Following in the footsteps of San Francisco and Washington D.C., Cincinnati is set to become the nation’s third Meatless Monday city. Members of The Green Cincinnati Food Task Team are urging city council members to embrace the campaign in order to improve public health.
Known for its German-inspired comfort foods, the meatier aspects of Cincinnati’s diet may be causing the city some health woes. In June the state of Ohio was ranked 13th in the nation for obesity and hypertension and 9th for instances if diabetes. A Meatless Monday resolution drafted by the task force attempts to alleviate these issues, acknowledging that “predominantly plant-based diets will prevent or delay a significant proportion of non-communicable chronic diseases” including “ischemic heart disease, [high] cholesterol [and] blood pressure… hypertension, type-2 diabetes, prostate and colon cancer… and obesity”.
Having a Meatless Monday would also help the city meet the Meat Consumption Reduction recommendations that were set in 2008’s Green Cincinnati Plan. With these facts in mind, the Green Cincinnati Task Team hopes that passing a Meatless Monday resolution will “encourage individuals, institutions and businesses to provide and consume more plant-based foods, especially those grown locally and organically”.
Take action to help Cincinnati go meatless! Sign the Cincinnati petition to tell city council members that Meatless Mondays are an easy and affective way to recommit to health each week. You can also work to take the movement even further by writing to your town’s council (check out your city’s official website for contact information).