San Diego schools going meatless on Mondays

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Veggies Next fall, elementary school cafeterias in the San Diego, Calif., Unified School District will be offering meatless menus on Mondays. 

Earlier this week the district’s Board of Education voted 4 to 1 to implement the meat-free initiative, citing that nearly 28 percent of children in the country are overweight or obese, according to CBS 8 News.

"Our job is to improve our students' prospects for a healthy, happy and successful life," School board Trustee Kevin Beiser said. "Learning how to make good food choices is an essential component."

The vote affects all of the district’s elementary and K-8 schools.  Read more from CBS 8 News here.  The district is the second largest in California serving more than 132,000 students through grade 12.

However, not everyone supports the decision. NBC San Diego reports that Trustee Scott Barnett points that poorer students depend on well-rounded nutrition at school.

“I cannot support this resolution. We need to do more analysis, more study. How are our kids going to be impacted by this?” he asked.

Instead of meat, Monday menus will feature plant-based foods, including vegetable lasagna, baked potatoes, grilled vegetable paninis or tofu and vegetable stir fry.  Click here for more.

The Animal Agriculture Alliance, offers multiple sources to counter Meatless Monday, including how meat can be included as part of a healthy diet and other misconceptions surrounding the push.  

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VT  |  June, 06, 2013 at 08:21 AM

Wouldn't it make more sense to eliminate fried food and junk food instead of meat? Oreos, french fries, and ice cream, and cheese pizza are meat free, but that does not mean they are healthier foods.

Kansas  |  June, 07, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Thanks for your comment Kyle! It's great to read something that actually makes sense.

Idaho  |  June, 07, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Such a shame how our school children are being manipulated by the food police! As if eating nothing but soybeans and arugula will magically make kids grow up to be rich and famous. At the same time our schools are failing to teach math and science. Sort of a deliberate pattern here -- meatless, mathless, scienceless Mondays...and every day...and every year...for a lifetime of years. Sentenced to a life of dull stupidity performing menial drudge labor for Chinese entrepreneurs. Don't be fooled. You won't live longer this way kids, it will only seem like it.

SD  |  June, 07, 2013 at 06:08 PM

Those poor kids! And such silly leaders! Why do they refuse to believe the nutritional benefits of beef? It truly is 'brain food' and young children desperately need it, especially if their families are not providing adequate nutrition at home. Years ago, there was a study done in the southwestern US, I believe, which showed that children who had eaten mostly vegetable proteins improved their scores after being fed a diet rich in nutrients of beef, possibly hamburger, for a period of time. Such activism surely isn't for the benefit of children, but for the political future of those leaders making the decisions.

Germany  |  June, 10, 2013 at 08:42 AM

Oh my god, not even a patronizing of San Diego on the basis of stereotypes and false claims. There are a number of good arguments for a balanced diet containing meat. For example this one: Based on the nutrient density, animal foods are in terms of their environmental performance usually better than pure plant food. Omnivores feed on environmental friendly. This fact french scientists have now confirmed after analysis of the eating habits of 2,000 people. See

mn  |  June, 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM

this is all crazy. beef animal agriculture is so crucial to our entire economy. All the medical drugs like anti rejection drugs for transplants insuliin, brake fluid tar binder for our streets and on and on it goes. who are all these stupid sick people!!!

IL  |  June, 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Years ago they tried that in our school district. Guess what ! Children brought a sandwich, A lot of children got detention. That lasted about 3 months.

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