Los Angeles, USA - Less Meat More Veg - Greenpeace - Less Meat More Veg - Greenpeace

Los Angeles, California has the second-largest school system in the United States, and serves 650,000 meals every day. So it might seem daunting to have such a big institution embrace plant-based diets – but that’s what they’ve done.

Since 2012, the Los Angeles schools have participated in Meatless Monday every week (Meatless Monday is a campaign to get people around the world to go meat-free one day a week). The schools also educate students about the benefits of a plant-based diet, and require that any chicken served other days be hormone- and antibiotic-free. And in 2017, Los Angeles launched a pilot program serving vegan options with every meal in seven high schools.

What’s next?

Change isn’t always easy in such a huge system, but Los Angeles has shown it is up to the challenge. They should expand the program to two dedicated vegetarian days each week by 2020.

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