Lawmakers in New York are aiming for a state-wide ban on processed meats in public schools to protect the health of their students.
The 'Ban the Baloney' resolution was supported by City Council members Fernando Cabrera, Helen Rosenthal, and Justin Brannan - and sparked by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ switch to a plant-based diet for diabetes management.
During the meeting, Cabrera said: "I'm introducing this resolution today to protect the health and well-being of New York City's children."
Adams agreed, saying: "We cannot continue feeding our children substances that are scientifically proven to increase their chances of cancer later in life.
"Chicken nuggets and sloppy joes are in the same class of substances as cigarettes."
A spokeswoman for Mayor de Blasio said the administration is 'committed to providing all our students with free healthy and nutritious meals', and that the resolution is under consideration.
Adams made the ban out to be a matter of black-and-white ethics.
He said: "We know that we would never give our children cigarettes to smoke, so there’s absolutely no reason why we should continue poisoning our children’s health with processed foods."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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