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Parent Petitions Seattle Public Schools to Adopt Meatless Mondays

Posted by hillaryu on June 17th, 2014

Megan Murphy handing Seattle Public School nutritionist Wendy Weyer the petitions.

Seattle mom Megan Murphy, will deliver petitions with more than 1,500 signatures from parents and students to Seattle Public Schools’ child nutrition department asking the district to implement Meatless Mondays.

Dozens of U.S. school districts have joined the Meatless Monday movement, a popular international campaign originally created by the U.S. government as a resource-saving measure during World War I. It was revived in 2003 by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Monday Campaigns to promote cutting out meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet.

School districts in some of the nation’s biggest cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, and San Diego are going meat-free one day a week to encourage students to eat healthier, more plant-based meals to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.

“Encouraging students to take a vacation from meat one day a week with Meatless Monday will do wonders for their health and academic performance,” said Rachel Huff-Wagenborg, Seattle Director for The Humane League. “It’s a great way to get kids eating healthier while reducing their carbon footprint and sparing animals from suffering on factory farms.”

“Schools have an incredible opportunity—and responsibility—to help get kids eating healthy as they’re developing habits that will stick with them for a lifetime,” said Megan Murphy. “For the sake of our children’s health and the health of the planet, I hope Seattle Public Schools will embrace Meatless Monday.”

The Humane League advocates for taking a once-a-week vacation from meat as a way to promote personal and public health, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the inefficient use of natural resources, and to decrease the number of animals raised in cruel confinement on factory farms.

They will be delivering the petition on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at noon, to the Seattle Public Schools’ District office (2445 Third Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98124).

For more information, visit the Human League website or contact Rachel Huff-Wagenborg at (206) 708-3292.



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2 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Parent // Jun 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I understand that if one is vegetarian that one wants to push that agenda into everyone. To frame it as a health issue seems very disingenuous. If anything, the science is turning around on the issue claiming animal fats may be healthier than vegetable fats.

  • 2 Sharonus // Jun 18, 2014 at 12:01 am

    @Parent, please cite your sources. I tend to keep up on food issues, and I have yet to see any reputable “science” that claims lard is healthier than an avocado.