cafeteria-cuisine-gnu.jpgMeatless Monday is a campaign that aims to get Americans to cut out burgers and dogs one day each week as a way of trimming the hefty greenhouse gas emissions produced by the livestock industry — 18% of the world’s total carbon output, according to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

In a big leap forward for the movement, the Baltimore Public School District announced recently it would adopt a Meatless Monday menu for its 80,000 students, saying they wanted to “ensure the kids eat and learn about healthy, environmentally-friendly choices”.

The school system’s actions yesterday earned it the 2009 Award for Visionary Leadership in Local Food Procurement and Food Education from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. 

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