See, Los Angeles' leaders can't force residents to make better lifestyle choices, specifically in terms of what foods they're consuming on a weekly basis but they can let residents know it would make them super happy if they'd forego certain satch-fatty foods on certain days of the week.
Last week, the L.A. city council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that would encourage residents to not eat meat on Mondays. This, of course, will be known as "Meatless Mondays" among Angelenos who pay any attention whatsoever to what their city council members are urging them to do.
Councilwoman Jan Perry said, "While this is a symbolic gesture, it is asking people to think about the food choices they make. Eating less meat can reverse some of our nation's most common illnesses."
Councilman Ed Reyes added, "The issue is how does a local municipality engage in this and how do we create change. If we do it one plate at time, one meal, one day, we are ratcheting down the impact on our environment. We start with one day a week and then, who knows, maybe we can change our habits for a lifetime."
It's all a nice-ish idea "engaging," "creating change," "symbolically gesturing" but adopting resolutions that politely urge people to do things like give up meat one day a week seems a little lame. If Atlanta's council adopted a similar resolution, would you abide by it? Just for fun? Or to make them happy? Or to change the course of your future by maybe decreasing the amount of fat you eat each week? (I say "maybe" because it's probably doesn't count to sub-out a chicken breast and vegetables for grilled cheese and french fries.) Personally, I could get behind, say, Tobacco Tuesday. Or Whiskey Wednesday.
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