‘Meatless Mondays’ hit first Florida school district, critics spot agenda

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Students attending Sarasota County public schools might be wondering, “Where’s the beef?”

The answer won’t be found between two buns, at least, not on Mondays.

Sarasota County Schools kicked off a Meatless Monday campaign this week, nixing traditional protein-packed food items for vegetarian substitutes.

The program is part of “a popular international movement… to promote abstaining from meat one day a week for personal health and for the health of the planet,” reads a statement forwarded to Watchdog.org by a school district spokesman.

The program will continue every Monday for the rest of the school year and vegetarian dishes will be offered alongside meats on other school days.

“In Sarasota County, we strive to provide a variety of food choices and saw this as an opportunity to showcase meals with legumes and other meat-free protein sources with which they may be unfamiliar,” said Karla Dumas, the district’s food and nutrition manager.

Meatless Monday is a project of the nonprofit Monday Campaigns, an initiative associated with Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Syracuse universities. It’s taken root in other parts of the country — mostly New York City and California — and has high-profile endorsements ranging from Michelle Obama to the U.S. Humane Society to vegetarian celebrities.

Continue reading at Watchdog.org

By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog

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