Can swearing off meat one day a week really save the planet? Some think so, and now, schools across the country are forcing children to participate in “Meatless Monday” activism to do just that, the Daily Caller reported Tuesday.
According to the Meatless Monday website, schools from Virginia to San Diego have implemented the program. Activists say the idea of giving up meat one day a week dates back to World War I, but the reason was much different. Instead of trying to save the planet as activists claim today, the intent was to help the war effort. Today, activists say it’s “fantastic for the planet.”
Even smaller school districts like that in Dripping Springs, Texas, are jumping on the bandwagon, Eric Owens said. According to Owens, the lunch menu at Rooster Springs Elementary School included meatless chili, meatless pizza, meatless burritos, some nachos “and more.”
“The cheese sauce is made with real cheese,” district food service director John Crowley told ABC affiliate KVUE. “It comes from Land O’ Lakes, and it actually has incredible value as a protein product.”
“With more parents and kids asking for vegetarian choices, we just decided to give it a try in Dripping Springs for a year,” he added. “We’re definitely not against meat. This is a pilot program we’ve decided to try this year and see how our kids do with it.”