AMI urges schools to drop 'Meatless Mondays'

by Editor
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

AMI is urging Baltimore Public Schools to reconsider its decision to hold "Meatless Mondays," noting that meat and poultry products are an essential part of a balanced diet.
"Meatless Mondays" is an initiative sponsored by the Grace Spira Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The name Spira refers to animal rights activist Henry Spira, founder of Animal Rights International. Baltimore's school system is the first to adopt the initiative, and the move means 80,000 students will have no meat option on Mondays. Three out of four students in the Baltimore Public Schools system are eligible for free and reduced meals and school meals may be the only significant source of meat and poultry in their diets.
Boyle urged Andrés A. Alonso, chief executive officer, Baltimore City Schools, to visit the Project's series of videos at to better understand the organisation behind the initiative. These videos seek to manipulate and mislead children through a cleverly produced, but factually inaccurate cartoon takeoff of the film "The Matrix." Ultimately, the group seeks an end to the United States' efficient and advanced food production system that delivers to Americans the most abundant and affordable food supply in the world.
Boyle concluded that he was confident that Alonso is concerned not just about the education of his students, but also about their health and nutrition status. He urged him to reconsider this decision and allow children every day that they attend school to access the most nutrient dense food available: meat and poultry products.