Concerning our eating habits and our environment there has been a movement implementing a day of the week where meat is not consumed. Since World War I, a movement called “Meatless Monday” was implemented to start the practice of consuming vegetarian meals and reduce the amount of meat consumed by people. Another reason why the people are starting this movement is to help reduce pollution caused by the animals on the farms and improve the environment by reducing the amount of suffering animals on farms. In Texas they are starting to implement this idea for the kids in school to create a “healthier” diet for the kids and remove the option of meat in their lunch menu on Mondays.

The response to this movement is negative from the general public while those who are more involved with food and vegetarian ideals support this matter. There are people who say it is a conspiracy to create a society that does not eat any meat and prevent the animals from being killed. This kind of methodology of “improving” the meals the kids eat makes it seem as though it is restricting the kids and society about how people should eat. This brings up the issue of Amelia Simmons American Cookery, during the preface of her book she repeats the notion of being independent and strong as a new generation with no real guidance but choosing by ourselves. Could this movement hinder the way we chose to live or would it become an every-day part of our lives if it were to continue?

Sources:

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/texas-meatless-mondays-spark-controversy-for-conservatives/54172a1f78c90a675d0003b5

http://munchies.vice.com/articles/the-beef-industry-is-terrified-of-meatless-monday/

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  1. I don’t feel like this movement would ever fully be adopted. Because of America’s strong tendency for independence and value of freedom, as prescribed by Amelia Simmons, the idea of adopting, in some sense, a cultural nuance would go against the very grain of America’s nondescript food culture. While the tradition of varying traditions has always been the American way, America has prospered as a “meat” country. The amount of money that is poured into the beef country each year is reason enough for Americans to not only object to this destruction of their free market, but to promote the very good that that has been known to contribute to a large chunk of energy use each year. In addition, the limiting of children’s food options is another spot of sensitivity for Americans. In a lunch room filled with carbonated beverages, pizza, and candy as depicted in the countless food documentaries, the move away from meat, even just one day, would cause an uproar. While “Meatless Mondays” proposes a great step towards sustainability, its limiting of the “can’t be tamed” American diet would not be accepted by many.

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