesesteak next Monday, you won’t be arrested—but the move helps raise awareness about healthier eating in Philly.

The resolution, introduced by Councilman Bill Green, was green lighted on October 17th. Click here (warning: PDF) for the the complete text of the resolution.

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  • ThorsMitersaw

    healthier eating implies eating meat is not healthy. go to hell

    • Laura

      Eating meat is not healthy. Read the China Study or look into recent scientific research. A protein present in all animal products leads to higher levels of disease and mortality.

      • Tikigod

        Nice try, but the China Study has been debunked. Pick another argument.

      • pjcostello

        LOL!! Our teeth are designed to eat meat, not vegetables; ergo, eating meat is good for us. Next?

      • ThorsMitersaw

        pretty fucking sure man has got along just fine without suppliments and bullshit to fill the gaps by eating other animals for thousands of years.

  • Some Guy

    I think as far as health is concerned a sugarless saturday would work a lot better, or maybe a fried-less Friday where fried foods are cut out. Meat consumption is a vital part of human history and evolution, so cutting it out for health purposes is at a minimum a strong confusion of nutritional priorities!

    • Rachel

      Meatless Monday isn’t just about our health, but the health of the environment as well. Animal agriculture causes more fossil fuels than all transportation combined, and we could feed a lot more people in this world if we grew fruits and vegetables instead of meat. Look at the numbers, and you will see why so many are supporting Meatless Monday.

    • ChemistMan

      The value in “meat” comes from the concept of amino/ fatty acids. Where do the animals that you eat get it? Vegetation. The amino and fatty acids are what are important. Much of this is lost in the cooking process and meat actually becomes a carcinogen. Humans are the only ones that have to cook their meat to eat it. That is not natural. If you want to really look at the science then look to the electrical energy that comes off of food. We are talking physics. Dead flesh has a very low energy. Fruits and veggies have a higher energy. They are also alive. What makes man think that eating dead will encourage life? The science is not there is you really look and have the training to see the science behind the trend.

      • Tikigod

        Wow. So much wrong with what you said and is basically vegetarian/vegan scaremongering and false statements.

        Humans have the digestive system of a carnivore for the most part. Herbivores have multiple stomachs or mechanisms to regurgitate and rechew their vegetable/grass diets. Many even resort to eating their feces to recycle the nutrients. Humans do none of that, nor need to.

  • Harish

    I applaud the Philadelphia CIty Council for adopting the resolution urging residents to go meatless on Mondays. The vast majority of the meat we eat in this country, especially the meat of chickens and pigs, is produced on large factory farms where sentient animals are treated like machines without regard to their capacity to feel joy, pain, comfort, fear and the dread of separation. Sows are confined for most of their lives in gestation crates so small they cannot even turn around or lie down comfortably. According to USDA data, the chickens we eat are bred, fed and drugged to weigh over six times their natural weight until their soft young bones can barely support their overgrown bodies. Each Philadelphia resident who goes meatless even just one day a week reduces the number of animals who have to suffer for us. Isn’t it a lovely bonus that going meatless also improves our health and the environment?

  • Nina

    Eating meat 6 days a week seems weird to me. I only eat meat a couple times a week, if that. If you’re going to eat meat, make sure it’s organic, wild caught or grass fed – avoid the hormones and toxins that are pumped into mass-produced products. Eating meat isn’t entirely bad, but like everything in life – use moderation!