Meatless Monday: Aspen citizens become vegetarians for a day

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Carlos Laforet Coll
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Vegetarians for one day a week. In Aspen in the Colorado Mountains, it becomes mandatory. Paul McCartney, ex-Beatles strongly committed to the fight against climate change, as you will recall, had promoted it about 2 years ago, asking the European Parliament to officially institute the "Monday without meat" in the old continent. But the star's appeals fell on deaf ears and little or nothing was done. Now, however, the city of Aspen takes up this idea and embraces the "vegetarian" philosophy: since June every Monday is meatless. In homes, schools, hospitals and 20 of the best restaurants in the city, only vegetable dishes are prepared on Mondays.



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Vegetarians for one day a week. To Aspen in the mountains of Colorado, it becomes mandatory. Paul McCartney, ex-Beatles strongly committed to the fight against climate change, as you will recall, had promoted it about 2 years ago, asking the European Parliament to officially institute the "Monday without meat" in the old continent. But the star's appeals fell on deaf ears and little or nothing was done. Now, however, the city of Aspen takes up this idea and embraces the "vegetarian" philosophy: since June every Monday is meatless. In homes, schools, hospitals and 20 of the best restaurants in the city, only vegetable dishes are prepared on Mondays.



In the wake of what the WHO and the US government itself said, with President Michelle Obama's wife at the forefront of pushing for healthier eating and more exercise, scholars from John Hopkins University in Baltimore had called for decrease the consumption of meat, because of cardiovascular diseases and obesity, establishing "Meatless Monday" and launching the Meatless Monday movement.

The city of Aspen, while boasting a strong "carnivorous" culinary tradition, did not turn a deaf ear, but, as reported in a beautifulNew York Times article, immediately took action to join the initiative. Obviously, the criticisms of "Meatless Mondays" and doubts about the ethics of a "forced" choice were not long in coming, literally dividing the American citizen. The fact is that in Aspen, at least once a week, meat is banned.

Of course, the changes in the eating habits of a single town may appear insignificant when compared to the more than 300 million American citizens ... it still seems to us a noteworthy initiative for an opulent and consumerist country like America, where factory farms are real and their camps and obesity is a social scourge, not to mention the benefits that the environment could derive from it CO2 reductions!



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